I needed to come up with a couple of special IG swap gifts this month, and chose these super cute thread catcher & pincushion sets, 2 to give away and 1 for me!
The sheep/pinwheel pincushions are 6″ blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book and I used her fabric line, Vintage Happy for both. Here are a few more photos of her cuteness. This book is wonderful and filled with fun, fun sewing projects!! If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, her tag is @beelori1. She has weekly sew-alongs and free tutorials on her blog, such fun, and I check her out everyday to see what’s new!
The half Dresden pincushions are from a Dresden pattern I found on Pinterest that I sized down into 4″ x 7″ pincushions. Fabrics are Bonnie & Camille’s Scrumptious.
Here is a little tutorial on how I made them.
Dresden Pincushion Tutorial
- 10 Mini Charm squares or 2″ x 2.5″ scraps
- 4″-5″ scrap of fabric for Dresden center
- 4.5″ x 7.5″ background fabric
- 5″ x 8″ backing fabric
- 5″ x 8″ batting
- 5″ scrap of paper-backed fusible web for appliqué
- EZ Quilting Easy Dresden Ruler (JoAnn’s or Amazon)
Creating the Dresden Blades
- Easy Dresden Ruler.
- From each mini charm, cut 10 blades with the Dresden ruler, 2.5″ in length.
- To make blade points, fold each blade in half lengthwise, RST and sew along top edge (1/4″ seam). Clip the folded corner close to seam to get a good point.
- Turn, and use your dresden turning tool or knitting needle to get a good point (be careful not to poke thru seam). Press blade, make sure to keep seam line in the center of the blade.
Assemble Half Dresden
- Lay out your 10 blades in the order you prefer.
- Sew together the 10 blades along the long edges. Start at the top of the blade and backstitch a couple of stitches to hold the seam.
- Press blade seams open or to one side.
- Using a 3-1/2″ bowl or cup, draw a circle on the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out your circle, leaving around 1/4″ on both sides of the line. Fuse web to the wrong side of your Dresden center fabric, then cut on drawn line. Cut the circle in half.
Finish the Block
- Center and pin the completed Dresden blades to your background fabric, leave at least a 3/8″ seam allowance on top and sides.
- Straight stitch along the top edge of the blades, close as possible to the edge.
- Remove paper and fuse half circle to center of blades circle. Stitch around the edge with a blanket stitch.
- Make a quilt sandwich of your pincushion’s top and bottom blocks, and quilt. I did straight line quilting, using my walking foot’s edge as a width guide.
Complete the Pincushion
To finish, place top and bottom blocks RST, and sew around the edge with scant 1/4″ seam. Leave a 2.5″ opening on one side for turning. Clip corners and turn. Fill with crushed walnuts, flax seeds, or filling of your choice and hand stitch opening closed. Pure sweetness!
Thread Catcher Baskets
If you love these thread catcher baskets, I purchased the pattern from Curry Bungalow on Etsy here. I changed the pattern slightly by piecing my fabric strips to the size of the basket fabric dimensions, and quilted. And because the baskets are fairly firm from the quilting and batting, I did not need to use any interfacing.
So that wraps up this post, hope you enjoyed it! Let me know if you have any questions about the pincushion tutorial and the thread catchers. If you are on Instagram, hook up with me at @hummingbirdthread.
Thanks for stopping by and happy, happy sewing!!
The Hummingbird Thread