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I love to sew things that I will actually use. This wrist pincushion not only uses up a little scrap fabric, but it’s also a necessity for any sewer. While you can buy your own wrist pincushion, there’s something so fun about having a cute print to brighten your crafting experience. These little elephants help me smile while I pin away (one of my least favorite parts of sewing, I’m too clumsy and stick myself at least once every time).
What You Need:
- A small piece of scrap fabric
- Fiberfill or scrap quilt batting
- Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
- Pinking Shears
What to Do:
Cut a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide and about an inch and half longer than the circumference of your wrist. Fold it in half lengthwise and pin. Sew with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance along the edge.
Once it’s sewn, flip the tube right side out, using either the eraser end of a pencil or a knitting needle to help feed the fabric through. Press with the seam in the center on the bottom.
Fold the ends in twice and sew to finish.
Add the hook piece of velcro to one end of the strip, and wrap it around your wrist to judge where to place the soft side of the velcro.
Next, using your pinking shears, fold your fabric in half and cut a rectangle measuring about 2 x 3 inches out of both sides and sew 3 sides, the 2 long and one of the short with right sides facing out. You’ll want to sew with about a 1/2 inch seam allowance. If you don’t have pinking shears, you can either cut in a zig zag, or sew with right sides facing in and flip after you’ve sewn 3 sides (1/4 inch seam allowance.
Take your cushion out of the machine and pack it with fiberfill or batting. I put as much in as I could to create a very dense cushion. I used my knitting needle to pack it down and fill in as much space as possible. Once you have your cushion packed as much as you can, still allowing for the 1/2 inch seam, sew the final side closed.
Once everything was sewn up, I went back around with my pinking shears to even up the sides a little bit now that everything is where it’s going to stay. That made the edges of the cushion a lot cleaner.
Finally, you’ll want to sew the center of your cushion to the center of your wristband, making sure to only sew through the first layer of fabric in the cushion. I sewed about 3/4 of an inch in the center of the cushion to the wristband, you don’t want to sew the whole thing. You’ll notice that I didn’t put the Velcro on the wrist until after I had the cushion sewn on, learn from my mistake! It was a little difficult to maneuver around the cushion when sewing on the Velcro.
Add some pins and you’re ready to get back to sewing!
I haven’t quite figured out a good way to keep the pins from sticking me if the get pushed in too deep. My pincushion is pretty tall, so it takes a lot of force to get the pins all the way through to my wrist, but I would love to hear if you have any suggestions to make the cushion a little safer in case something falls on the pins. I was thinking maybe some hot glue underneath were the cushion meets the wrist band? I could have also sewn some sort of plastic bracelet inside the band. For now, I’m just being a little more careful, and I haven’t had any problems yet.