Pincushion Kit – hints & tips

Included in your pincushion kit ::

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Lay out the pieces ::

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Stitch patterned and plain triangles together using the 1/4″ cut as a stitching guide ::

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Press seams open ::

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Lay out and stitch 2 squares together, repeat, then join double squares together across the centre ::

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TIP :: nest the seams to make a perfect join ::

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Trim the edges of your block and add the border.  Add 2 opposite sides first, then top and bottom borders ::

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The block will measure approx 6″ but will need to be trimmed to 5.5″ to make a plump pincushion.  Place your patchwork block right sides together on top of the backing square.  The backing square may be slightly larger than your patchwork but this will make it easier when you hand-stitch the opening in the next stage.

Stitch around the outside of the patchwork and backing, leaving a 2″ gap on one side, for turning ::

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Clip the corners then turn (carefully in the corners), and press ::

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Stuff the pincushion with whatever you choose – crushed walnut shells, polyfibre – make it good and plump.  Then carefully slip stitch the 2″ opening ::

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Finally add the buttons – fasten your double thread to one button as shown then sew both at the same time through the middle of your pincushion.  This will ‘plump up’ the cushion and create sweet dimples ::

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Ta – dah – you’ve made a sweet patchwork pincushion!

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