Tiny foundation piecing pincushions with free template

I am not very experienced with foundation piecing but last time I made some foundation piecing blocks I quite enjoyed the process and discovered a handful of its benefits, one of them being that your blocks look perfect or almost. With that in mind I thought that foundation piecing would also be a good way to make rather small blocks with little fuss and have them look really good.

Having finished my Farmer’s wife quilt sampler recently I thought I would just reduce some nice blocks to about 5 inches square and try them out. So I went to the Yahoo! FWQS group where you can get all the foundation piecing templates for this quilt under Files, got the template for Windmill and Waste not, reduced them to about 5 inch squares and put them into a page for you to download.

For this project you need small fabric scraps big enough to cover each individual piece and have at least 1/4 in around each of them, including the outer edges. For the pincushion use polyfill or batting scraps.

Foundation piecing

I made a foundation piecing tutorial a while ago but I will go through the process again.

Cut your template leaving 1/4 inch around the edges.

Then fold along the printed lines. Use a piece of plastic or thin cardboard to help you.

Now cut the pieces. To waste as little fabric as possible measure each piece on the largest sides as well as the length. You will end up with squares or rectangles. Sometimes like in this case you can cut a square and then use it in both triangles. My squares, pink and orange, were around 3 1/2 inches square. Then I cut both squares on the diagonal.

The process is always the same. Start with your piece number 1.

Place it on the wrong side making sure that you have 1/4 inch seam allowance all around.

Pin the piece.

Now trim the piece. To do that, fold along the line you pressed earlier and then cut leaving 1/4 inch allowance.

Now the stitching starts between piece 1 and 2.

Align both pieces, right sides together, and pin together and to the paper.

Turn paper around and stitch between piece 1 and 2 along the line.

Time to trim piece 2.

Turn over and fold the paper between piece 2 and 3.

Trim leaving 1/4 inch allowance.

Add piece 3 aligning your piece with the previous trimmed piece.

And so on. The process is the same. Trim, add next piece, align, stitch, trim, and so on.

You place on the back of the paper and stitch following the lines on the front.

Once you have both pieces, stitch them together using a 1/4 inch allowance.

And there you have it, a 5 inch block.

Press well.

Pincushion

After making the block what to do with it. I always do something with my samples, be a potholder, a pincushion, even a quilt! At 5 inch square I chose a pincushion design I can donate for a good cause or give as a gift.

Cut the back of the pincushion using the block.

Stitch around all sides leaving a 1 inch opening to turn inside out.

Trim the corners.

Fill the pincushion with polyfill or some batting scraps.

Close the opening using a ladder stitch.

There you have it!

This is the second block on the pattern sheet.

Hexy coin purse tutorial

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A couple of tutorials back I made a very simple coin purse. This time the coin purse is a bit more involved but it’s still an easy purse to make.

Materials

  • Scrap fabric for hexies and lining
  • 2 1/2 inch round purse frame
  • Matching stranded cotton to stitch frame to purse

Downloads

Instructions

Print hexies pattern and cut 57 shapes. Now, if you’ve never made a hexagon before check out my Scrappy flower hexagon quilt for instructions on how to make them.

Keep the papers in until you finish stitching the hexagons in the required purse shape.

Print the purse pattern and place over the hexies to make sure it is big enough. If your hexies are printed accurately there shouldn’t be any problem. In any case, adjust the size of the purse if necessary.

Place the pattern over the back of the hexies pieces.

And draw around.

Trim excess fabric off.

Now cut the lining pieces. Fold the lining in half to cut both pieces at the same time.

Cut the fusible interfacing in the same way.

Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the purse exterior.

Now make two markings where the purse hinges end.

Place both pieces right sides facing together and pin.

Do the same with the lining pieces.

Pin and stitch from marking to marking.

Now stitch marking to marking the exterior.

Time to trim off excess fabric and pinking the curved sides. Trim to about 1/8 inches from the edge.

Do the same with the lining but this time leave a 1 1/2 inch gap on the bottom to turn the purse inside out.

Turn exterior around.

Now let’s stitch exterior and interior together.

Place the exterior inside the lining as per picture.

Align the lining and exterior curves well.

Stitch around the curve on both sides and trim off excess fabric and make some cuts as you did before.

Turn purse  inside out through the opening in the lining.

Stitch the bottom of the lining.

The purse is done.

Now attach the frame with matching stranded cotton.

The hexie coin purse is done!

 

 

Pink and brown coin purse tutorial

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This tutorial is for a 3 1/2 in purse frame. If your frame is a different size you can adjust the pattern to suit your frame.

The pattern is very simple to draw. Decide how high you want your purse to be.

Then place the frame over a piece of paper and draw around the top of the frame and then down the sides to your desired height to form a rectangle. Add half an inch to the height as the boxing of the purse will take about 1/2 in off the height.

Trace the bottom line. You will have a rectangle.

Now just add a 1 inch gusset to each side and trace a line. Your pattern is drawn.

If you need more details you can use the instructions for Paillette evening bag which is the tutorial I followed to make my coin purse.

Materials

  • one 3 1/5 in rectangle purse frame
  • fabric scraps for the lining and the outside
  • fusible interfacing
  • embellishments

Instructions

Download Pink and brown coin purse pattern (pdf), print and cut out.

Now place the frame over the pattern.

Draw a line on each side to mark the hinge of the frame as per picture.

Lining

Now fold your fabric and draw the pattern on the fabric. Pin.

Cut around the pattern.

Make a 2 inch mark on the bottom edge. This will be open when the lining is stitched so that the purse can be turned inside out.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge as per picture.

Stitch around the lining from the hinge mark to the opening mark on each side.

Exterior

The outside is one single piece.

Place the pattern on the fabric fold as per picture.

Cut around top and sides of the pattern.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly smaller than the exterior and iron it to the wrong side of the fabric.

Embellishments

Take a piece of ribbon and pin through it at large intervals to make a gathering.

Pull and make a flower with it.

Make a small stitch where the edges meet.

Cut a piece of ribbon and stitch it to the outside just below the hinge mark.

Fold with right sides facing together.

And stitch on both sides up to the hinge mark as per picture.

To box the bottom of the purse, open the corner as per picture and make a mark at 1 inch.

Stitch along the mark.

Now you can box the lining as well in the same way.

The lining and exterior bags are done.

Turn the outside piece inside out. Leave the lining as is.

Place the outside piece inside the lining as per picture.

Pin well all around the top opening.

Stitch at 1/8 in from the edge.

Turn the bag inside out through the  lining opening.

Pin along the opening in the lining and stitch.

Attach the flower.

Add the buttons.

Stitch the frame to the purse with some matching stranded cotton.