How to make a cute and very useful wrist pincushion:
step by step tutorial
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This wrist pincushion is not very common, but I really like to use it all the time in my sewing. It is so comfortable when I pin paper pattern pieces to the fabric, or when I take pins out of the cloth. I am so used to it that when I forgot to put it on my wrist, I still stick the pins to my bare arm habitually.
Sewing this pincushion will not be difficult even for a beginner.
You will need:
- a small piece of yellow or red linen or cotton for the middle of the flower
- a bigger piece of printed cotton for 6 petals and the wrist band
- threads in tone
- 1 plastic plate
- stuffing material
- Velcro tape
- fabric glue, scissors
Make necessary pattern pieces
For this just use regular paper. Draw a circle with the diameter of 8 cm (or 3 in), cut it with scissors for paper (not with your sewing scissors)
For the petal pattern draw a rectangle 8 x11 cm ( or 3 x 4 ¼ in), cut it, fold it in half along the long side and draw a line as shown in this image on the right. Cut the petal.
Cut out 6 petal pieces from the printed cotton, using your pattern. Cut them exactly along the drawn contour.
Fold each piece in half right side of the fabric up. Thread your needle with a double thread, cut the thread a little longer than usual. Sew by hand small running stitches along the cutting line.
Pull the thread, gathering the fabric and making a petal. Don’t cut the thread yet. Do the same with the second piece, and with the third, etc. Put all the petals one after another on the same thread.
So, we got the flower. Fix the first and the last petal with small basting stitches so that the structure does not fall apart.
Now cut the circle from the red or yellow fabric. Make a running stitch at the very edge of the circle, leaving the thread with the needle.
Cut a smaller circle (around 4.5 cm) from plastic. This is absolutely necessary to protect your arm from pricking with pins while using the pincushion.
Slightly pull the thread, tightly filling the pocket with filler. In the end, insert the small plastic circle you made from a plastic plate, and tighten the thread to the end as much as possible. Secure the thread, but don’t cut it yet. With the same thread, sew the resulting part into the middle of the flower.
Now make the fabric band for your wrist
For this, cut a rectangle piece of printed cotton about 9 x 24 cm (the calculation of the length of the band was made for my hand; this part may have a different length if your wrist is narrower or wider than mine). Fold both short ends in about 2 cm and press. Fold the rectangle with right sides together, baste and stitch with the seam allowances 1 cm. Turn it right side out, baste and press. Topstitch the band. Secure small pieces of Velcro tape to each end of the band (so it would overlap for fastening) with a fabric glue and stitch them around the edges with your machine.
Attach the flower to the band with the fabric glue and some hand stitches – and you are done.