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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Papercut Watson: The Lazy Way

Papercut Watson Front

Mental Cleanse

After the mental exercise of pants, I wanted to pick a quick and easy project as a mental cleanse.  Something easy on the noggin’.  I decided on the Papercut Watson pattern.  I don’t know why I keep thinking it’ll be quick and easy because it’s not.  It’s a fully lined jacket with bound button holes and with an additional complexity of the cape.  But… is there a way to make it quick and easy… hmmm…

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source: papercut patterns

Papercut Watson Shortcuts

Here’s a list of shortcuts that I took to make it a quick and easy project.  Not all of my decisions were wise so use these at your own risk.

Thumbs upShort Cut #1:  Make the sleeveless version

No sleeves means less fabric, less cutting, less sewing and less fitting.  Since it’s not ever that cold here, I can wear various long sleeve shirts underneath.  Added bonus is that the shirt can give my outfit a pop of color since my jacket is boring grey.

papercut watson shortcut #1

Thumbs upShort Cut #2: Fit quickly

This style is looser on the body and the cape can hide a multitude of fitting issues so I skimped on the fitting.  I went 1 size down because I’m only wearing a tee underneath.  I shortened the jacket in various spots for my petite proportions.  I also used a larger size for the hips for my pear shape.

 

Thumbs upShort Cut #3: Use non-fussy fabric

I used a thick drape-y felt for it’s non-frayiness.  Felt also doesn’t have a grain so I cut the pieces without worrying about getting it straight on grain.

Watson Felt Fabric

Thumbs upShort Cut #4:  Sew regular button holes

The picture on the pattern cover has bound button holes.  I did a normal 4 step button hole and Fray Stopped around it.  The felt won’t unravel so I’m not too worried about the stability.  Would have been much better if I had actually interfaced the facing piece.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #5:  Not reading the instructions

Needless to say that there was a lot of unpicking due to this.  Since I added a decorative topstitch, there was 3x the unpicking.  🙁 boo hoo!!  How and where the cape attaches to the body of the jacket is tricky.  So tricky I did I fine on one side and managed to mess up the other side right afterwards.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #6:  Eliminate the lining

This was a good idea on paper.  Less cutting, less sewing, less fussing, no additional shopping for lining fabric.  The reality is that this was not a good idea.  I don’t think it saved a lot of time because I ended up having catch stitch the hem and the facings to the jacket by hand.  Good thing the felt fabric hide the stitching well.  If I lined the bodice it would also be a bit easier to get the jacket on and off.  At a minimum I should have lined the cape because a pretty pop of color would have been beautiful.  Lining the cape would have been quick.

 

 

Thumbs downShort Cut #7: Eliminate the interfacing

Also not a good idea.  In fact I had planned on interfacing it with a sew-in interfacing.  I simply forgot to do it in my rush to get it done.  ::palm to face::   The fabric is fairly stable but it could use the extra support; especially around the button holes.

So there you go.  4 out of 7 shortcuts were successful.  In school that’s definitely a failing grade.  But in the wonderful, rainbow filled world of sewing I’d give myself an A for not making a wadder.  🙂

 

 

Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s Top

The top I’m wearing underneath is Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn’s top.  The fabric is a dark raspberry, gooey goodness wool merino from The Fabric Store.  I whipped this up in one night by remaking a pattern I’ve already sewn before.  I eliminated the French darts for even more speed.  I’ve made it before in a less stretchy fabric, so this top is about 1-2 sizes too big.  Which brings me to the bonus short cut.

source: Silhouette Patterns

source: Silhouette Patterns

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Bonus Shortcut:  Using the same pattern twice.

Blindly reusing a pattern is a bad idea.  If the stretch is different, even if we’re talking wovens, you need to adjust the sizing of the pattern.  I’ve done this haphazardly a number of time, resulting in garments that are too small or too large.  Will I ever learn?!

Silhouette Patterns Jossilyn Top

I do love the yoke and the little pleats so I’ll learn to live with the top but it looks like I’m trying to hide a big Christmas dinner.  Not hiding a big tummy but literally I can fit a Christmas ham in there.

Silhouette Pattern Jossilyn Top Close Up

 

 

Final Final Thoughts on Watson

In the middle of sewing, when the collar was not yet attached, I wasn’t sure about the pattern.  It was a little.. umm.. Catholic priest-ish.  No offense to Catholic priest.Priest Costume

When the collar goes on, it’s really cute.  I love the high low hem of the peplum.  Below are some more pics and views for those who made it to the end of this lengthy post.Papercut Watson Side

Papercut Watson Back

Papercut Watson Ikea Rug

Link to my pattern review.

Happy Holiday Shortcut Sewing,

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