Last week one of the projects that I showed you was the totally groovy peace sign granny square from Petals to Picots. My mission was to turn it into a pincushion for lovely young lady named Phoenix who volunteers at our library. As you can see it was a terrific success and I'm overjoyed with the results. It's a simple project that came together in just a few hours. I made mine using Sugar 'n Cream Cotton in Sunshine, Hot Green and Psychedelic and a G hook.
2. When it's the same size as the peace sign work one round into the front loops only. That forms the little edge and allows you to start working up. Work 4 more continuous rounds making it about an inch and a half tall. Don't finish off. To give it a bit more structure using the peace sign as a template, cut a piece of cardboard to fit snugly in the bottom.
To make the cushion, using the cardboard circle as a guide, cut 2 pieces of fabric about a 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch larger than the cardboard.
3. Put the wrong sides of the fabric together and using a basting stitch sew around the circle. Leave 1/4 inch seam allowance and an 1 1/2 - 2 inch opening. Leave the needle and thread attached.
4. Turn the circle right side out and stuff with fiber fill. Over stuff so it's nice and firm and puffy. Fold the edges of the opening in and stitch closed.
5. Plump up your cushion and stuff it into the base. It should fit snugly. You could stop right here and have yourself a great little pincushion. In fact, that's exactly what we're going to be making at the next YA craft class at the library!
6. To finish, attach the peace sign to the base by single crocheting through the back loops of the base and the front loops of the peace sign. Fasten off and weave in the end.
The peace sign pincushion was such a hit that Anne (our YA Librarian) asked me if I'd be interested in making them with the kids. I've never taught anyone how to crochet, but I figured what the heck why not give it a try. Since the peace sign is a little tough for a beginner we'll make them topless (like step 5). I know that crocheting circles isn't a typical first timer project, but it will be a small group and I think it we'll be okay. I'm looking forward to introducing them to wonderful world of crochet! If all goes well, maybe we'll have another class and make friendship bracelets. But I'm getting ahead of myself! Let's get through this one first!
I know that we have some talented kids. Take a look at the apron that Phoenix made for me. Isn't it fabulous?! It reminds of something my grandmother wore while making my favorite ox-tail and tomato soup! I'm certainly going to cherish it. When she gave it to me she told me not to get it dirty! Well the only way I can promise that is if I don't use it and I have every intention of wearing it often! But I will be careful when I make things with tomato sauce!!
Until next time friends,
Be blessed and stitch & read with love!