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stash. And you save these precious little bits because you can’t bring yourself
to throw them out. Surely, you’ll find a project to sneak those precious little
bits into. Right?
happier just looking at them. It’s OK, I do too 😉
working on. You know my penchant for sharing scraps and trimmings on Instagram.
I just can’t help it! And inevitably those scrappy bits are beckoning me
“Shannon, come play with us.”
cushion top before I even finished my quilt. That’s how this idea of creating
pin cushions from my project scraps got started. I loved working on my Playtime Quilt SO much that I wanted a keepsake. A little token to remind me of the beautiful
collection I was working with and the enjoyment I experienced during that quilt
corresponding sizes. I allow those pretty scrappy piles to inspire me before
dipping in and selecting which pieces I’ll use.
quilted pin cushion in the making. I’m using these cute little scraps to
demonstrate how I build my pin cushions from the ground up.
- Am I feeling playful and adventurous?
- Are the pieces calling out to be stitched a certain way? Because
all scraps chat with you, right? No, just me?!
- Do I want to try a new technique out? Exploring new
techniques on a small project is a great way to test it out without having to
commit to an entire project. So practical!
are all as they were. Little leftovers from blocks I cut from strips. Different
sizes and different leftovers. But they all look like they will play together
nicely, don’t you think?
little trimmings that caught my eye. I liked the colour. I like the shape. Hmm,
they look nice together. How about I place them like this? And what about if I
arrange them like that? I keep doing this until I find the one that feels the
best to me. This could take a couple of minutes or it could be longer. There is
no set way here. Just do what feels right to you.
it all together and add some quilting 😊 You can lots of personality with the stitching you select. Here I went for straight line quilting using Aufiril Cotton Mako Thread in 40wt.
to get excited and see my design coming to fruition.
stuffing! Say what? Yup, why throw those bits in the garbage when they can be
recycled as pinnie stuffing!
bulk. Some of my seams on my quilted piece popped…so, do as I say not as I do 😜
- Crushed walnut shells
- Quilt batting scraps
- Thread scraps
- Emery sand – this will also help
sharpen your pins
- Steel wool – also good at keeping
your pins sharp
- Polyester filling like Poly-fil, which is great if you want a lightweight pin cushion
- Dried rice or beans
There is no right or wrong here, just preference. I like my
pin cushions to have a nice weight to them so I love using crushed walnut
shells. I recently picked up this huge bag,
so I’ll be in pinnie making business for awhile without needing a restock! I
used to use dried rice, but I like the density of the crushed walnut shells
better. That’s just me though 😉 You do you!
It can be messy – consider yourself forewarned!
great pattern weights if you have a large pattern you need to cut out!
- Have fun!
- Don’t overthink it!
- Find pieces you love and you’ll love the outcome.
- Try different quilting techniques, such as free motion quilting.
- Choose your favourite filling.
- Leave a bigger opening than you think you need to turn her right side out.
- Fill your pin cushion more than you think it needs. No one wants a sadly stuffed pinnie!
- Blind baste the pinnie closed for a seamless look.
- Experiment with new ideas.
- There is no right or wrong, just do you!
to hear your tips and tricks! Share them in the comments below 😊
P.S. I’m adding this post to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday hosted by Late Night Quilter and Quilting Jet Girl. Be sure to check out the link party for other great tips!
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