Welcome to the third installment of Festive Friday. So far, we've made painted mugs and embroidered tea towels – good solid gifts that are appropriate for just about everyone. Today, we get a little more specific: this off-set square pincushion would make a perfect gift for the sewing enthusiast in your life. (In the spirit of full disclosure: I actually made this pin cushion as a gift for myself. I love that traditional little red tomato and all, but whenever I try to stick it with a pin the darn thing scooches clear across the desk. But that's not a problem any more!) Here's what you'll need:
- Fabric (I used quilting cotton for one side and a cute printed linen for the other)
- 5/8" button cover kit
- Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, self-healing cutting mat
- My pincushion is large, verging on extra-large. If you have limited room in your sewing basket, consider using smaller squares – something in the 3 1/2" to 4" range would probably be more typical pin cushion size. And the smaller size means you can get bunches of pin cushions out of a couple of fat quarters.
- These would be easy to make assembly-line style, and then you'd have the gifts for your sewing circle friends, your sisters's stocking stuffers, or a pile of crafts for the Christmas bazaar, all done – in the matter of an afternoon.
- June's tutorial shows how to attach elastic to one side so you can wear this on your wrist. I didn't do that (I poke myself enough already, and I didn't have any elastic on hand), but I think that's a great idea for dressmakers or quilters on the go.