Strawberry Wrist Pincushion – Free Pattern

It’s a Slap Wrap Pin Cushion!!

Strawberry wrist pincushion 2

Optional needle holder leaf is not shown. That comes later.

 

I’ve been meaning to make myself a wrist pin cushion for a long time.  I decided to make the pincushion into a strawberry as a nod to dangling strawberry on those ubiquitous tomato pincushions.  Unlike the tomato pincushion, this strawberry would be life size.  Since there’s numerous strawberry stands and farms in my town and I live near the “Strawberry Capital of the World,” it just seemed fitting.  The pattern and construction took me a bit of fiddling around to get it just right.  Since I’ve already went through the trouble, I wanted to share it with everyone.  Who doesn’t need a strawberry pincushion?

 

 

Materials

Supplies

 Gather your materials

  • 6″ x 5″ red cotton fabric with white polka dots.
  • 10″ x 6″ green wool felt
  • Poly fill stuffing
  • Metal from a slap wrap bracelet.  I got mine from a vending machine at the pizza place for $0.75.  It was very easy to cut around the edges and remove the metal inside.Slap Wrap
  • Download the pattern here.

 

Construction Steps

  1.  Cut out your pieces.

    Cut Fabric

  2. Fold the red polka dotted fabric in half on the dotted line.  Sew along the dashed line shown on the pattern.  You will have something that looks like a strawberry cone.  Trim away the excess at the tip.  Turn the cone right side out.Sew Strawberry
  3. Pin the strawberry cone to one of the green felt wrap cover matching the circles.  The strawberry cone should be slightly on the diagonal.  Use the pin to hold the layers together and stitch approximately a 1/2″ circle around the pin.  You will have to push back the extra fabric while you do it. Sew Strawberry onto Wrap Cover
  4. Prepare to sew the cover by laying the pieces down in this order:  Green felt cover, metal slap wrap with the curve facing up, green felt cover with the strawberry cone sewn on it. Assemble Layers
  5. Baste both the green felt covers to the metal slap wrap using a glue stick.  Smooth out any lumps and ensure good contact by rubbing it with your fingers.  Glue Baste
  6. Roll the strawberry cone up and pin it so it’s out of the way.  Draw the outside of the metal slap wrap using chalk.  You can feel the edge of the metal with your finger.Trace Wrap
  7. Using a zipper foot stitch around the cover using your chalk line for reference.Sew Cover
  8. Trim off the excess.  You can either cut a straight or decorative edge.  I decided on a scalloped edge.  I used a paper scissor and muscled my way through the layers.  It was tough and a little messy but worth the effort. Trim off excess
  9. Unpin the strawberry cone.  Run a gathering stitch around the opening.  Stuff the strawberry with polyfil firmly.
  10. Gather and StuffPull the gathering threads to close the opening.  Stitch to secure. Sew close
  11. Attached the stem to the cap by pulling the stem edges through the slit in the cap and stitch to secure. Stem to cap
  12. Pin the cap to the top of the strawberry.  Stitch to attach. Sew cap on
  13. You’re done.  Put in pins and enjoy.Strawberry wrist pin cushionStrawberry wrist pincushion 2

Optional Needle Holder

Like any good pattern maker, I tested the pincushion after I finished it.  I started putting needles into the cushion and proceeded to loose these needles IN the cushion.  So I decided to add a leaf needle holder.

  1. Cut out the optional strawberry leaf out of the green felt.  The pattern has smooth edges.  To make the jagged edges snip using the tip of your scissors.  Make the edges jagged half way down the leaf.Strawberry leaf
  2. Stitch the leaf onto the wrap cover.  Stitch down each of the 3 leaf lobes.  This step is easier if you close up the slap wrap.Stitch on leafCongratulations.  You now have a needle holder.  Make sure when you put your needles on the leaf that sharp end points into the middle of the leaf.Strawberry wrist pincushion with needle holderStrawberry wrist pincushion with needle holder 2

 

Put in some pins and needles and you’re all set.   I hope you give this pattern a try.  If you do feel free to e-mail me with questions and finished pics.

Strawberry wrist pincushion in use

Happy pin cushion sewing,

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12 Responses to Strawberry Wrist Pincushion – Free Pattern

  1. BeccaA says:

    What a clever idea. I had never heard of a slap wrap before. I may make a velcro close band to use instead if I get my act together to make one of these. So cute!

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  3. nothy says:

    How adorable! What a smart little notion too – having it on your wrist will keep the pins handy. I’ve been looking for one forever and never thought to make one. How smart.

  4. June says:

    Super cute! I use one that is just a plain magnet on a Velcro wrist strap. Yours definitely has much more style!

  5. Anne says:

    Adorable!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post that links to your tutorial here:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-strawberry-pincushion-for-your-wrist/2015/02/22/

  6. Kyle says:

    That is really cute!

  7. Ginny says:

    Oh wow, so cute!!! I think I need to make one! But I have never heard of a slap wrap bracelet and am not sure what to look for — is it something I could buy at the craft store?

    • Thanks Ginny. I hope you do try it. Assuming you find the material, of course.

      If you remember back in the late 80s/early 90s, these are the bracelets that are straight and when you hit them on your wrist, it wraps around the wrist.

      I’ve seen them at party supply stores, dollar stores and those machines at the pizza place where you put quarters in and get a little toy in a round plastic container. They seem to be coming back as party favors. Just avoid the silicone ones. You can’t get the metal piece out of those easily. Ask me how I know.

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SBCC Limoncello Cardigan

SBCC Limoncello Cardigan Front

Winter Has Left the Building

Seriously I think we had 2 weeks of winter here in Southern California.  Not that I’m complaining.  Depending on the day it’s feels like Spring or Summer has arrived.  I’ve been looking for thin cardigan to throw on on “chilly” nights.  The SBCC Limoncello cardigan was just what I was looking for.  It was available in PDF so I could make it quickly before the winter decides to come back.  I finished everything but the hemming in one night.  Hemming and pressing the next night and I was dancing around it.  The fabric was gifted to me by my friend Raye Ann.  I think she said she got it at Rimmon Fabrics in LA.  I felt bad about taking so much fabric from her but I’m glad I did.  I had to recut the front numerous times due to repeated user error.  There was no wine involved so I’m not sure what my issue was.

Small Changes

I made 1 size smaller due to the more stretchiness of my fabric.  I lengthen the sleeves to about elbow length/half sleeve.  I prefer 3/4 sleeve but it just didn’t look right with the length of the cardigan.  Lastly I eliminated the back neck bias trim and made a facing.  I thought the trim added too much bulk for my very thin fabric.  It wouldn’t finish the garment as cleanly.  To make the back facing I traced the back piece and cut across almost like making a yoke.  When I sewed it I sandwiched the front pieces in between.  Sorry I don’t have any pics of the steps but it’s very common method of attaching a facing.

SBCC Limoncello Cardigan Facing

I was worried the extra layer would show through but it doesn’t if it’s laying flat.

SBCC Limoncello Cardiga BackI really like the swingy-ness of the back.  Speaking of swingy-ness…

SBCC Limoncello Cardigan Swing This is my best shot and an action shot.  Getting the timer, swinging action and my face to coordinate was a challenge.

Happy Lunar New Year

For anyone celebrating the Lunar New Year, I wish you a year of sewing success.  Chúc mừng năm mới.  That’s happy new year in Vietnamese.

 

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  1. aleah says:

    Nice! I am currently deep in winter sewing, still, because I’m so far behind I missed our scant two weeks of winter… I love a good light cardigan, but sometimes I feel like we live in the only part of the country that can wear them basically year round. No complaints here either!
    Happy Lunar New Year to you too!

  2. Mads says:

    I love the twirly photo–your face and cardi both look fab! Love the color of the fabric you used, too, especially with your dress!

  3. Elana says:

    I love the color! And I think the sleeves are a pretty good length. It looks like a piece you can make work for almost any season!

  4. Your cardigan looks great! I like the color too.

  5. June says:

    I seriously have no idea how I managed to leave my intended comment (wishing you a happy new year!) on the Papercut Watson entry. I’m going to get some coffee…

  6. Annette says:

    And “Chúc mừng năm mới”. to you and yours also! Happy New Year, Lunar that is. Year of the Sheep.
    And I love your cardigan. I think it looks and came out beautiful! Annette

  7. Accordion3 says:

    What a lovely cardigan – you’ve done a superb job Nhi.

    Careful what you wish for. I thought our summer was a fizzer and was looking at cooler weather clothing. Instead we are having a run of hot days and nights. The town where I grew up is currently being battered by a Category 5 cyclone.

  8. Aura Oriano says:

    Wow, that SBCC cardigan wasn’t even on my radar. I’ve been meaning to buy a SBCC pattern since the Tonic Tee was free. Thanks for the tips on the back neck facing! I love the purple you used. Happy Lunar New Year!

  9. Jane says:

    Just a beautiful result! Thanks for sharing with us!

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Bra-mageddon

Bras

Impending Bra Doom!  Eek!!

About 2 years ago I made my first bra.  It was the Pin-Up Girls Anita foam cup bra.  Even then I knew that I needed a dozen more to replace my aging RTW bras.  I use to buy bras at the Victoria Secret during their Semi-Annual Sale.  When I say “buy” it was more like binge buying.  I hate shopping so I just stocked up; buying up any bras that were my size and style just so I wouldn’t need to shop again for a long time.  Now another 2 years later (that’s 4 years for those counting) all of my bras are on their last leg… all at the same time.  Binge buying bites me in the butt.

 

The Search for Bra Do-dads

My first bra I didn’t wear that much until recently when bras where dying left and right and I had no choice.  They didn’t fit right and I hated the foam cup that was designed for the pattern.  I still love foam cup bras like the Victoria Secret T-shirt bras so I decided to give the Pin-Up Girls Anita and Amanda foam cup patterns another try.  I slowly started amassing bra do-dads.  I picked up components from random places in the LA garment district, the swap meet, on-line and from other sewists’ stashes.  Finding the right foam cups and getting all the components in coordinating colors was a huge challenge.  I know some sewists dye but it’s too messy for me.  So I ended up picking fabric that have multiple colors i.e. multiple matching opportunities.  This really worked for me and relieved me of the stress of trying to match everything.

 

Let the Binge Sewing Begin

First up: black knit with white and yellow large polka dots.  The fabric was leftovers from this maxi dress.  I love using up scraps.  I was able to use white powernet since I covered it with the polka dot fabric.  For straps I used pre-made white and yellow straps.  The underwire channel is beige but who cares.  No one will see it.  I was making myself crazy looking for matching components when it was so unnecessary.  This is the bra on invisible me.  It has the nice clean lines of a t-shirt bra.  *I’m not sure who to credit invisible bra person to.  I think it was either Sandra from Brown Paper Pattern or Kathy from Kathy Sews.  It was brilliant.*

Black Polka Dot Bra

Forgot to mention that I put a dart in the fabric because my fabric didn’t have enough stretch.  Since the dart is under the bust I don’t see it under my clothes.

Pin-Up Girls Amanda Black Polka Dot

Next up: White fabric with tiny black polka dots.  I bought a small bit of this fabric for a dalmatian plush puppy.  I ended up not using it when I found this perfect dalmatian fabric.

Dalmatian Palm Puppy

Back to the bra… I had bought a very small amount of the now unused white dotted fabric, so it’s been sitting in my scraps pile.  Since bras don’t take that much fabric, it was perfect.  I used self fabric for the straps with a small length of pre-made straps in the back for adjust-ability.  I had black picot elastic so I trimmed the cups and straps.

Pin-Up Girls Amanda White Polka Dot

And finally:  green lace with beige and white flowers.  The lace was left over from my lace undies sewing binge.  I bought the lace in the LA Garment district.  The straps are fold-over elastic with some nice (read: not that stiff, thick stuff from JoAnns) clear elastic in between.  I stitched the layers together using a long swiggle stitch.  Since matching the lace pattern wastes a lot of lace I wasn’t able to make a lacy strap or to cover the back band with lace.

Pin-Up Girls Anita Floral Lace

Bra-mageddon Adverted

I think I’ve delayed Bra-megeddon for a little bit.  I still have lots more bra sewing to do.  Since I’ve tweaked this pattern to my liking, I’m planning to just sew up an arm load.  I hadn’t notice how awfully cheap my VS ones were.  The fabric is glued to the cups.  The bands are filmsy fabric.  The fit wasn’t quite right.  So needless to say, I’m very happy with these me-made bras.

Link to my pattern review.

Happy Bra Sewing,

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  1. Mary M says:

    Hi, I love your bras, they look like they fit vey well. What foam cup did you use for them? BTW great blog too!

    • Thanks Mary. I did see your question on PR. I’ve been looking for where I found them because I shop all over the place. The foam cups are from an Etsy shop called fashionplate. They have a bit more “push up” than I had wanted but they’re the only ones that I’ve found in an A cup and not lightweight/soft. The Bra Makers foam is lightweight/soft and just didn’t work for me.

  2. Ms. McCall says:

    Nicely done! What foam have these got in them? Did I miss that part? They look fantastic – you should take more of my stash off my hands!

    • Thanks. They’re foam cups. As you know I’ve been on the haunt for the perfect ones. These aren’t quite what I wanted but they’re a step up from my RTW ones. I think I’ve already taken plenty off your hands.

  3. Ginny says:

    Such cool bras! Beautifully sewn. I also love using up scraps to sew bras & undies — makes me feel environmentally conscientious, frugal and smug all at once, plus I get new undies :D!

  4. Betsy says:

    these look really great! you did an awesome job! I feel like the only person who hasn’t made a bra yet (well at least not since my first internship for college at Wonderbra). You are totally right though- it’s the notions that make the difference. Getting all the colors right can drive a gal to drink.
    I’m with you on the binge buying. Desperately in need of some new ones but nothing like lots of layers accessorized by snowboots to go and try on new ones.

  5. Raye Ann Clayton says:

    Great job! They look fantastic. You’ve got the stash to binge sew them now!!

  6. Great job! They’re beautiful! I too binge buy bras as much as I can afford at one time (which isn’t many, the larger cup sizes never seem to go on sale!) Yours turned out fantastic! I usually can’t wear moulded cups, but I’ve been eyeing the MakeBra pattern after it was blogged about by both Carolyn and the Clothing Engineer…it’s a seamed moulded cup, which intrigues me.

    • I’ve tried the MakeBra DL01 and didn’t have luck with it. I think part of my problem is that I cheaped out and bought the Sew Sassy version of the foam sheet. It was just too soft and floppy for me. If you want to pay the shipping I’ll mail you some. E-mail me.

  7. June says:

    Great foam cup bras! I have yet to take the plunge but admire from afar. I’m with you on the binge buying, I do that, too.

  8. Kyle says:

    WOW!!!! Your bras look SO professional and SO RTW!!!

  9. Accordion3 says:

    These are amazing! I’m also working on making a bra. Mine will be very plain…

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Jumping on the Jalie Jeans Bandwagon

Jalie Jean Front

The One and Only Jalie Jeans

There has been gazillion makes of the Jalie Jeans starting from a few years ago.  A few like.. uhh.. 5 or 6 years ago.  But hey I hear from Oh Crafty One Jill that bootcut jeans are coming back so I’ll be on trend…soon.

Being comfortable is always on trend in my book.  So I made these with jegging fabric which is a super comfy knit that looks like denim.  (Am I fooling anyone?)  I eliminated the zipper because it’s stretchy enough to pull on.

Jalie Jean Front Close Up

Back Pockets!! Ahhh!!

All my attention to detail to topstitching and making look like jeans and I blow it on the back pockets.  I might have not transfer the pocket placement onto my tracing.  I also might have just decided to wing it and plopped it down somewhere in the butt region.  Unfortunately I didn’t check the placement until the waistband was sewed on.

Jalie Jean Back

Oh man.  They’re way too low.  Past my butt low.  Here’s a close up of the horror show.

Jalie Jeans Pocket Tragedy

Yes, I can unpick it and resew.  I’m just afraid the cheapy fabric won’t make it through the unpicking.  Another option is to wear long shirts.  Or we can just laugh and make gangsta pants jokes like Mr Detective Houndstooth and I did last night.  LOL

 

 

Bonus Content:  Back Pocket Topstitching

One thing I did do right was the topstitching design on the back pocket.  I traced the pattern onto very thin gift wrap tissue paper.  I pinned this on the pocket fabric and stitched through both layers.  Because the tissue is super thin it tore off easily.

Jalie Jean Pocket Topstitching GuideJalie Jean Pocket Topstitching

I like the pants.  I applied a lot of my fitting changes from the SBCC Manhattan trousers.  I’ll definitely make another pair.  This one without absurd thigh pockets.  Link to my Pattern Review.

 

 

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  1. June says:

    LOL at the thigh pockets. But I think you have the fit nailed!

  2. aleah says:

    Ha, it looks like your back pockets are trying to escape down your leg! Love it! Also, in the first picture it looked like one was way lower than the other, and I thought for a minute you’d been making use of your sewing room wet bar… At least it’s the kind of “d’oh” that you can laugh at – I just make the kind of mistakes that just make me want to stab things.
    I like the purple – colored stretchy jeans are the best!

  3. Annette says:

    Love your jeans and saw your review on PR.com. Really like what you did, and the back pockets, oh well, not everyone can be perfect! Like me (LOL!)

  4. Mads says:

    Stop trying to make thigh pockets happen–they’re not going to happen!!!!

    J/K! But seriously, these jeans look really great fit-wise!

  5. Haha! Love the hubby’s comments! :-P You should definitely wear these a bit, see what you don’t like about them, and then make tweaks for round 2. Because this is a seriously great pattern (and I really need to break it out again….) that you’ll get lots of use out of. (P.S. I think it’s Tanit-Isis who made them into skinnies–it can be done.)

  6. Carrie says:

    Nice stitching on the pockets! Too bad about the placement – I hope you wear them anyway.
    I’ll mark your review for in another 5 years when I decided to finally make jeans and join the trend :)

    • I do love wearing them. And since I’m not constantly looking at my @$$ I don’t notice the back pockets. If I have my phone in there, it’s a bit weird. LOL

      I’ll mark my calendar 2020!! Carrie sew Jalie Jeans.

  7. Accordion3 says:

    I LOVE your pockets! So beautifully stitched, gorgeous top stitched design, evenly and matched placings.

    I think using the jeggings fabric is genius.

    Better results with the next pair.

  8. Kyla says:

    Nice topstitching! I’m sure you’ll make them work… even with thigh pockets :)

  9. Those look comfy! I love the topstitching detail on the back pockets.

  10. Kyle says:

    I’ve been thinking about making the jalie jeans this spring! I haven’t made them either!

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Simplicity 1540: High Fashion or Hi-larious

Simplicity 1540 Front

High Fashion or Hi-larious?

I’m not really sure about this coat.  My IRL sewing friend and coat sewing phenom (seriously all her coats are gorgeous) Caroline thinks it’s reminiscence of early Vivienne Westwood.  I think it’s a bit much with the print AND the colors AND the collar.  Some days I feel like a clown wearing it.  On the other hand, it’s so super comfy that I’ve been wearing so often I think I need another… in a solid.. obviously.   The collar feels like a cozy built in scarf.  I think I need to speak to a sewing therapist about this.  What?  There’s no such thing?!!

 

Some Words of Advice from a non-qualified Sewing Therapist

Well, I figured since no one was doing this sewing therapist gig, I’d give it a try.

  • Advice #1:  Collar Orientation:  The ruffle collar is taller on one side than the other.  The instructions have you putting the shorter side up and longer side down.  It definitely looked clownish.  I turned it upside down, longer side up, and it looked a bit more high fashion.

Simplicity 1540 Close Up

 

  • Advice #2:  Hand Sew Ruffle.  Sounds like more work but you’re dealing with 4 layers of fleece and there’s little to guide you to get the center of the ruffles right on the edge of the neckline.  I was 100% sure I would end up angrily unpicking fleece and cursing.  I stitched the back of the ruffle to the front of the neckline so there was no guessing.Simplicity 1540 Hand Stitch Ruffle

 

  • Advice 3:  Check the sleeve length.  It’s too short for what I would call sorta stumpy arms.  The long sleeve shirt I’m wearing underneath is about 2″ longer.  I could have unpicked the cuff and cut a longer cuff but I thought it would look weird and it would involve the unpicking and swearing I was trying to avoid in Advice #1.  Not sure what terrible pose I was trying in this pic but it works great for demonstrating the too short sleeves.Simplicity 1540 Sleeves Too Short

  •  Advice #4:  Print Match the Lazy Way.  If I didn’t pick a print, this coat would have been super easy.  Since I had a feeling that the coat would end up not that great, I decided to do lazy print matching.  First you cut out one of the pattern pieces from your fashion fabric.  Fold up the seam allowance that you’re trying to match and pin.  Laid it down on the fabric where the print would be continuous and put down the next piece matching the seam lines and cut. Lazy Print Matching

 

Simplicity 1540 Print Matching

Look at this print matching.

  • Advice #5:  Skip the Print.  In this style I think a solid or a small pattern would look better.  It would also be much speedier.

Well, how did I do?  Do I have a future dispensing sewing advice?  Probably not but that was fun for a moment.

Link to my pattern review.

Happy sewing,

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  1. June says:

    Great pattern matching – that was the first thing that I noticed. I think you can carry it off with flair, provided you exude self-confidence. Swagger or something? LOL. I have a Desigual RTW coat that is sort of eyepopping in its garish details, but I swear I feel fabulous when I put it on; I walk tall and have gotten a lot of compliments on the coat, even from strangers.

  2. Chris says:

    Wow, great tip on the matching, which hopefully I’ll remember to look at when I need it. I wonder if that’s part of why European patterns don’t include the SA.

    I’m not sure about the jacket either. At first glance I was leaning toward hi-larious, mostly because the combo of collar and print overwhelms your small frame. But as I kept looking at it I liked it better and think it could work well in a solid. Living in the cold, I am envious of that very warm and cozy looking collar! I could see adding it to a long sleeve top for a built-in scarf.

    • I’m not sure why European patterns exclude SA. It is convenient for pattern matching and measuring finished measurements.

      Hi-larious was my first reaction, too. In person the colors are much brighter than in the pictures. It’s a bright teal and taupe. The outside pics are super muted. The pics of the print matching is closer but still dull. Maybe if you saw it in person your verdict would be highly hi-larious.

  3. accordion says:

    AWESOME print matching!

    Plus – I like the jacket as is, good to brighten things up on a dull and chilly day.

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