Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cookie Cutter Pincushion

Are these just the cutest things ever?

I think this little pincushion would make the most charming Valentine gift!
Country Living featured the idea in this month's issue...oh, I do love that magazine!

They have great directions, but I was lacking a couple ingredients...so, I had to blaze a new trail.
The outcome is still the same, though!!
My daughter, Lily, and her friend Millie and I spent part of the afternoon making the pincushions.
I totally think this is a project you can do with your older children.
 The girls loved it!

To begin, you will need: 
A cookie cutter
{We used heart shaped cutters for Valentine's Day}.

A thin piece of Styrofoam...Country Living recommends a produce tray from the grocery store.
{I used a thin piece of cardboard form the back of a pad of paper}.

Tacky glue
{I used Elmer's and a hot glue gun.}

Fiberfill stuffing
Rubber band
Your choice of fabric.

Lay your cookie cutter out on the cardboard or Styrofoam and trace the inside.
Cut it out.

Now, cut a heart shaped piece of fabric about a half inch bigger around the cardboard.

Using Tacky Glue {which is the best...you could use Elmer's in a pinch...just do so sparingly} spread it evenly across cardboard. 
Attach the fabric to the cardboard heart and let dry for 30  minutes.
Country Living suggests using more Tacky Glue to secure the excess fabric....I used my glue gun.

Next, cut a square piece of fabric about 3 inches wider than your cookie cutter.

With fabric right side up, lay the sharp part of the cookie cutter in the center of your fabric.
Pick up the cutter and push the stuffing through to make the pin cushion.
This takes some adjusting to get everything looking right.

The fabric should protrude at least 3/4 inch past the cutter.
I think mine is about 1 1/2 inches.

To get the stuffing nice and even, just hold the cutter in your hand and use your thumb to push into place.

Here is where I venture from the original plan.
Country Living suggests using a running stitch to close the cushion. 
This would give you a much flatter base.
I used a rubber band:). 
Just gather the excess fabric and secure.
Then trim off the extra fabric with your scissors.

You are ready to assemble your pincushion!
According to the directions, apply more Tacky Glue to the underside of the cushion, push the Styrofoam into the cutter so that it presses against the glue, and hold for three minutes. 
It will need to dry another 30 minutes after that.

For some reason, I couldn't get my little cardboard base to cooperate... so here is what I did:).
I took out the cushion and attached the base with a little hot glue all around the inside edge of the cutter.

Here is the underside.
 If you have a small crease... like I did...just pull tight from the other end.
Last, I placed a little more hot glue all over the inside of the base and pressed the cushion in place.

What a lovely little gift for someone special!
You could use any cookie cutter. 
A little bunny or duckling for Easter would be fun, or even a clover for St. Patty's Day.
I even like the plain old biscuit cutters with the fluted edge...wouldn't that be darling?
The possibilities are endless and the cost so minimal for a charming gift like this:).

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Have a great day!


PS: Head on over to Anderson Family Farm's blog to enter to win luxurious goat milk lotion and soap!
The giveaway end Sunday:). 


Valerie said...

Hi Julia.

So very cute! I love this idea...and I think I might make these for the all the special moms/grandmas in my life.

And I so love it..."my daughter Lily and her friend Millie"! It's like taking a step back in time!

Hugs to you,


~ko said...

Julia! This is adorable! And I love the rubber band and hot-glue method! Another craft on my to-do list :) Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Leslie said...

that is adorable!

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Christi said...

You always have the best ideas! Such a cute pin cushion! And I love the cloth napkins you made... I have that on my very long "to do" list.

I always enjoy your blog, Julia!

Gumbo Lily said...

Excellent gift idea! I noticed the instructions in CL too. I just re-subscribed after a few years without it.

Cute pin cushion!

Kimberlee said...

julia, Thank you soooo much for including Millie on such a darling craft! I love my new pin cusion and she was tickled pink to give it to me! Have a great day!Blessings upon you today and forever!

Cailan said...

I can't believe how busy and crafty you have been - I'm so behind! Love how these turned out. : )

Anonymous said...

Looked all over for the article on these pincushions, thinking it was in quilting magazine. Was thrilled to find it on your blog after googling.
Thanks for great photos and tips. Will be using for womens group craft session

Diazseia said...

Julia! This is adorable! And I love the rubber band and hot-glue method! Another craft on my to-do list :) Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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