Monday, April 6, 2009

Unique Gifts

How about a little something different today. Want to make a pincushion? Do you have any scraps laying around? How about some pretty fun fabric?

Quilting stores offer charm packets for sale. The package usually contain 5" squares of a collection of a fabric line. I enjoy picking up some of these and trying to come up with different ways to use the mini collections. I belong to a group on Ravelry that swaps pincushions. After checking out my secret partners collection I thought she needed something totally different. Something pieced with pretty fabric. Maybe even a monogram.

I got busy cutting strips. I cut strips in different widths. I wanted the finished piece to look like a pieced quilt but I wanted the process to be easy. I cut 1", 1 1/2" and 2" strips.

Start sewing the strips and mix up the widths. After you have your desired Width finished cut on last large strip about 2 1/2" X 5" to finish off you piece. For my project I made 2 sets of strips.

Sew your 2 sets together. Looks pretty good.

The possibilities are almost endless. This would also make a great scrap quilt block.

If you are able add a monogram for that extra special touch. Then you cut your piece to your desired finished shape.

Here is the first one. I love how it turned out. It's unique and sweet.

I made a few others for some quilting friends that have birthdays coming up. If you are looking for a special gift for a friend that sews give this a try.
Thank you for stopping by!


WhiteStone said...

What lovely monograms! Your machine does such a nice job!

Grace said...

oh how beautiful I bet they would sell very easily!

Juri said...

I agree with Grace....absolutely beautiful! You are so talented!


Wool Winder said...

The monogram makes is extra special!

Quiltersal said...

O, my gosh...those are just too cute. I never thought of using charm squares for pincushions...will have to try a couple of those once I'm done with sock competitions! thanks for sharing!

Tea said...

I really love this post! Those fabric squares are just beautiful, and your pincushions are adorable. I'm sure your swap partner would love one those. Thank you for sharing your method for making them. :)

Debra said...

Your work is amazing! You could sell these-they are very pretty.
My sewing machine is very jealous!
Love, Debra

Renna said...

Thank you for the tutorial, Barbara! That looks like something I can do. :-) My mom's embroidery sewing machine is on loan to me. I just have to figure out how to use it.