Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Guest Post- Rebecca from Ms.Stitcher

Today's guest blogger is Rebecca from Ms. Stitcher. She's a relatively new blogger, who posts up some very lovely crafts! I hope you enjoy her post.
-Carla



Fabulous Felt and Easy Peasy Pincushion

Hi, I am absolutely thrilled to be writing a guest post for Tiny Angry Crafter! I've been following for a while and when I saw the request for a guest blogger I jumped at the chance. I'm MsStitcher, from www.msstitcher.blogspot.com and have been blogging for about nine months now, about all sorts of different crafts that I do, and am learning to do.
So after emailing Carla a little bit, I thought that a good subject would be one of my favourite fabrics, which is felt.
The reason I love felt so much is because it is really easy to work with. So to demonstrate this I have made a tutorial for this cute little pincushion.


This is so easy to make, that it would be a really great beginner project. Also this is my first tutorial, so any feedback would be very welcome and I hope you find it useful and easy to follow.

Make a Pincushion in half an hour

You will need:
  • Scraps of felt, in a few different colours.
  • Scissors
  • Thread. (This will be seen, so choose a colour to match your felt)
  • A needle.
  • A small amount of stuffing, depending on how big you want your pincushion.
What to do:
  • Cut out two circles(1&2) from felt, the size that you want your pincushion to be. If you have templates then you could use them, or maybe draw around a mug or something. I cut my felt into squares the size I wanted and then rounded off the edges
  • Using different coloured felt, cut out a smaller circle(3), and then another one a little bit smaller than the last(4).
  • Using running stitch, stitch the smallest circle(4) onto the the medium circle(3) and then stitch that onto one of the bigger circles(1)or(2)
  • Tie a knot in some thread and begin stitching the two large circles(1)&(2) together about 5mm from the edges. Leave a gap big enough to be able to stuff, but do not tie off the thread yet. (I kept the needle threaded and pinned it onto the felt so that it wouldn't get in the way)
  • Stuff the pincushion
  • Gently pull the thread taut, to give a nice ruffled edge and finish stitching up the edge. An easy way to finish off on a piece like this is to tie a knot as close to the fabric as possible and then push the needle into the item, and out a little way off, making sure you hear the "pop" as the knot goes through. Then you can cut the thread as close as possible to the fabric knowing that it is secure. This then leaves no visible knots or loose ends.
This is quite a simple project, but obviously can be personalized in any way that you want to. Instead of doing smaller circles, you could do other shapes. Or you could add some beads or even a small embroidery on to the top if you wanted.

Thank You for reading, and Thank You to Carla for having me.

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