For various reasons, my 'sew-jo' abandoned me in September 2014 and has still not fully returned. I have made several things (baby quilt and five brooches) in the past eight or nine months but only managed to complete TWO of the items on my Second Quarter Finish-Along list. Here is the link to my original Q2 to-do list!
I completed my Polar Bear cushion (paper pieced pattern by Quiet Play) and I am thrilled with it! I tested this pattern and the block sat for the longest time so I am pleased it is no longer an orphan! And now I appear to be ready for Christmas - win win!
My other finish was a Sew Together Bag for Nathalie. We did a 'talent/skill swap' - she made me the most gorgeous hand knit socks and I was to make her the Sew Together Bag. However, I had made one before and swore to NEVER make another.... which could be why it took me a year and three months to complete! But I gifted it full of things for Nathalie to enjoy. I am pretty pleased at how it turned out - so much so that I may even make a third one in the future....
Nat's favourite colour is teal/aqua (also one of my favourites too!!) so I enjoyed picking the fabrics for it - and the zippers too! And of course I sewed one of the THIS TOOK FOREVER tags inside -- because it was the truth!
Hello - I thought that I would share my tutorial for MIGHTY MOUSE (pincushion) that was originally posted on The Daily Stitch in 2013. I LOVE making these mice. Here is one I recently made in pink mirror ball fabric! So cute!
Mighty Mouse [weighted] Pincushion
You will need:
(1) 6 inch charm square [I used Anna Maria Horner ‘Field Study – Spotted in the Crowd Amelia’]
(2) beads or buttons for eyes
(2) 1 inch x 2 inch [approx – adjust to how big you want them to be] felt rectangles for ears
(1) 6.5” piece of cord (or yarn) for tail
Needle and black thread
Polyfil toy stuffing
1. Fold square diagonally, right sides together to make a triangle.
2. Sew along one open edge using small stitches, backstitching at the beginning and the end.
3. Clip corner near stitches and turn so right side out, making sure
to use a pencil or chopstick to ensure a tidy point (the nose of the
4. Trim off corner (you can trim right to the opposite edge if you want to make a better cone).
5. Press a hem around the open edge.
6. Baste stitch along this hemmed edge using strong thread (or doubled up thread).
7. Gather thread so the opening is cinched slightly and add stuffing, making sure it goes into pointed nose.
8. Cinch more and add stone if desired (helps keep the mouse upright on an angle).
9. Cinch closed and secure thread. Sew tail to the bottom near the
closure. Stitch felt over this area if you feel the cinched area is
untidy or not closed tight.
10. For the whiskers on the nose, thread three pieces of black
thread through near the nose tip and tie each side with a knot close to
the body to secure.
11. Add beads or buttons for eyes. French knots would work as well.
12. For the ears, take the felt pieces and trim the corners off so
you have semi-circular tops. Pinch the bottom of one ear together so
the ear has some dimension and stitch these gathers in place. Now
stitch to the body of mouse. Repeat.
14. Adjust the stone in the bottom to get the desired angle of your mouse.
15. Now you have a weighted mouse pin cushion!! Enjoy!