Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Walnut Pincushion with full Tutorial

This is something I always want to make, old-time looking walnut pincushion.
I'm an embellisher, I guess, I always try to add some small things here and there, this time I added some cotton lace in and out the walnut shell.

Make this Walnut Pincushion, you'll need
a walnut half shell
glue (white glue,etc I used Elmer's school glue)
3.5" fabric square
2 pieces of cotton lace (1/4" wide)
a bit fiberfill
a pair of scissors
a needle and some thread

1, Get yourself a nice walnut shell and clean it. I tried 7 walnuts and got one. I found it was much easier to use a hammer than a cracker to get an intact shell.

2. Stitch a circle in the fabric using running stitch, leave at least 1.5" thread at both ends.

3. put fiberfill within the circle

4.pull thread from both ends, keep all the fiberfill inside.

5. tie a knot tightly to make a ball

6. put some glue at the bottom of the shell, put the fabric ball into the shell. Put some glue around the edge of the side. When applying glue, make sure to apply only a thin layer, too much glue usually weakens the bond.

7. Carefully insert a piece of cotton lace between the shell and the ball

8. Hold them in place until they are dry enough to stay together by their own. I held them about 10 min. It's good the pincushion is small,I still got a hand free to surf the internet.

9. Glue another piece of cotton lace around the outside edge of the shell.

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