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Pincushion caddy

Added Jun 16, 2010

by prettyplease

Torrance, Califo...




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A color wheel pincushion to keep my design juices flowing!

I do not use interfacing for the inside – I am not sure what kind of interfacing is used in the pattern, but I was not able to find it at my fabric store. The interfacing that I did find was expensive and I could not get it to work the way the picture did, and I decided that I like it that way!

I do use interfacing for the bottom circle-but a circle of cereal box works too.

Needle case on side.

I use a 1/2 inch seam on the outsides vertical of the circle. I pin the seams down and go slow with the stitching. (ok I admit it I even sew over the pins- but please don’t report me to the sewing machine police).

For the top and bottom horizontal I use a 1/4 seam. The inside vertical rectangle I cut to 11 7/8 X 4 1/2 and sew a 1/4 seam. I iron this seam to one side and then iron in folds to show where 1/4 of the piece is so that I can match up where to pin the outside circle

The pattern piece is not symmetrical- if you want to split it in half for a color wheel you might try making strips that have a 1/4 seam and then cutting the piece out.

Material Notes

Quilting cotton, stuffing, cereal box




Garment Type

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    Jun 17, 2010, 12.25 PMby kstyled

    What a great idea! Is there a pattern and “how-to” that comes with this? lol! No, seriously…I like it !

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      Jun 23, 2010, 01.43 AMby prettyplease

      The pattern is from the book “Seams to me” . There were a lot of errors in the book :(

      When the book first came out this pattern was free on the internet- now the book can often be found in the library!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.58 PMby tamezdc

    Very pretty!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 03.47 PMby ncn6

    This would be a great use for leftover fabric scraps!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 12.53 PMby mrs. mw

    this is awesome, is there a pattern reference?

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    Jun 16, 2010, 12.06 PMby bussey

    The power of colour… maybe having it in my sewing box would make me more optimistic….

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    Jun 16, 2010, 12.04 PMby Jodi Wade

    It looks great. What is wrong with sewing over pins? My sewing teacher at school used to tell us to do it…. :)

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      Jun 16, 2010, 12.21 PMby anajan

      I sew over the pins all the time. Yeah, I break a needle sometimes, but it doesn’t bother me at all.

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      Jun 16, 2010, 03.47 PMby ncn6

      I was once told that it “weakens” the seam because it makes the stitches slightly loose where the pin is… but I don’t know if that’s really true or not. I always take them out now just out of habit!

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    Jun 16, 2010, 09.21 AMby anajan

    Cute! :D

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