The SDA conference is many things, and one thing is the silent auction of (hopefully) the many pincushions people will donate: everything from vintage to hand-made. That is the reason for the following experiment.
I'm not great at following directions (some of you will not be very surprised when reading this..) so I decided to make something up. Did I prepare in advance by researching what to stuff the pincushion with? Of course not.
Since I had just received some gorgeous linen prints from Anna Maria Horner's new collection I thought they would be perfect for this. I fused a lightweight interfacing to the linen, as well as a piece of solid Kona cotton.
Since the print had a beautiful floral motif it followed that the cushion should be round, right?!
First, I cut two pieces of the linen using the floral motif as my guideline (approximately 5 inches diameter). Then, I cut 1 strip of solid fabric, 2.25 inches wide and long enough to stitch to the circumference of the linen circles.
Right sides together, I folded the leading edge of the solid back on itself about 1/2 inch.
I repeated with the second circle, attaching it to the opposite edge of the solid.
I ended up with a little "box". I notched around the seam allowance about every 1.5 inches
so that it would reverse nicely at the seam lines.
You can see that I left a bit of an opening along one seam because I wasn't sure when to stitch my buttons (read: I haven't done this before..). After turning the cushion inside out I attached my two buttons at this point, using bookbinding waxed linen (read above). I deliberately made my interval between the buttons a bit narrower than the width of the side piece.
Using a recent piece of lovely mail from a friend (hi Sue: it was close to my work table!)
I created a funnel for the sand. Yes, sand. I poured it through my opening.
I ran out of sand before it was really stuffed full, but I think it looks pretty good!
I made a little tag and stitched it in place when I hand-stitched the closure.
Side-effect: Now I want to make more. I like the "heft" of the sand as the filler. My late friend, Laura Pitts, who made the most beautiful pincushions I've ever seen anywhere, filled them with sand.
Next up: a square pincushion. But I cant show it to you yet because I need to go to Home Depot and get more sand.