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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pincushions for Christmas

Well, we’ve made it through Thanksgiving, but now we’ve got to get serious about this whole Christmas spirit thing. How many of you have already decorated your house for the holidays? There’s not a sprig of holly to be seen at mine, so I guess I’d better get busy…Think I’m going to start with making a few of the Christmas pincushions that our in-house design ladies created just for me to share with you! They’ll be great little gifties—

A “Green” Christmas Tree Pincushion
(Becky used eco-friendly sweaters from the resale shop & leftover felt scraps for this little tree’s foliage!)

Here’s how!

Supplies:
craft glue
4-3/4" long wooden dowel, sharpened on one end
1-1/2" dia. round wooden wheel
pinking shears
assorted colors of green felt scraps & recycled sweaters
scissors
craft knife
3/4" dia. bead
1/4" dia. bead
straight pins

Instructions:

1. Glue unsharpened end of dowel in hole in wheel.

2. Using pinking shears, cut 11 circles from felt—ranging in size from 3" to 1" dia; cut two of each size for a total of 22.
3. Using regular scissors, cut 10 circles from recycled sweaters—ranging in size from 3" to 1" dia; cut two of each size for a total of 20.

4. Using a craft knife, cut a hole in the center of each circle.

5. Alternating felt and sweater circles and starting with the largest circles, slide dowel through the hole in center of each circle.

6. Glue beads to sharpened end of dowel.

7. Add straight pins for ornaments.

Noel Pincushion
(I just love Anne’s elegant little design with its embellished pins!)

Here’s how!

Supplies:
brown solvent ink pad
NOEL stamp or individual alphabet stamps
twill tape
pinking shears
felt
quilted fabric
snowflake garland
embroidery floss
pearl beads
fiberfill
pearl-topped straight pins
crystal beads
craft glue

Instructions:
(Use 3 strands of floss for all stitching.)

1. Using solvent ink, stamp NOEL in center of twill tape.

2. Using pinking shears, cut one 4-1/2" square of felt and one of fabric.
3. Pin NOEL twill tape to one corner of fabric.

4. Cut one snowflake from garland. Refer to photo of finished cushion to stitch snowflake to fabric and to tack a pearl bead in the center of the snowflake.
5. Stack fabric and felt squares with wrong sides together. Using running stitches, join the squares, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill and sew opening closed.

6. Insert each pearl-topped pin into crystal bead and a pearl, gluing them in place.

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