HAND STITCH­ING IN GOLD THREAD ADDS A LUX­U­RI­OUS FIN­ISH TO THE DE­SIGN

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - BUSY BEE SEWING SET -

PRE­PAR­ING THE PINCUSHION

1

Us­ing the 2in hexagon tem­plate, cut out a 2in hexagon from the bat­ting. Put to one side un­til later.

2

Pin the 2in Hexagon tem­plates and two Half Hexagon tem­plates onto the linen back­ground 10in square. Trim around each shape, leav­ing at least ¼in seam al­lowance. Baste in place, us­ing your pre­ferred method.

3

Pin the six Rec­tan­gle tem­plates onto the se­lec­tion of print fab­ric scraps. Trim around each rec­tan­gle, leav­ing at least ¼in seam al­lowance. Baste in place, us­ing your pre­ferred method.

PIEC­ING THE BEE

4

Piece the bee as in steps 6–7 of the pouch in­struc­tions.

CON­STRUCT­ING THE PINCUSHION

5

Sew the rec­tan­gles to each side of the hexagon, plac­ing right sides to­gether and us­ing a whip­stitch to form the shape shown in Fig 3.

6

Re­move the pa­per tem­plate from the hexagon. Place the bat­ting on the wrong side of the hexagon, en­sur­ing the edges lie flat un­der the seam al­lowances. Baste in place.

7

Re­move the pa­per tem­plates from the pieced bee and tack or pin onto the hexagon. Slip stitch around the edge of the bee to se­cure. Quilt as de­sired.

8

Sew the half hexagons in place as shown (Fig 4). Then be­gin to con­struct the 3D shape. Sew the short sides of ad­ja­cent rec­tan­gles to­gether. Sew the re­main­ing long edges to the sides of each half hexagon. Leave the long­est edge of each half hexagon un­sewn.

9

Re­move the Rec­tan­gle tem­plates, then care­fully turn the pincushion right side out. Re­move the Half Hexagon tem­plates.

10

Ease out the cor­ners and stuff the pincushion firmly. Close the gap in the bot­tom with a lad­der stitch to fin­ish.

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