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I’m so excited about this silly little pincushion tutorial. It makes me smile each time I look at it. Matter of fact, I’m renaming it. Not a pincushion, but a pun-cushion. Ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, my “Pin it” puncushion:
Yes, I did get permission from Pinterest to make this, although my use of their logo in no way means they endorse my blog or anything like that. Would you like to make one too? Here’s how I did it.
First, visit the branding guidelines pinterest page and download the graphics- you may need to scroll down the page for the pin-it graphic (you can get a grey and white version too, if you don’t have a color printer).
Next, copy the graphic into your favorite software. I used Adobe In-Design, but you could use Word, Publisher, or any format that will let you place a picture and print. Make sure you have ample white space all the way around the logo. For the one pictured, I used an image size of 1″ by 2.75″, and cut the rectangle 3.5″ by 5″.
Then, get a sheet of printable fabric paper. After trying June Taylor and Electric Quilt versions, may I recommend the EQ version? You can see how badly the ink bled on the June Taylor one. Although, to be fair, I used the June Taylor for an entire quilt this summer, and had no such problems. Print your logo and follow the injet fabric paper instructions to set the ink.
Next, cut out your rectangle, and a second piece of fabric for the backing. I cut mine to 3.5″ by 5″.
Place the two pieces right sides together, and sew around the rectangle with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening on the side for turning (much less obvious than leaving the top or bottom open).
Turn right side out, and push out the corners with a bamboo stiletto. Press. Press the open edge as well, matching up the quarter-inch seam allowance.
Fill pincushion with stuffing, using your stiletto again to get the stuffing into the corners. I used some Sweet Dreams stuffing from Quilter’s Dream batting. I got this as a free sample at Market. It’s really soft and lovely. I recommend it!
Hand sew the opening shut with a ladder stitch. I don’t recommend machine topstitching to close the gap because the printable fabric is a bit stiffer than normal fabric, and topstitching makes big, noticeable holes.
Enjoy your puncushion!
And please leave me a comment below telling me your favorite fall beverage. (Mine is a Starbuck’s gingerbread latte. Seriously yummy!) I’ll randomly pick one comment on Monday, November 26. The winner will recieve his/her choice of one of my latest patterns (Metacognition, Japanese Garden, or Colossal Peppermints). Make sure you include your e-mail address so I can contact you! Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!