Saturday, January 25, 2014

I 'Heart' You


In anticipation of my granddaughter coming for sewing lessons, I put together a little box of tools chosen specially for her.  I also wanted to make a pincushion for her toolbox that would remind her of our time together.  I am glad I took the time to do this because she loved every item in her little box and wanted me to show her how each thing was used.  She is such an avid learner that she was a delight to spend the day with, sewing and learning.  Even though she is only seven, she never lost interest or patience and recounted every word back to her parents and sister.  It was cute to
hear her repeatedly say "I love sewing!".  Kind of renewed my own enthusiasm.  How nice in this age of electronics and video games to have a young mind so interested in the simple art of creating with your hands.  I did chuckle when she told me to make her practice pieces hard because she wanted to "make it to the next level".

I had so much fun making the wool pincushions that I made a few more.  Thought they would be nice to have on hand when I need a little gift.  I also thought I would share the pattern so you can make some for yourself, if sew inclined.  :)

I used felted wool for the pincushions.  If you would like to put a signature label on the back, use the small heart pattern and just write your name on it with a disappearing marker.  Back-stitch the writing with some embroidery floss and blanket stitch it to the back heart.  I also used embroidery floss to add some running stitch veins to the leaves.  You could also do this with your sewing machine, but it really doesn't take too long to do it by hand.

Stitch the two hearts together, insides out, using a 1/8 seam allowance and leaving a small opening for turning and stuffing.  Trim the inside and outside corners close to the stitching.  (You may want to reinforce the stitching at the corners before trimming.  Do this by just stitching over your original stitching a second time.)

Turn the heart right-side out and stuff with some polyester filling.  Hand stitch the opening shut.  Position your leaves and hand-stitch or glue in place.  Stack the flower petals and button and sew together.  Attach to the heart with stitching or glue.  Some of the flowers I cut with the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die, others I hand cut and included with the pattern.
Click on image and make sure it is 8.5 x 11 before printing.
Hope you have as much fun making these as I did.


As always, thanks for stopping!
 

3 comments:

  1. Your granddaughter will cherish this time. My granny taught me to sew on her old sewing machine, similar to the one in the picture above, but it was in a case WITH foot pedal - not the electric ones we have today AND I had to learn how to thread the shuttlecock (NOT a bobbin).........at least that's what she called it anyway. Those are some fond memories of time spent with my granny. I got my granny's machine when she passed away about 10 years ago, but gave it to my aunt-in-law since it kept scratching the wood floor; so wish I would have thought to have removed it and displayed as you have. Hope you two have a wonderful time sewing!

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    1. Hi Cindy. The sewing machine was gifted to me by my friend, JoAnne. It was in her barn. When I asked her if she would let me know if she ever came upon one for sale, she gave me this one. Very generous of her! I brought it home and cleaned it up. Now I need to build a wooden box as a base for it because I just kind of have it propped up with odds and ends. Thank you for stopping and sharing your sewing story.

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