It’s a Slap Wrap Pin Cushion!!
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?
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.
- Download the pattern here.
- Cut out your pieces.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Using a zipper foot stitch around the cover using your chalk line for reference.
- 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.
- Unpin the strawberry cone. Run a gathering stitch around the opening. Stuff the strawberry with polyfil firmly.
- Pull the gathering threads to close the opening. Stitch to secure.
- Attached the stem to the cap by pulling the stem edges through the slit in the cap and stitch to secure.
- Pin the cap to the top of the strawberry. Stitch to attach.
- You’re done. Put in pins and enjoy.
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.
- 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.
- 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.Congratulations. 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.
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.
Happy pin cushion sewing,