Woolly Pumpkin Pincushion
Every quilter needs at least one large pincushion. This is a great project for those days when you only have an hour or two free.
• Wool, wool felt or a combination of both: 2 (61/2") squares tan 4"x 6" scrap rusty orange Scrap green • 2 (61/2") squares lining fabric • 61/2" square batting • Thread • Green and rusty orange
embroidery floss • 2–21/4 cups ground walnut shells
or polyester fiberfill • Small piece of freezer paper or
6" square fusible web • Basic sewing tools and supplies
The stitched sample uses wool for the background, and the leaf and stem appliqués. The pumpkin was cut from a piece of wool felt that was moistened and then dried in the dryer to shrink it and give it a vintage texture.
COMPLETING THE APPLIQUÉ
1. If using freezer paper, trace the individual motif shapes onto the dull side of the freezer paper using the full-size pattern given. Cut out shapes leaving a margin around each one. 2. Iron the traced shapes onto the wrong side of the wool for about 3 seconds. 3. Cut through both the fabric and paper on the traced lines. Remove the freezer paper. 4. If using fusible web, trace the individual motif shapes onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out shapes, leaving a margin around each one. 5. Iron the paper shapes onto the wrong side of the wool pieces. After checking to make sure the adhesive has melted onto the wool, cut out shapes on traced lines. Remove paper backing. 6. Baste the batting square to the wrong side of one tan square. 7. Center the pumpkin motif pieces (from either method) on basted fabric square using the pattern as a guide for placement. Pin or baste in place; do not press or fuse. 8. Hand-stitch pieces in place using 1 strand of embroidery floss to match fabrics and a small overhand stitch as shown in Figure 1. 9. Thread needle with 2 strands of green embroidery floss and stitch a curly vine using a running stitch and referring to the pattern given to complete the appliquéd top.
COMPLETING THE PINCUSHION
1. Pin the appliquéd top right sides together with the remaining tan square and pin to the two lining squares. Sew all around using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening on the bottom edge as shown in Figure 2. 2. Trim corners and turn right side out through the opening with the lining pieces in the middle between the two outer layers. 3. Fill the pincushion lining with the ground walnut shells or fiberfill to the desired fullness. Note: Using a small funnel when pouring the shells is helpful.
I sew … a lot! So I tend to decorate my home with sewing motifs, from vintage tools and books to baskets of handwork ready to grab when I have a moment. Having fun and seasonal pincushions around my home is both handy and decorative.” —Chris Malone
4. Turn the opening edges of the lining to the inside and hand-stitch the opening closed.
5. Fold in the seam allowance on the opening of the outer layers to the inside. Hand-stitch this opening closed to finish.