Are you a cat lover, stitching enthusiast who adores a good DIY project?
Then this one’s for you!!
Even better if you like quick make-it-yourself crafts that are functional too.
Yes, especially ones that are cute and show off some feline features!
Those are just so dang cuuuuuute! 😊
That’s pretty much how this one came to be!
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PURR-FECT PATCHWORK BOOK
Back in July, Pamela reached out to me because:
- I’m a sewer; and
- I love cats (well, most of them anyways!)
And so, she thought I’d be a perfect sewist to make a project from her new book *Purr-fect Patchwork.
With all that’s been going on in the studio, I’ve been seriously strapped for time. But I also love supporting fellow creatives when I can, especially when it’s such a fun project!
My response back was “my schedule is cray-cray, but if you have a small project that I can whip up quickly, then I’m in!”.
Pamela suggested two projects that fit the ‘make in a flash’ criteria and the Stabby Tabby Pincushion was the one that stole my heart.
I mean come on, how adorable is this DIY pincushion?
STABBY TABBY PINCUSHION
With the project selected, I set about selecting my cat head materials.
I started with my fabric and knew I was going to feature solids. Since I had Pips in mind, I decided to keep the colours on the neutral side but added a couple of pops of colour with the purple and pink felt ears and nose. Both of which were leftovers from making the Christmas Advent Calendar way back when.
The cat head took not time at all to stitch. It almost went too quickly!
From there, I dug out my button storage container and found a couple of matching ones for the eyes. Which I opted to stitch down with 12wt Aurifil Thread in this yummy grellow colour.
When it came time to stuff the pin cushion, I decided to use batting scraps. Which probably explains why the head is a little lumpy! But I have so many trimmings on hand, it’s nice to use them up in these smaller sewing projects.
I tied in the nose with the pink ribbon to finish it off.
Voila! Pips now has a new treat storage container 😊
HIGHLIGHTS OF MAKING THE STABBY TABBY PINCUSHION
There’s minimal sewing involved and, what’s fun, is that you can bust out materials and notions you might not use on the regular. I’m looking at you glue gun and buttons!
There is nothing complex in this project. If you know your way around a sewing machine, iron and a little hand stitching, then this will be easy peasy for you.
The trickiest bit for me was hot glueing the felt base to the metal lid, without having any of it pop up to the top.
This took me a minute and it’s not exaaaaactly as I would like it.
Pamela even included a note about adding a few beads of glue to the inner rim. I didn’t do that, but I definitely will try that next time. I suggest you start with adding glue to the inner rim, but make sure you add it after slipping the cat head through, otherwise you’ll have glue all over your pin cushion.
MATERIALS FEATURED IN THE STABBY TABBY PINCUSHION
It’s always so helpful to have a full overview of all the materials and notions you’ll need to tackle a project. So, here’s a roundup of everything I used to create my very own Stabby Tabby Pincushion:
- Stabby Tabby Pincushion pattern – featured in the *Purrfect Patchwork book
- *Light Blue
- White, purple and pink felt – this rainbow kit is similar to what I initially stocked
- *Pink Ribbon
- *Hot glue gun
- *50wt thread – for piecing and basting
- 12wt thread – for buttons
- Batting scraps or *poly fill
- Glass jar with detachable metal lid
I realized a few things while I was making this pin cushion and thoughts I’d share some of those observations with you:
It was super helpful having these notions and tools I don’t use often properly stored and easy to access. I was thanking myself for keeping a well stocked ‘craft cabinet’ – ha! I don’t often tackle crafts per se, but it’s nice having these items on hand and not having to run to the store for the odd bits and bobs. I don’t know about you, but having to run errands to move a project forward often leads to the project stalling.
Forgive me, but since I don’t often craft, my crafting talents aren’t that stellar. When I was trying to get the cat head glued in place, I started feeling like I wasn’t doing Pamela’s pattern the most justice. The project turned out super cute; and next time she’ll be even better now that I have a better understanding of how to do the gluing bit 😉
Early on I knew I wasn’t going to use this as a pin cushion. Instead, my plan was to fill the container with Pips’ treats. I love the noise it makes when I shake the bottle and Pips comes running for his yummy snack (super helpful when enticing him inside)!
PURR-FECT PATCHWORK BOOK BLOG TOUR
To see more of the cat centric projects in the *Purr-fect Patchwork book, be sure to check out the other makers participating in the blog tour. We’re all stitching up something unique, so you’ll get lots of inspiration on how you can add your own spin 😊
Shannon Fraser | Stabby Tabby Pincushion (you’re here!)
Sun. August 22:
Lorna McMahon |Get Your Paws Off the Tablerunner
Tracy Brittain Loyek | Purr-fect Pocket Tote
Mon. August 23:
Natalie Santini | Hiss and Make Up Bag
Kaitlyn Howell | Ziggy Kitty Quilt
Tue. August 24:
Wed. August 25:
Thu. August 26:
Fri. August 27:
Tonya Alexander | Cat Nap Pillow #1
Nichole Vogelsinger | Cat Nap Pillow #2
Sat. August 28:
What’s even more fun is that you now have a chance to win your very own eBook of Purr-fect Patchwork!
- Leave a comment below sharing what you’d store in your Stabby Tabby Pincushion jar!
- Comment must be left by 11:59pm August 29, 2021.
That’s it, I’ll pick a winner at random from the comments and share who the winner is on August 30!
UPDATE: the giveaway is now closed. The winner of the eBook is Ellee! Congratulations!! 😊
PS if you just can’t wait and need to add this cutie to your home, grab your copy of *Purr-fect Patchwork here.