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Doily Pin Cushion Tutorial

*First find some doilies. Either make some by hand, or buy them at a thrift store, garage sale, or anywhere else you can find them cheap. The doilies used here are around 4" diameter.
* Jute string, or even Hemp string works great. It is a little thicker, more vintagey.
* A Large needle for pulling that thread and going through that thickness.
* Crushed Walnut shells. I found mine in a pet store by the lizard section. They use this for bedding in the cages. We use it for pin cushions.
* Scraps that are at least 6" wide by 6" or as large as you need it to be.
* A lid, something round, plate, bowl or whatever that is 6" in diameter.

If it is white you can dye them. I use RIT dye in the TAN color. Has the perfect "tea" stain color. You can control the darkness to by how much you use. I use the Liquid one so i don't have to wait for it to disolve. Follow the instructions on bottle when dying them.

This is the difference between dyed and white.

Let's Start:
* Place your circular item on the back side of the fabric. Draw around the edge, Leaving you a perfect little circle. Cut the circle out on the line. Repeat for the other half.

* Sew around the edge twice --this will strengthen the outside stitching when filling it tight. Leave a 1 1/2 inch opening for turning and filling.

* Turn right sides out.
* Fill with crushed walnut shells. I used a nifty funnel Angie gave me..thanks. Make sure you clean up your mat after done. These little things will leave nicks in your rotary cutter if you hit them!!!

* You should fill it full. The opening needs to beable to close for stitching.

* Close that hole right up with a little bit of stitching.

* Thread the jute on the big needle. Tie a double knot at one end and pull through the center of the pin cushion. The knot will be hidden by a button later on.
* With the doily in place begin stitching.
The back:
The front with the doily. The jute string will keep the doily in place. Pull that string tight!! It is strong and you want it to dimple the edge just a bit.
I used the pedals of the doily for my spacing of stitches. Makes things easier without measuring.
* Repeat, repeat, repeat..until it is all stitched. Notice how i didn't go into the same hole each time. This will make a large hole that all the filling will fall out of. Plus the button will cover this all up.
* Choose a button for both centers. Stitch them on. use the jute string. Pull tight so they don't fall off and they keep all that center mess covered up.
* TADA You are finished!!
Here are the bottoms:
And the tops:

Have fun making them and beware they are addictive.
Good thing we can use them for presents, prizes, or just hoard them ourselves.....



Blogger said...

Aww, these are so cute, I love it! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

6/3/09 12:27 PM  
Blogger Mary Beth said...

These are so pretty. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

Mary Beth-

7/3/09 10:34 AM  
Blogger MandMStudio said...

So cute:)

7/3/09 9:19 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I really like your design and the depth of yur tutorial (like the dying info). I am curious as to why you use crushed walnut shell for stuffing? My daughter has anaphylaxis to tree nuts so if someone gifted me something like this after purchasing it and being unaware of the stuffing it could be very hazardous. Clearly, if you gifted you'd be aware of such dangers :) I'm imagining the texture aids keeping pins sharp?

8/3/09 5:25 AM  
Blogger Whosies said...

shell, the sharp edges of the shells are supposed to be a natural sharpener to the pins. i have made different wool pin cushions and stuffed them with a fine sand. That works as well. You could substitute them if needed.

8/3/09 10:54 AM  
Blogger Shell said...

I think I read somewhere a steel scrubber from the kitchen does a similar job? I really love your tute and plan to try it out today so thanks again :) Shame I have no small doilies to play with!

8/3/09 7:41 PM  
Blogger Creative B Bee said...

Hi! First time to be here. Just stop by and say hello!!

9/3/09 12:20 AM  
Blogger Jedda said...


30/3/09 6:30 AM  
Blogger sandra said...

thanks for such a great description of how to make this lovely pin cushion, am now going to look through my scrap material and get making, my fingers are itching to start, sandra

16/8/09 4:18 AM  

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