It seems like nice fabric costs a fortune these days, doesn't it? I was inspired to create this project because I had a few fabric scraps left over after I was finished making a project using some expensive and beautiful sun-painted fabric. The scraps were too pretty to put in the trash, so I felt compelled to think of some creative thing to do with them.
It occurred to me that there could be quite a few different uses for this pretty little object. I have zillions of homeless pins hanging around my craft supply stash, so mine is going to become a pincushion. I think this pillow would also be a cute doll pillow; it's about the right size for Barbie or other 11.5" fashion dolls. With some adapting, and different color choices, you could also make it into a ring bearer's pillow.
- Fabric: You'll need a couple of small fabric scraps cut into identical rectangular shapes. It might be a challenge for you to find this exact fabric, but you could make your own if you like. If you'd like to try sun painting, you can learn how to do it at the Dharma Trading website. Otherwise, scraps of fabric you happen to have hanging around will work just fine.
- Beads: I used 6/0 seed beads in a pale green color. I used approximately 94 beads total, but you may need a different amount depending on your individual way of crocheting as well as the exact mix of supplies you use.
- Embroidery Floss or Crochet Thread: I used less than one 8 m skein of embroidery floss to crochet the edging on my pincushion. I used DMC floss color #890. Feel free to substitute colors or brands if you like.
- Crochet Hook: I used a size B / 1 - 2.25 mm crochet hook. Feel free to adjust as necessary; above all, you'll want to work with a hook that'll feel comfortable to you when you're crocheting this pattern.
- Stuffing: I used a polyester fiberfill for stuffing my sample pincushion, but there might be other stuffing material that would work just as well. Feel free to experiment if you have something else in mind.
- Tapestry Needle and Straight Pins
How to Make the Pincushion:
Cut a length of embroidery floss and pull out one ply to use for stitching. Pin your fabric scraps right sides together. Thread your tapestry needle with the floss and use it to stitch most of the way around the outside edge of the rectangle shape, leaving an opening to add the fiberfill.
Turn right side out. Stuff your pincushion and stitch the opening shut. Set the piece aside.
Beaded Edging Instructions:
Wind your remaining embroidery floss into a little ball. Thread your tapestry needle with the floss and then string your beads onto the embroidery floss.
Make a slip knot. [Slide a bead right up close to your crochet hook. Reach around the bead and grab the floss with your hook; pull it through your active loop to create a chain stitch with a bead trapped inside.] Repeat the sequence in brackets until your piece is long enough to go all the way around your pincushion. End off.
Using another single ply of the embroidery floss, stitch the beaded edging in place around the outside edge of the pincushion. When you are finished, you can weave the ends in a bit and then hide them inside the pincushion. You can accomplish this by threading the ends onto your tapestry needle and then after doing your weaving, you can insert the needle into the center of the pincushion. Be careful not to lose it! Once it's in the pincushion, wiggle it a little so the ends of the embroidery floss work loose, then make sure to get the needle back out.
Next comes the other fun part: stick all your pins in the pincushion and use it to your heart's content! Happy stitching.
Reference and Recommendation:
The Beaded Edge is an inspiring crochet pattern book filled with patterns for gorgeous beaded trims and edgings. If you'd like to delve into more beaded crochet edgings, all of which are fancier and more intricate than this one, I think you'll really enjoy this book. It's one of my favorites.