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Edith the pincushion

I gave my best with the skirt but it just didn't work out. So I started on the pincushion I mentioned a few days ago. I'm going to call it Edith:


I started off by drafting a "pattern". I took a normal envelope and cut it off. Then I used a large candle to trace some curved lines between the middle of each section. The pattern is too big. I wanted Edith to be made of 6 parts but I stopped at 4 because it already was too big. After I cut the pattern I started cutting the pieces out of fabric:
I ended up using 3 of these pieces and one of the applique pieces

Then I did the applique parts (which I'll write up in a future post). Then I did the gathering. I cut two pieces of cloth, and machine-basted one line on each:

Then gathered. I only use one line of basting for gathering and I find it works out just fine. I'm not exactly sure what the benefit of basting a second line is. I would love to hear your opinion on it though!

Then I added the gathered blue fabric between the white fabric and the lined fabric and pinned, then sewed:

I continued to add the lined pieces of fabric and then added the other gathered fabric.

In the end, I kept half of one of the sides open and stuffed it with remnants of fabric:

I didn't buy any toy stuffing for this project so I had to use what I had on hand. Still, it worked out pretty well. It does need a lot of scraps though! Once that was done, I hand stitched the opening and added a button on top. This is what it looked like:

I didn't like it very much so I made a hand-band for it as well. This I made out of the denim trousers I plan on using for that belt. Then I hand sewed the band to the pincushion and this is what resulted::


Completely open


On my hand
I'm quite happy with it but I'm still left with two applique bits that I'm not sure what to do with yet.


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