I hope you enjoyed the School Days Blog Hop. Today is the final day and tomorrow children return to school and families get into their routine of lunchboxes, homework, and perhaps a little more free time for stay-at-home moms. It’s also your final chance to leave comments on the participating blogs and try to win a wonderful giveaway! Look back to yesterday’s post if this is your first time here to see what I’m giving away and to find the list of participating bloggers.
I thought you might be looking for something to do (hah! What quilter doesn’t have a dozen projects -at least – waiting for the time to do them!) so I thought today would be a good day for a tutorial.
Several weeks ago I agreed to participate in a needle case swap with the ladies in the “Crazy About Pincushions” Yahoo Group. They are a nice group of people interested in all things pinnie related: pincushions, needlecases, patterns and such. They share patterns they’ve found on the Internet for making pincushions from the ordinary to the unusual. There is an amazing number of pincushions and pincushion patterns out there. I have one whole board dedicated to pincushions. You can find my page under Marsha Hodgkins or QuilterinMotion. Feel free to “pin” my pincushions on YOUR board, giving the link to my blog please.
I decided to create a new needlecase, one that hopefully my swap partner would not have seen before. Now that I know she’s received her package I can share it with you.
I got the idea from Jennifer at Elephantz website where she talked about reusing a CD to make a needlecase. That’s where I got the idea of a needlecase and elaborated a bit to include a pincushion on top. Jennifer’s is a lovely embroidery as that’s her specialty.
I loved Dresden Plate patterns so I thought this would be a chance to put a dresden plate on a needlecase. The orange pinkeep is one I made using Jennifer’s method with old CDs. I didn’t like the larger size or the unforgiving stiffness of the CD so decided to go with Peltex, the stiff interfacing used for bowls, etc. The yellow pinkeep you’ll see further on is my second attempt, done a bit differently with the Peltex.
You need Peltex remnants cut into a circle the size you wish your needlecase to be. I just traced around the rim of a coffee cup to get my circle. You need six fabric circles. You need two Peltex inserts. You also need 2 circles of batting and fabrics of your choice. Add seam allowance to the fabrics only.
You probably have a Dresden Plate pattern. I traced my circle of Peltex onto paper, then folded it in half, then half again until the sections were the width I thought would work for the Dresden Plate top. I added the 1/4″ seam allowance all around and laid my pattern piece on the fabrics, cutting the same number as I had sections on my folded paper circle, eight for my smaller yellow Dresden Daz-y, twelve for the larger on the CD.
Then I stitched the sections, the “petals”, just like you do all Dresden plate sections, folding the long side together and stitching across the end. Clip the point.
Turn them right sides out and press carefully, making sure you have the piece centered so you get a nice even point.
Stitch the eight petals together, making the “plate”.
Set that aside. Lay a circle of fabric over the circle of Peltex and press the edges in. Do this with two circles of Peltex. Hint: There is a fusible Peltex, one-sided or two-sided that helps to keep those edges in place. Lay each circle over a circle and press the edges in toward the center. You have six circles, two can be fused to the Peltex if you are using that.
Fold two of the circles in half and lay on top of the two circles you have not used yet. Stitch around the raw edges about 1/8″. These will be pockets. I stitched down the center of one pocket, creating two smaller pockets for one side and left the second pocket full size. (This photo shows one I did with a contrasting trim. Press the edges over the batting to get the correct shape.
Place your circles together as your completed circle will look (see behind the sewing machine foot).
Stitch through the two layers almost all the way around, leaving about a 2″ opening. Don’t worry if your edges have little points where they were folded or are slightly uneven. A final zigzag around the edge when the piece is all together will cover those minor things.
You will need a connecting piece to attach the two circles together. Cut a 2″ by 3″ rectangle from matching fabric. With right sides together, stitch the long edges and turn right side out. Press and slip the rectangle into the opening you left in the circle. Continue stitching. The pocket is hard to see below but it is there.
Once you have both sides done, it is time to attach the Dresden Daz-y. Pin the Dreden Daz-y you made earlier to the top of the needlecase. Hand-stitch the D.Daz-y to the top of the needlecase with small stitches on the underside of each petal, leaving the petal end free as you can see below.
You could stitch it by machine onto the top fabric circle before you stitch the circle to the other batting/fabric circle. Hand-stitching as shown above leaves the flower looking like it’s just sitting atop the needlecase.
Once it’s stitched in place, fold the points up and keep that way with a bit of painter’s tape which will not leave any residue on your fabric.
Here you can see I did the stitching down before I sewed the top to the batting/fabric. Using your machine, stitch through the layers around the edge of the circle. Leave an opening for the other end of the rectangle connecting piece, insert it and keep stitching around the remaining unstitched area. Cut two circles slightly smaller than the original circles from felt or batting. If you fold your felt and cut out your circles, you can include a small “connector” between the circles. Attach the connector with a few stitches to the farbic connector.
Inside of needle case
Tie on ribble ties if desired. Now it is time to complete the pincushion. Using the opening in the Dresden Daz-y, stuff small amounts of stuffing into the flower causing it to plump up. Stuff as much as you feel it will comfortably hold and firmly enough that pins will stand up in the pincushion.
Cut a circle of brown/black felt large enough to cover the hole in the top of the Daz-y. Stitch it in place and add some beads if you like. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or ask in a comment. I try to reply to EVERY comment so I will read yours and reply.
The finished Dresden Daz-y Needlecase and Pincushion
Here’s the inspiration for this yellow Dresden Daz-y. The first one was orange because my Swap Partner likes orange.
These heliopsis are in full bloom in the front garden here at the park. They are towering over even the purple coneflowers at about 5 1/2 feet. They bloom about the second week in August each year and stay in bloom for close to two months. Butterflies love them, and I would only caution if you like these enough to grow them, they tend to take over so must be reined in constantly. If I hadn’t been pulling them out each season, they would cover the entire front garden by now. I drew a line in the sand if you will, of how far I was willing to let them spread and I pull out everything beyond that point. They are glorious in bloom and a sure eye-catcher!
Here’s wishing for more Summer-y days and that you will have a little piece of summer to carry you through the winter with these Dresden Daz-ies. Winners of the giveaway will be announced Tuesday morning. Emails will be sent to the two winners if the email address is available. Check back here if you don’t see an email from me in your box!
Happy Stitching! Marsha