A pin-cushion is a
useful item to have in any needle-work kit. It will come in
handy at any time. The following step-by-step instructions on
how to make a pin-cushion can be followed by any beginner.
The very first step
to take is to get the necessary materials which are needed for
the making of a pin-cushion. You will need at least three
different kinds of cloth. Before commencing, make sure that you
have a sufficient amount of each material. The first two pieces
of cloth should measure at least twenty-four by twenty-four
inches in size. The third piece of material should be either
black or white so as to bring out the effect of the contrast of
the material. This piece of cloth should be twelve by twelve
inches in size. The other required items are a piece of
cardboard, cotton, pins, needles, thread and a pair of scissors.
Cut out a paper
pattern for a circle of two inches in radius. Using the material
measuring twenty-four by twenty-four inches, place the paper
pattern on it and cut out five identical circles. Repeat with
the other piece of cloth of the same measurement. Next, cut out
a paper pattern for a circle of three inches in radius, and cut
out two such circles from the remaining material measuring
twelve by twelve inches. Having done all this, proceed to cut
out a circle of radius one-and-a-half inches from the piece of
Taking one of the
pieces of circle-shaped cloth of two inches in radius, fold it
into four. Having done this ,place a pin to put it into
position. At about one-fifth of an inch from the rounded edge,
make running stitches all the way from the beginning to the end.
Draw up the stitches together so that the material now resembles
a leaf. Fasten firmly with a knot. Do the same with the
remaining nine pieces of circle-shaped material.
Make running stitches
all round the border ( about one-fifth of an inch from the edge
) for the remaining two pieces of circle-shaped material. For
one, insert the already cut-out cardboard and draw up. Fasten
with a know. For the second one, stuff in sufficient cotton and
fasten up too. It should resemble a mini-cushion and should be
rounded in shape.
Arrange the "leaves"
on the cardboard, alternating the two different materials, as
follows : Arrange five "leaves" for the first layer. Sew them on
firmly. Proceed with the second layer of leaves. Again sew them
on to the cardboard firmly. The last step to take is to sew the
cushion on to the "leaves" and the cardboard. Great care should
be taken so as to place the cushion in the center.
Fasten with a knot
and your self-made pretty pin-cushion is ready for use !