Weighted Pincushion Organizer

I love pincushions, especially functional ones.  When I was at my LQS taking a class, I noticed a few of the women had a pincushion next to their machines that also held their scissors, ripper, and a couple other tools of the trade.  Some of them also had a scrap basket attached to it too.  I had seen patterns for this type of pincushion on-line, but when I saw them in person I fell in love.  I just had to make one for myself! 

The pattern I used is found on Sew, Mama, Sew! designed by Elizabeth Hartman in 2009.  This pincushion has become my favorite.  I love having my scissors, marker, ripper, pins and needles always in the same place.  Before I couldn’t remember which side of the machine I had set them down and I was always misplacing things.  I did not want my thread basket attached.  I like having it sit next to my machine.  Don’t you just love the spool of thread design around the top.  It’s just one of the special stitches on my Janome Horizon.   

I also like the strip down the center of the pincushion for needles.  If I only use a needle a little and I want to switch to a different needle, I don’t want to put the used one back in with the new.  This way I have my needles handy and I know which ones have been gently used.  My pincushion is lightly stuffed with a small amount of the finest steel wool to keep my pins sharp along with stuffing and weights used for toys and stuffed animals I had on hand. 

If you are in need of a pincushion yourself, or just like to make them, this is it!  I love mine and the pattern was easy to follow.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Extra Large Quilted Tote Bag

What do you think?  I decided to make a large tote bag to carry my quilting supplies in when I go to class.  My family thinks it looks like a beach bag.  O.K. – maybe I could use it for that too.  It took a while to make, as I didn’t have a pattern (go figure, why would I?).  I just had an idea – that’s all any project really needs to get started. 

This is how I did it.  I cut 2 1/2″ strips of 7 different fabrics – 11 for the front, 11 for the back, and 4 for each side.  The bottom is 8″ x 22″.  I cut 2 – 5″ x 21″ for the handles.  I also cut 2 1/2″ strips to make my bias tape for the top.  The front pockets are a  7″ x 22″ piece of material with a medium weight stabilizer as the batting and stitched to match the tote.  The inside pockets are 8″ H.  I used some leftover polyester batting and some remnants for the lining. 

The front, sides, back and bottom were each sandwiched and quilted separately 1/2″ apart vertically.  I then did my machines version of serging, using the M foot (overcast foot) on each piece all the way around.  I added a piece of batting in the handle to make it padded.  The finished tote measures 21″L x6″D x 17″H. 

I love my fabric choices and I wish I had some leftovers so I could make another one, only smaller.  I haven’t used it yet for class.  Right now it is holding a quilt top, finished and needing to be sandwiched.  I guess I best get busy!  Happy Sewing and Quilting.  Kathryn

Pop Flower Coasters

Pop Flower Coasters

During the summer I was looking for a cute, easy coaster pattern to make and I found the Pop Flower Coasters on Chasing Cottons blog.  She gives a very nice tutorial on how to make them. I just love these adorable flower coasters.  They were a quick fun project that brightened up my living room for the summer. 

To make them, I cut 5″ squares of unbleached muslin and used up scraps of various pieces of material.  I love how they turned out and think I might make some next spring for gifts.  If you are looking for a bazaar item or cute simple gift, this is it.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

Wild Flower Pincushion

It seems like everyone has at least one really cute pincushion either handmade and given as a gift or just sewn for yourself because you like it.  I decided it was about time to spoil myself and make one for my sewing room.  I searched the web and found so many cute ones it was hard for me to decide which one to make first.  I decided on the Wild Flower Pincushion designed by Anna Maria Horner and published on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

I didn’t realize until I started making it how large it was going to be.  It is definitely easy to find!  I have it on my cutting table and next to the ironing board.  It was easy to make and is as cute as the ones I enjoyed looking at on the web.  The pattern was easy to follow.   I used remnants I had on hand for this project and I filled mine with polyester fiberfill and a little of the finest steel wool I could find at my local hardware store.  Happy Sewing!  Kathryn

More Fabric Baskets

This is my third fabric basket and my third post on fabric baskets.  They are so cute and an enjoyable fun project to make.  It seems to me that once you’ve made one of anything the 2nd and 3rd are so much easier and faster to make.  I think I’ve got the hang of making these.  It won’t be the last of them you will see.  Sorry.  I’ve got a few more in mind to make, although it might not be right away that I get to them.  I may change them up a bit, you just never know.

I made this one exactly like I made my second basket using 2 1/2″ squares.  The bottom is 11″ x 8″.  I cut the handles 2″ x 6″. For this basket I used a pink poke a dot print for the bottom and the lining with pale yellow and pale pink squares.  The print is turquoise with the yellow and pink in it.  You can find the pattern on Pink Penguin’s blog.  It is a well written and easy to follow pattern.  Happy sewing!

Fabric Basket

I decided to make another fabric basket.  My fabric scrap basket works perfect on my cutting table and looks nice there too.  I was thinking how versatile the baskets would be made up in different fabrics. 

This basket was made using 2 1/2″ squares.  I cut my bottom 11″ x 8″.  I cut my handles 2″W x 6″L.  I think they are the perfect length.  I used a turquoise batik for the lining and the bottom.  The bright flower print has turquoise, yellow, orange, blue and green in it, so I chose a bright yellow and a bright orange for the other squares. The finished size is 5″H x 4 1/2″ square.

My granddaughter’s favorite color is turquoise and I made this basket for her birthday.  I thought this little basket would be perfect on her dresser or desk for all the little things teenage girls need; i-pod, cell phone, earrings, bracelets, hair accessories, make-up and more.  I hope she likes it.

Fabric Scrap Basket

I just love these little fabric baskets that were a such a hit a few years ago.  The baskets are fun to make and they use small scraps of stash.  I was looking at the scraps of leftover material from the quilt I am making for my sewing room and decided a scrap basket would be perfect.  The pattern for these baskets can be found on Pink Penguin’s Blog along with other great tutorials.

As always, I made some changes to the pattern.  Ayumi uses 2″ squares for her basket.  I used 2 1/2″ squares and I enlarged the bottom a bit.  I made my basket oblong instead of square.  I also made my handles a little long than she did.  I love my basket and it works perfect on my cutting table for my scraps .

With different material this basket would be perfect as an Easter Basket.  Just an idea.  Happy sewing!