Friday, January 6, 2012

purse pincushion update

I apologize for leaving you waiting on the purse pin cushion. I'll give you a short story of where the pattern came from:
my friend made me the brown one and also gave me the pattern.
I asked here where she got the pattern and she said it was free with a class she took. It was just directions on one sheet of paper. so it's really not a pattern that is for sale but since it is not my pattern and I can't give proper credit I won't be posting the actually pattern, just some details of how I made it .
I used freezer paper to draw the purse flap then I iron it to my fabric and cut it out. You will cut 2 flaps and sew right sides together then turn it inside out. When doing mini projects like this I change my stitch to a "2" rather then a "2.5" 

Then you will make a diamond shaped octagon. (So a really skinny octagon) 
cut it out and fold it in half to perfect it (so it's the same on all corners)

then sew the purse flap to the top.
now fold your fabric in half and sew (the purse flap is inside)
then you will sew both corners (like you would the box bag)
and then turn it inside out.

Now attach your button or cute gem.

then fill your pin cushion. I find it easier to make a filter that way the sand does not get all over the place.

It's called desert blend from PetCO, to be exact.

Then string your beads using really thin wire.
I'm not much of a beader so I don't know what professionals use but i just put masking tape at one end.
Attaching this to the purse is quite tricky but I used a glue gun to seal it up. unfortunately I don't have pictures because when you are working with a hot glue gun it dries fast so there was no time to pick up the camera in between....

I always make sure to attach my "made with love" charm.  but I glue the inside where the flap comes over then I glue each side of the bead strap then I glue the flap down where the button is. and you are good to go!
It really only takes about 20-30 minutes and its a great way to use up some scraps.
And they are great for gift giving because of course it is made with love!
Thanks so much for looking!

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  1. I love this!!! It is so cute... I've never seen one look like a purse.. love it! I have a project party every weekend if you want to join here..
    Have a great day!

  2. This is very cute. Pinned this one and may try one day.

  3. Adorable! That would make a great gift for a sewing friend.

  4. What a super idea! They are gorgeous.

  5. I loved your first post and really appreciate your update for these adorable pincushions! I tried drawing but when sewn, mine did not exactly work. Could you please give the measurements for the sides of your "skinny octagon? Also, when you sew the bottom to make the boxy corners, do you sew all the way to where the sides start up? Thanks so much!

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