Anyone who has been following me over on Instagram will notice that I have been participating in a few sew along’s lately (#patchworkusasewalong and currently the #sunnystockingsal). I’ve just finished another sew along, the #teenytinypinnieparade hosted by Cheri @tinkerellen. I stumbled across this sew along after I was mindlessly scrolling through insta looking at all the amazing inspiration In my feed . I instantly knew i’d jump on board because I actually don’t have many pincushions (I think I need to change that), the challenge of “teeny tiny” sounded like a lot of fun and those of you who know me know I never back down from a challenge. So here’s a little post to wrap up my makes from this sew along and share with you some new patterns!
My first pinnie for this sew along was a little Dresden print that I added stitching to. I saw the print when I was fussy cutting other Tasha Noel fabric from my stash for another project and knew it would make one super cute teeny tiny pinnie. So I stitched over the little stitches already present around the Dresden and added a little heart to the middle for something a little extra sweet. I added some cotton tape when stitching it up for some extra fun and it finished in at just 1.5” square. A perfect little teeny tiny size to keep in my EPP (English paper piecing) kit.
My next pinnie was a little strawberry finishing in at 2” long by about 1.5” wide. This pinnie was made by taking Sedef Imer’s strawberry pincushion pattern and shrinking it down. This is a free pattern over at Sedef’s blog, Down Grapevine Lane. I suggest you head on over and download the pattern and make yourself some strawberries too. They are ooh soo sweet and adorable!
My third pinnie for the parade was a noughts and crosses pinnie (hearts and crosses). The inspiration for this one started with the gingham itself, reminding me of a tiny grid, I then got to thinking about the simplicity of childhood, like the joys of playing noughts and crosses with a friend. I then took this idea and added a bit of girly charm . Some appliqué hearts for the noughts and some embroidered crosses with aurifloss thread. I finished it off with a little yellow striped tag and used linen for the backing. I love how linen contrasts with bright colours, making them pop even more. This pinnie finished up at about 2.5” square and I’ve even drafted up a free pattern and tutorial which you can find over under the tutorial section of the blog so you can make your own as well. I’d really love to see some more stitched up.
My last make for the parade was a tiny apple core pincushion. the inspiration for this one came about when I was sorting through some sewing supplies and stumbled across my apple core EPP templates. I used raw edge aplique to add details to the apple core and a piece of braided trim to make a stem. This one finished at just 3” including the leaf and stem by 1.5” wide. It was a super fiddley make but I pulled it off and it was so worth it in the end. I’m now working on a pattern for a much larger, easier to make version which will be coming soon! So stay tuned!
Happy sewing, Kellie X.