This week on Iron Craft I challenge everyone to make something using a fat quarter of fabric. They could use any other craft supplies in the project but only 18″ x 22″ of fabric. For my project, I originally thought of covering the lampshade in my craft room with some cute fabric but, that just seemed a little boring. Then I realized what I really needed was a pincushion. I have a sweet one that was a gift from Susi.
But I tend to keep that one in the craft room . The problem is when I’m sewing downstairs on the couch, which is where I tend to do a lot of my hand piecing for quilts, I end up using the couch, throw pillows & even my clothes as pincushions. Matt was finding pins everywhere & I ended up sitting on a needle in the couch the other morning. I didn’t need anything too big, just enough to hold a couple of pins & a needle. Then I thought of how convenient it would be if it was right there at hand all the time, or right there on my wrist.
This was such a quick project! An average sewer with a sewing machine could finish it in about an hour or so (even sewn by hand this wouldn’t take long). It’s a great project to use up scrap fabric. Plus, I think it turned out really cute & would make a great present for other crafters & sewers. I was a little worried it might be annoying to wear but, I’ve worn it for two evenings while quilting, it was so handy & comfortable! The trick is to make sure the strap fits tightly so it stays in place on your wrist.
Wristband Pincushion How-To
13″ x 5″ of medium or heavier weight fabric (I used quilting cotton) (you want the length of the fabric to be on the grain*)
matching sewing thread
complimentary embroidery floss (optional)
sewing & embroidery needles (embroidery needle is optional)
compass (or something that is a 4″ circle to use as a template)
stuffing (polyfil, roving, etc…)
fusible interfacing (I used a medium weight)
- Cut out a strip of fabric 8 1/2″ long by 3 1/2″ wide. You want the long edge of the strip to be on the grain* so the wristband won’t stretch. Cut a piece of interfacing that is 8″ long by 1 1/4″ wide. (I have a 6″ wrist & this was the right size for me. You may want to adjust the length for a larger or smaller wrist which means you may need a little more or less fabric.)
- Iron the interfacing centered on one half of the fabric strip as shown in picture 2 above. I find it helped to iron the fabric in half first so I had a center line.
- Fold the wristband in half, right sides together. Sew one short side & the long side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the corners of the sewn short side if you wish.
- Turn the wristband right side out. Iron the open side under 1/4″ & sew shut with a blind or whip stitch. Press. At this point I top stitched around all the sides for a neater look but this is optional.
- Use your compass or circle template to draw a 4″ circle of fabric. Cut it out. Using your matching thread, baste around the edge of the circle, about 1/4″ in.
- When you pull the basting thread the circle forms a little pouch.
- Stuff the pouch with filling. You want to stuff is as tight as you can.
- Pull the basting thread as tight as you can & then sew back & forth over the seam to close the cushion.
- You have a finished pincushion. When I was sewing mine shut in step 4 I shaped it a little to get an oval but a circle will work well too,
- I embellished my cushion with some french knots made of embroidery floss. This also helped make for a tighter pincushion. Use 3 strands of embroidery floss & an embroidery needle. Come up from the bottom of the cushion & make a french knot at the top center of the cushion. Go back down through to the bottom & pull as tight as possible & knot off. I didn’t think my knot was big enough so I did a second.
- Using the matching thread sew the pincushion to the center of the wristband. I went around twice to make sure it was tightly on.
- Cut two piece of velcro about 1/4″ shorter than the wristband & sew them on. I attach them with a little fabric glue first to help hold them on but, it;s not necessary.
- If you don’t want to see the stitching on the velcro on the outside of your wristband only sew through one layer of the fabric.
* How do you know which way the grain runs on your fabric? The grain runs with the selvage so, if you have a selvage edge it’s very easy to figure out. If you don’t, try grabbing two opposing edges of the fabric & pulling. If the fabric stretches that is not the grain, if it doesn’t stretch that is the grain.