Monday, 21 November 2011

Wrist Watch Pincushion Tutorial {Accuquilt Go! Baby}

So, here we are with the first of two wrist pincushion tutorials -  a watch AND a mince pie!


Let’s start with the watch today …


I made one of these back in March to go with a little giveaway and I can’t tell you how impossible I found it to cut two circles out of fabric.  Pathetic.  Really!  I must have cut about 8 circles before I got a pair I liked.

Not now.

Oh no. 

This time I’m using the Accuquilt Go! Baby for these little cuties … And boy oh boy is it easier!  Now, if you don’t have one, it’s still easy enough, I’m sure, for you to cut two 3” circles.  It’s just me who finds it impossible!

First off you will need a good clock image to print onto T-shirt transfer paper … (remember to reverse the image when you print or it will come out backwards!)  You should find it in your printer settings …
You can use this picture by right clicking and saving it to disk:



I printed 8 onto a sheet of A4 paper (if you’re using something like Word, insert a table and then paste the image into each cell - that way you get really good spacing)


Then cut round your transfer leaving a little white space around the edge (it makes it easier to peel the paper off after you’ve ironed it on)

Then you will need:


1 x transfer print of watch face

2 x 3” felt or fabric circles

1 x 10” piece of ribbon or twill

2 x scraps of velcro

rice for the filling

standard sewing thread (I used my Aurifil)

red & green embroidery thread/perle for edging (optional)

I used a heavy off white felt that I got from my linen man (He’s not made of linen, he just sells it)  … It’s 100% wool, ex-Ministry of Defence stuff (used for lining uniform collars apparently!!)

I put two scraps of felt onto the middle (3”) die and then rolled it through … sooooo easy!

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Iron your transfer onto one of the circles.


You should now have one front (watch face) and one back piece …


Take your back piece and sew your twill/bias/ribbon down the middle …

… This will be the inside back.


You can sew your velcro on now (one on each end, opposite sides of tape … or you can wait until you have stuffed it to get a better idea of the length needed!


Then place your watch front piece on top (right side up) and sew the two pieces together, leaving a gap of about 2 inches for stuffing … I used a back stitch about 1/8” in from the edge …


Now fill your watch!  It doesn’t have to be very full (as it’s a watch and all).

Then sew up your gap and you're ready to rock and roll!


Once I’d sewn it up I decided to make it a bit more festive with some red and green perle (threaded together in same needle).

… and that, as they say, is that!  It honestly took twice as long to write the tutorial as it did to make the pincushion!

… Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the mince pie!  It was inspired by that crimping look made by the embroidery thread!

Feeling festive yet?


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