Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tutorial: Salad Bowl Pincushion
By popular demand (well, two or three of you), here's my first tutorial. I started off with a straight-sided wooden salad bowl, but with some creative tweaking and glue, you could use other shapes as well.
1. Sew a couple layers of tightly woven fabric into a circle that will fit inside the bottom of the bowl. I used the bowl as a template and did two lines of stitching. Leave a small opening and fill with sand. Glue the opening closed.
2. Cut 2 circles of very thick felt, using the bowl as a template. I had some industrial felt- the thick stuff used to line winter boots. My circles were too big to begin with, so I kept trimming until they would fit snugly into the top of the bowl.
3. Using your felt circles as a template, cut 2 circles of thin quilt batting about a 1/2" to 3/4" bigger all around than the felt (eyeball it), then cut a circle of your top fabric 1/2" bigger than the batting. On one pincushion I made, I stitched the batting around the edge to attach it to the top fabric, and on the other one I didn't bother. Either way worked OK.
1. Put in your sandbag into the bottom of the bowl. Give it a shake to even out the layer of sand.
2. Fit your 2 felt circles into the bowl on top of the sandbag.
3. Position your layered batting and fabric on top of the felt.
4. Using a wooden craft stick (popsicle stick), tuck the fabric/batting around the sides of the felt.
Voila!! Finished pincushion! And since nothing is glued in, you can change out the fabric when it starts looking tired. Yay!