It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood and while we may be smack dab in the middle of summer Mother Nature is finally cutting us a break! When it's hot out I tend to lean towards small thread projects to keep me busy. Lately I've been focused on pincushions. When I came across this little gem in the April 2013 issue of Crochet World I knew I had to make it.
The original pattern is for a tape measure holder/pincushion. Of course I didn't have the same kind of tape so I needed to find something to use in it's place. At first I thought about just stuffing the bottom, and then I remembered the little jar in my sewing box that I'd been keeping stray buttons in.
As it turns out it was just about the same size as the tape and minimal modifications were needed to make it work. I figured if I made the pincushion into a jar topper the bottom could be used to hold notions like a needle threader, safety pins, small spools of thread and even the stray buttons, making it into a handy sewing kit perfect for those little mending jobs.
I followed the pattern through Rnd 8 of the Hat Bottom which is just a basic circle. I added one more round (following the established pattern) so that the circle was the same size as the top of the jar. Then I worked a round of sc in the front loops only. This give you the edge and you can start working down the sides. I worked 4 rounds of dc in both loops until it covered the top. I finished with a round of sc worked into the front loops to form a small lip.
For the hat I followed the pattern again through Rnd 8, adding one more round just like I did for the base. This way I knew that when I sewed them together I'd have the same number of stitches on both pieces (54, I think). I did make one more modification. I used a different flower than the one indicated. I'm a fan of the traditional crochet roses so that's what I made using 3 different shades of pink.
It's a fairly easy project - the magazine says "Confident Beginner" and I'd agree. Even with the modifications it only took a few sittings. I almost forgot. I used a bit of fabric glue to secure the pincushion to the jar top. That way when it stays put when you open and close the jar. I'm quite pleased with the whole thing. It's quite charming and will certainly make a lovely gift.
Well folks that's all for now! Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me.
Until next time friends,
Be blessed and stitch & read with love!
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.
1. Using the granny square pattern, make just the peace sign. For the base make a basic circle working in continuous rounds moving the stitch marker after each round.
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.
Well that it'll do it for me today. I have all kinds of projects to share with you so please stop back and visit again. Thanks so much for spending a bit of your day with me,
Until next time friends,
Be blessed and stitch & read with love!
You can easily embellish plain towels and washcloths
1. Single Crochet around the motif using crochet thread that matches your "plain" item.
4. Spritz the motif with plain water to wet, then pin it to open up the stitches and straighten the edges.
7. Fold up the edge a bit and take a small stitch under it to anchor the thread and hide the knot.
2. For square designs, work 3 SC stitches in each corner for a smooth border.
5. Once the motif is dry, pin it in place. Where and how many is all up to you!
8. Now using small stitches, sew into the back loop of each SC stitch around the item.
3. Finish the round using the invisible join. Not sure how? Click here!
6. Using plain thread in the same color as your border, thread the needle and tie a knot.
9. Finish off by tying a knot close to the fabric and then passing the needle under the motif and out the back to hide the knot.
That's it! That's all it takes to turn something plain and ordinary into something unique and extraordinary!
If you think it's too hard, please don't be intimidated! The first time I tried it I was so worried that my stitches would be uneven and the motif would fall off! Believe me it's so much easier than it looks. And, it's a great way to put your thread creations to work. I don't know about you, but I have plenty of flowers and motifs that are just looking for a place to show off!
I turned these simple fingerless mitts into something special by adding flowers to the outside of the wrist.
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