Hi everyone. It’s Lauren here from Molly and Mama. It’s great to be back at Sew McCool. And I have the sweetest little project to share with you!
There’s nothing more inspiring than surrounding yourself with beauty in your work space. This felt flower pincushion is calling you to get creative! It’s a simple project to stitch and is the perfect way to store your sewing pins! Using readily available materials, you can piece one together in an afternoon!
You will need:
* 100% wool felt in varying shades: You’ll need 27cm (11”) x 14cm (5.5”) for the pin cushion. I used lemon coloured felt. The flowers use a combination of white, lemon, apricot, pastel pink, baby blue and pale green felt pieces. The largest piece you’ll need is a white 10cm (4”) square for the magnolia.
* Co-ordinating embroidery floss or thread (six stranded embroidery cotton)
* Sparkly metallic quilting thread
* Polyfill stuffing
* Rice (or a weight for the pin cushion base)
* Fine, small scissors for cutting the felt shapes
* Embroidery needle and fine eyed needle for stitching beads
* Embellishments like crochet flowers, beads, sparkly rhinestone buttons, resin cabochons or other pretty pieces
* Hot glue gun
Select photo from Materials images if required
Make the Pin Cushion
1. Cut two felt circles for the top and base, with a diameter of 9cm (3.5”). Next, cut one felt strip for the side of the pin cushion – 27cm (11”) x 5cm (2”).
2. Pin the strip carefully around the perimeter of one circle. This will make the base and side of your pin cushion. I found it easier to pin a section and then stitch a section at a time.
3-5. Next, thread your embroidery needle with two strands of separated embroidery floss in a shade to match the felt. Stitch the side strip of felt to the base using blanket stitch. Continue to stitch around the perimeter of the base until you reach your starting point. You may need to change your thread once or twice.
6. Overlap the felt of the side piece by 5mm (and trim away any excess felt length).
7. Blanket stitch the sides together.
8. Pin the top circle of felt to the rim of the pin cushion.
9, 10 and 11. Blanket stitch the top in place by starting at the side seam. Change thread when necessary.
12. Stop stitching when you are three quarters of the way around the circle, but leave your thread intact (to continue stitching after stuffing).
13 and 14. Fill the base of the pin cushion with a layer of rice. This will add weight. Add polyfill stuffing to firmly fill the pin cushion.
15. Continue to blanket stitch the pin cushion closed.
16. Your completed pin cushion makes the perfect base for any pin cushion project. But here’s how we create the posy for the top!
Make the Flowers
Now it’s time to get creative. You’ll need a combination of flowers to cover the top of your pin cushion. Perhaps you’d like to make just one statement flower for the centre, or a whole lot of tiny Spring blooms to decorate your pin cushion top. You’re only limited by your imagination!
I selected a number of colours and materials to create my posy of pretties. Here’s a quick description on how to piece together a few of the blooms. Use the Felt Flower Template provided or cut your felt shapes freehand.
Cut the two blossom flowers from the template. Place the smaller flower over the larger one and secure together with a couple of stitches. Add a lazy daisy stitch to the centre of each petal using the metallic thread. Stitch a crochet flower to the centre and use hot glue to secure a sparkly rhinestone button on top.
Lemon and White Daisy
Cut a white daisy base from the template provided. Using the lemon felt, cut six small scallops in a strip 6cm long and 1cm high. Use a running stitch across the straight base to gather the felt. Pull gently to gather the flower, and secure. Use a straight stitch of metallic thread to add a centre vein to each petal. Stitch the lemon daisy to the centre of the white daisy base. Hot glue is great for adding a bit of sparkle with a blingy button!
Using the template provided, cut one white scalloped felt piece. Starting at the centre of the spiral, sew a running stitch close to the straight edge of the felt. Gently gather the stitching as you go. When you’re happy with the final shape, secure the flower’s layers with a number of well-placed stitches at the back. Add some pretty pearl beads if you wish.
The pink flower was made by cutting and stitching together five petal pieces. Line up the pieces in a row. Starting at one end, sew running stitches across the base of each petal, being sure the thread enters and exits each petal on the top side of the felt. Gently pull the thread to gather the felt pieces together. Secure the flower with some extra stitches.
Add another layer to the pink flower with a blue blossom. Use the same method as for the pink flower above. Lay the blue flower over the centre of the pink flower and stitch together. Add a resin cabochon with hot glue if desired.
Create more flowers with your own variations of colour and shape using the methods described above. Add metallic stitching, beads and buttons!
Arrange your Posy and Put it all Together
Arrange your flowers on your pin cushion top as you go. I made a number of different flowers and also cut a variety of freehand leaves. I’ve included the leaf template if you wish to use it.
Once I was happy with my floral collection and their placement, I used a few well-placed invisible stitches to firmly secure each flower and leaf to the pin cushion top. My completed felt flower pincushion looks as pretty as a spring posy!
Lauren of Molly and Mama is a contributor on sewmccool.com. To make sure you don’t miss a tutorial, please follow SewMcCool by e-mail (the link is at the top of the right-hand column) or join me on BlogLovin’ – the button is just below the e-mail feed box! 🙂