Ring Pincushion Tutorial

Back in high school (1997-1998), I took a Home Economics class and learned so much from my teacher. Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name but she was a fiery red headed woman with lots of talent and was very helpful in teaching us the certain skills we needed. One of the lessons I learned from her and I still do to this day, is every time you pass through a door, suck in your tummy muscles. Eventually you do it so much that it becomes natural and you look taller, skinnier, and beautiful. Lol, I don’t know if that was true every time, but I could definitely feel the difference when I got pregnant and I had to force myself to push my tummy out. Its a great habit to start!

Anyway, she also taught us a lot of sewing and one of the projects was this Ring Pincushion. I still have mine from many years back and I love it! So for Valentines Day, I wanted to make this for all my mommy friends because it was both beautiful and functional.

Original is the M&M pattern

Original is the M&M pattern

I searched Pinterest and YouTube for a tutorial to make this and I found some that were a wrist pincushion, some made out of felt, and others. It didn’t suit my need though to make this, so I wanted to share with you this tutorial. It’s probably in a craft book somewhere, but here is how I did it.

Supplies:
– soda bottle cap
– 4 inch circle of fabric of your choice
– needle and embroidery thread
– thin elastic
– hot glue, drill and drill bit, scissors
– stuffing or cotton balls

Supplies

Supplies

1. Cut out your fabric into a 3.5 to 4 inch circle. I started with a 5×5 square and cut from there.

2. Use a gathering stitch on the circle with your needle and thread (make sure the knot is inside). As you start to pull the circle tightly, add a little bit of stuffing at a time until you’ve finished the circle gather and stuffed it full. Make sure to knot well and close off.

4 inch circle cut from 5x5 square.

4 inch circle cut from 5×5 square.

Use gathering stitch

Use gathering stitch. Notice it becomes a Darth Vader cap 🙂

Use gathering stitch and fill in your puff.

Fill in your puff.

3.  Then have your husband or if you are handy, drill two holes into the soda bottle cap.

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Make sure the holes are close to the center

Make sure the holes are close to the center

4. Take one end of the elastic, cut it at a sharp angle to create a point. Feed it through one of the holes in the bottle cap. You may have to use your scissors to widen the hole and feed it through. Once you have one side in, make a knot and pull tight. Then test the length to fit your fingers. I start with my thumb and middle finger because those are the ones I like to put them on. Cut the elastic with some extra length. Feed the other end in the hole, make a knot again.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

5. Add hot glue to the inside rim of the bottle cap and the bottom as well. Apply the puff you made in step 2, press and hold for 30 seconds or until glue dries.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

6. Add pins and start fashioning your Ring Pincushion. Make one or a dozen, they are great gifts too!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Hope you have fun trying this tutorial. Please share the ones you make with us here too!

All my best,

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Easter Basket DIY

Is it bad for me to admit that I don’t want to celebrate EVERY holiday that passes?  I’m really not into St. Patricks this year although I do have Irish ancestors. I painted my nails green and that’s as much as I have done for it to avoid pinches!

But I did start an early Easter project. I got this shimmery gold basket from my Mother in Law a while ago and although its really nice, I wanted it to be safe for little hands in the house. We have other baskets in the house and most are covered but a lot of these tend to have little wood pieces brake off when they are played with.

This is a simple tutorial on lining this basket for Easter (on a daily basis it holds books):

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I started by picking a fabric I really loved and thought went well with the gold basket. I love these hearts and the different colors really pop. I’m also using this pattern for another tutorial in the near future (look out for it!) I roughly measured the fabric using the basket. The inside walls are about 4 inches tall, so I added an inch to be folded over (for a straight edge). The circle is extremely uneven, but it doesn’t matter to me. I made sure that it fit nicely inside and touched all sides of the wall with excess.20140313-173028.jpg

I also wanted to add cushion to the bottom (inside) of the basket, otherwise you can really feel the bony structure. I used extra felt that I had and cut two circles to fit inside the basket. First I traced the basket outside, so there is a little bit of a lip when I put the felt inside. I decided not to glue the felt to the bottom, I’m not sure why. I just didn’t.

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I did hot glue the yellow felt to the heart patterns. I just used a single line of glue all around the edge. I didn’t put any in the center because I didn’t want to have glue lines.20140313-173049.jpg

Then I started to play with the lining around the sides of the basket with the heart pattern. It is a bit tricky especially because I did have excess. But play with it and it should turn out really cute.20140313-173039.jpg

This is our finished basket! I love how it looks especially with the books.

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Hope you enjoyed this simple and quick tutorial. Have a great weekend!

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Heart Art Embroidery

This tutorial is past its time (Valentines two weeks ago), but since I wasn’t able to finish my original post for today, I hope you don’t mind the switch. I originally posted this on my Facebook page at Sherie’s Craftagious Corner. But I usually only post a brief description and pictures. Here is a full tutorial, not very long though.

Step By Step Embroidery Art

Step By Step Embroidery Art

My original inspiration was all the nail art I’ve seen on Pinterest where you use actual nails, wood, and string. But I couldn’t find my small nails during that time and so I had plenty of needles and thread to substitute.

Materials (as seen in above picture):

Scissors
Template – I used a heart for Valentines, but if you do anything more complicated I would have tracing paper. One with the original work to have on top of the paper you want to use to puncture the holes
Needle and Thread (your choice of colors)
Cardstock (any color)
Tape or washi tape, easier to remove
Mat – something to stick needle into. I just used one of my mouse pads, works the same and protects the table surface.

Directions:
1. Trace template onto cardstock. A heart is simple, so I just used the back side of my cardstock to trace the heart and pin my holes. Spacing on holes is up to you, but remember the more holes you have the more you have to thread.

2. Thread your needle with your choice of thread. I used embroidery thread (2 strands) and made sure to have the knot on the back of the cardstock. Tape the knot down to hold in place.  I love washi tape, its very trendy and because its removable it makes a lot of projects easy.

Threading

Threading

3. Start threading your pattern. I wasn’t courageous with this pattern and just choose a straight stitch. I get weird that way about certain things. I really didn’t want to have to redo this pattern if I messed up the heart.

Here is an example (below) of a different pattern I used on a smaller heart. You can really just use your imagination. That’s what I loved about the nail art especially when its on a larger scale.

Valentines Cards

Valentines Cards

4. Frame up your Embroidered Art and its all set. I got this frame from Target and I use it for all my art. It sits on my mirror wood tree by the entryway of our door. Its about 5 x 7 and the best part is I can change it out to suite the holiday.

Framed Embroidery Heart Art

Framed Embroidery Heart Art

Short and Sweet! Use this for upcoming St. Patricks Day or Birthday cards and hope you have fun with it!

Have a great weekend!

Sherie Signature

Resources:
Nail Art Inspiration