Folded Star Pincushions
The above pincushions are chiefly hand sewn, but are far from difficult. It's great for using up scraps and/or fat quarters. You will need:
- 12 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles, 4 of center color, 8 of secondary color, and 8 of the third (outside edge) color
- 1 cotton base fabric, 8" square, preferably the same or close to the fabric chosen for the center star
- 1 lining fabric of a neutral color, 8" square
- 1 backing fabric, same as the fabric chosen for the front (third color) outside edge
- 2 coordinating buttons
- Coordinating threads
- 8 1/2" length of rick rack, ribbon or cording for loop
The orange batik (top 4 rectangles in the photo) will create the center star, therefore the 8" square that acts as the base to which all pieces are stitched, needs to be either the same fabric or pretty close. Although you will be stitching the pieces right beside each other, the background will show a little.
Placing the first of the 4 folded triangles in the lower corner of your base fabric, begin by pulling your needle through the center, catching the point of the triangle in your first stitch. Progress your stitches evenly down one edge of the triangle's fold, ensuring that the edge continues to run alongside the fold of your base fabric. Always begin at the center, each time you sew a 'side,' despite the fact that it will be tempting to just drag your thread across. For my right handed friends, you'll probably want to start at the lower left hand corner and stitch toward the left.
Continue to stitch into place each of the 3 remaining center triangles, to form a square. For the 2nd layer, pin each of the first 4 triangles so that their center folds align with the seams you just made with the first round. They should each be 3/4" from the center point. Do measure! I promise - eyeballing it is only going to make you kick yourself later when it's crooked; which reminds me to recommend that you now scroll up to the top of this page and look at the center photo. See the lower pink/green pincushion? Go ahead and study it...it's why I now measure instead of eyeballing it with this project :)
For layer 3, the triangles begin atop the four you just placed. Now - here's where I deviate from the original pattern. I place them 1 3/8" from the center, instead of the recommended 1 1/2" from the center. Otherwise, I tend to wind up fighting to get the ends of the second layer tucked beneath this layer.