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Patchwork Pincushion Tutorial

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Last month's Mollie Makes magazine (issue 49) came with a kit for a patchwork needle case. I wasn't sure that I needed one (although in all honesty I probably do as I'm always loosing needles....) and was inspired by alternative uses for the kits that were shown - they'd asked three bloggers to come up with their own spin on the gift. So, I decided to make myself something different with it too. DSC_8844 - Version 2

Regular readers will know that I'm quite into English paper piecing at the moment, so I was keen to piece and stitch the hexies properly, but I decided to make them into a pin cushion rather than a needle case. The only addition I made to the contents of the kit was the stuffing (I just used standard soft toy stuffing).

I started by making up 7 hexies and stitching them together in the same pattern as in the kit.

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I decided to stitch these onto the floral fabric rather than the pink felt supplied (which is behind the floral fabric in the images above). I used the pink felt as backing for this section to provide something substantial to put the pins into.

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I then took the piece of yellow felt, cut it in half to produce two squares, then cut one of these squares into four equal strips.

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I stitched a strip of felt to the right side of each edge of the floral piece.

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Then joined the corners together using a blanket stitch...

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The final stage involved blanket stitching the yellow square to the reverse (leaving a gap for the stuffing), adding the stuffing then sewing it up.

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And I'd finished! This has actually inspired me to trawl through some of the other kits I've got but haven't used, to see what I can come up with - I do like a challenge!

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