*the giveaway is closed*
Today is my day on Melissa's Simply Charmed Blog Hop.
Do you all remember the fabulous prizes that Melissa has lined up?! $200 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop ring any bells? Be still my heart! Stay tuned for how to enter to win that and other fabulous prizes!
I have a special valentine's project for you! A Heart Shaped Pincushion! But part of the beauty of this tutorial is that you will be able make any size or shape pincushion because it is all based on a cookie cutter.
Note: Be sure to read all the written instructions as well as the instructions with the picture mosaics.
• one charm pack (really I just use a few charms for this...so a whole charm pack isn't necessary)
• cookie cutter (clearly I used a heart shaped one...size is your preference)
• Hot Glue gun
• One sheet of fun foam (the stuff in the kid's craft aisle)
• One sheet of a thin floral foam / Styrofoam (can be found in the floral aisle)
• One bag of Zilla brand lizard litter - crushed walnut shells (one bag will last a LONG time)
Cutting Fabric for the Pincushion
• Pick out your favorite charms and if necessary piece them together to create a large enough piece of fabric for your cookie cutter plus 3" around. Then follow the directions in the mosaic below.
Cutting Foam for the Pincushion
• Use your cookie cutters to cut out the floral foam to fit exactly inside the cookie cutter. Depending on the foam you use and how sharp your cookie cutters are, you may need a little help from a kitchen knife. Then trace around the cookie cutter onto the fun foam and cut out the exact shape of the cookie cutter for the bottom of the pincushion.
Fitting the Fabric to the Cookie Cutter
• Pull your running stitch slightly to start gathering the fabric and fit it to the shape of the cookie cutter. You will want to shape it so that a small "bowl" is formed on the topside of the cookie cutter/pincushion. Use your hot glue gun and glue the fabric to the inside of the cookie cutter around the whole perimeter.
Filling the Pincushion
• Use the crushed walnut shells to fill the pincushion. Crushed shells create a great weight to the pin cushion and they help keep your pins sharp. The type I used was like a coarse sand. The amount you need will depend on the size of your cookie cutter but I used about a cup for the large one. You will want to hold up your cookie cutter while filling it to make sure that you put enough in to round out what will be the top of the pincushion...that "bowl".
Putting the Bottom on the Pincushion
• With the charm glued firmly in place, there should be no chance of any filling escaping. But we have two more layers to add to the bottom to make it completely finished and polished. First add the floral foam and hot glue in place. I found that the hot glue actually melted my foam a bit, so I used that to my advantage and created a perfect seal around the perimeter. Then I used hot glue on the fun foam and attached it firmly to the floral foam.
• You may find you have a bit of a gap now at the bottom of your pincushion or things are not as tidy as you might like. So make it all beautiful again by hot gluing a bit of ribbon or trim around the perimeter of the base.
• Fill with pins and use often! Make them in all shapes and sizes. I made a smaller one for my needles as well. (Although I'm thinking of putting some felt on that one)
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to make a pincushion for every season. I've already bought more cookie cutters to make more!
Now be sure to hop over to Melissa's blog and enter to win that fabulous $200 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. But before you leave (oh go ahead...do it now...just come back!) make sure you enter to win the giveaway here too!
The Intrepid Thread is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to their store! To enter, just leave a comment HERE telling me your favorite or least favorite thing about Valentines. Are you like my husband and think the whole thing is invented by Hallmark to sell cards and candy? Or are you a hopeless romantic who waits eagerly for this day? Have a favorite valentine joke or idea? Share!
For a second entry, you can either become a follower of my blog or say that you are one (love you guys!).
So...are we clear? Run over and enter the super huge big giveaway at Melissa's blog (she has instructions there) and then enter the smaller (but still awesome) giveaway here. And if you are feeling super lucky follow along with the whole blog hop and enter at everyone's blog...everyone has a different giveaway! Yay! All winners will be announced on Valentine's day!
She's gotten together a great group of people for this holiday inspired swap and I'm honored to be included. Here's the schedule!
February 1 - Melissa from Happy Quilting
February 2 - Heather from Quilt Story
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane
February 6 - Angela from Cut to Pieces (that's me!)
February 7 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
February 8 - Natalia from Piece N Quilt
February 9 - Jessica from Twin Fibers
February 10 - Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
February 11 - Jane from Want It, Need It, Quilt
February 13 - Corey from Little Miss Shabby
February 14 - Happy Valentines Day and the Grand Prize Winner Announcement!!!!