Wednesday 22 June 2011

Wednesday Extra: Pinned by Nic Booth

I spent last weekend in York - a city which has lots of gorgeous little crafty shops, quite a few of which were selling hand made pin cushions.  My collection of pins is ever growing and I thought one of these cushions would do a great job of storing them safely.  Although the pin cushions in the shops were really cute and I was very tempted to buy one, my crafty brain wouldn't let me and was thinking to itself, I could make something similar at a fraction of the cost!  So instead, I purchased an offcut of material and got my needle out of it's case to make my own pin cushion:

The supplies I used were:
offcut of material
green felt
Scalloped nestability die
Sizzix flower and alpha dies
Big shot die cutting machine
white and green thread
bazzill sewing template

I began by cutting out my material for the base using a scalloped nestability die.  I also cut a slightly smaller scallop frame from felt.  I used the same material to die cut the flowers, rolled them up and stitched to secure their shape.

I attached the felt scallop by stitching a running stitch around it to the front of my cushion and also stitched on the flowers.  I used a bazill stitching template to hand sew the swirls in white thread.  I used an alpha die to cut my letters and again stitched them on to the front using running stitch.

I then handstitched around the outside, leaving a small gap so I could stuff the inside of the cushion.  I used a mixture of small felt scraps and cotton wool for my stuffing.  I then sewed the remainder of the border and my pin cushion was finished.  

Quick and simple to make but also an effective (and pretty) way to store my pins :-)

Thanks for looking
Nic :-)


  1. Nic!! This is AMAZING!!!! I loveeeeeee it! :):):):):):):):):):)

  2. very great job! I have those same dies and NEVER thought to use them that way!

  3. Very pretty Nic - and love the use of the scalloped dies!


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