You know I had to try it, didn’t ya? I already made two of these babies.
So when I was thinking I should make a selvage pincushion, the Cathedral Window design came to mind.
There is a fantastic tutorial at Riley Blake Designs. http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cutting-corners/2012/02/17/cathedral-window-pincushion/ Easy to follow with great photos. It is what I used. I only deviated from the instructions near the end.
OK, want to see how I made mine? I won’t bore you by repeating EVERYTHING that the above tutorial already told you. So I will mostly show you mine via photos with an added note thrown in here and there.
Select a few of your Selvage Strips.
You will need about 10-11 of them. (I sewed over the actual fabric.) Sew strips onto muslin. Cut a 4 1/2″ square.
Now select the fabric for the “peel back.”
Add your Windows.
Peel back. (If you want a slender tip, come in some at the bottom. A wider mouth will give you a more rounded look.)
Select the fabric for the back of your pincushion. I followed along with the RileyBlakeDesign tutorial but I added an extra half inch all around.
This is what I did differently. I ironed fusible fleece to the two back pieces.
I wanted the fabric to feel sturdier. Give it some weight. Plus it protects the ground walnut shells I put inside instead of polyester filling.
Next, sew front to back.
Sew on button or embellishments NOW. Unless you want to sew through the walnut shells.
Fill or stuff with whatever you wish. And done!!
I made a second pincushion. This is how my corners looked when I did not taper enough at the tips during the peel back. It looks OK but I like the tapered look best.
I am going to make another one and try to taper the ends a bit more. Make it more pointy. If you make this selvage pincushion, send me a photo and I will post it on my blog. Thanks!!
Here are the walnut shells I used. Came in a 7 lb bag. I have used half of it.