Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday's Tute: Pin Cushion Bouquet

Curly has a pin cushion project in her 4-H project book.  We saw some pretty fabric flowers arranged in a flower pot online.  We had the idea of making a pin cushion version with the directions and tips in the 4-H book and a simple flower pattern found online.  We made ours in two sizes for variation.  Curly is quite thrilled to have taken the lead in this Tuesday's Tute.  Giving others directions is one of her strong ;) points.

Flower pattern or a simple circle of the size you choose.
Fabric scraps large enough for your pattern
Wool scraps (optional)
Yarn or Embroidery Floss and needle 
Silk Flower Stems
2 Buttons for each flower
Glue Gun
Sewing machine (this can be done w/needle and thread if you don't have a machine)


 1.  Pin your pattern onto the fabric and cut around it.

 2. Sew around the edge of the pattern. 1/8"-1/4" seam. Leave a 1" opening to insert stuffing and stem.

 3. Turn flower right side out.

Cut optional wool scrap into small pieces.  Wool can sharpen pins.

 4. Stuff flower with stuffing and wool scraps.

 5. Put hot glue on the end of the floral stem and "quickly" stick it into the stuffed flower.  It should be just a bit more the half way into the flower for stability.  Glue closed the opening, and arrange the stuffing.

 6.  With embroidery floss or yarn, stitch petal lines.  Starting in the center wrap around the edge of the flower and stitch back through the opposite side.  Repeat for as many petals as you'd like.

7. Sew a button to each side of the flower.

Curly's completed flower. She did this one all by herself.  Handsome Dude and I assisted with the others.
Your bouquet is complete!

Happy Sewing!
Curly...And Debbie

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