Sewing definitely seems to be making a come-back at the moment, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to bring you this handy sewing tool DIY. Design Team member Magdalena has definitely stepped things up in regards to the humble pin cushion – transforming the functional but sometimes boring sewing aid into this little delight. You won’t want to hide this one in the sewing cupboard!
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Leaves
1 x Dailylike Fabric Sticker – Alley
Embroidery thread in various colours
Hobby fill (stuffing)
Felt (A6 piece for base of pin cushion)
Print and cut out the template pieces.
Pin your template pieces to your chosen fabrics and cut them out. The base of the pincushion is to be cut from felt.
Place the hair fabric piece onto the face fabric piece, pin in place and stitch around the hairline using a sewing machine or by hand-sewing.
Use the facial feature markings on the template as a guide to embroider onto your fabric face using embroidery thread to backstitch and long stitch. Cut two small circles from the fabric sticker and attach to the face to create rosy cheeks, or you can embroider some cheeks on instead.
Lay your body piece over the bottom of the neck, pin in place and stitch around the collar leaving the raw cut edge of the doll’s clothes visible. Repeat with back of head and body.
Sandwich your front and back doll pieces (head and body stitched together) with right sides facing each other. Pin and stitch around the edges leaving the bottom edge unstitched.
Snip all around the edges being careful not to cut through any stitched lines. Turn right side out and use hobby fill to stuff the head and neck.
Hand-stitch a running stitch around the outside of the circle and gently pull the thread to gather the circle into a dome shape. Insert some stuffing and pull the dome shape closed. Repeat with second circle to create two buns for your doll’s hair
Use a ladder stitch to attach the buns to each side of the dolls head making sure placement of buns is symmetrical. Add some hair ties by wrapping some embroidery thread (in a contrasting colour) around the base of the buns.
Insert more stuffing through the base of the doll’s body and hand stitch the felt piece onto the bottom of the fabric body using ladder stitch. Before closing the gap, insert some rice between the stuffing and felt to give the bottom of the pincushion some weight and stop it from tumbling over.
Stick your pins into the buns and create a “necklace” by inserting pins around the dress collar
This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Magdalena Franco of The Craft Revival.