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.

Clip on glasses case tutorial

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I recently upgraded my glasses and the case they came with doesn’t fit in my small bag so I made a case for them I can take with me and clip on my bag or my iPad carry case. This is a quick project that needed a bit of creative thinking but I’m quite pleased with the results.

Materials

  • 5 x 5 in charm squares
    • 3 for the body
    • 1 for the tabs
    • 1 for the top border
  • 4 inch shrapnel purse frame
  • 2 hair clips
  • velcro
  • batting scraps: 2 pieces of 6 in x 4 1/2 in
  • fabric scraps for the lining: 2 pieces of 6 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in

Take 3 charm squares and cut them in half and in half again to obtain 4 x 2 1/2 inch squares  per square.

Cut another charm square in half. Then place all the pieces as per picture below.   Stitch.

Cut the batting and pin to the patchwork as per picture. Notice the fold on the top border. Fold in and pin.

Now quilt any way you like. Stitch along the seam on the top border.

Fold the top by 1 inch.

Stitch along the seam leaving 1/4 inch allowance.

 

Do the same with both sides.

Now place both pieces right sides together and sew together from one edge to the batting to the other. Clip the corners.

Now let’s make the tabs. Cut a charm square in half.

Fold in half and stitch along two sides leaving the other narrow side open to turn inside out.

Turn inside out and then fold the opening in and stitch along the seam. Do two tabs in this way.

Now attach a small piece of velcro to each end as per picture.

Place on one of the slipcase sides. Ignore how both pieces are stitched on one side. I made a mistake. We’ll stitch the bag later.

When well centred pin the tab.

Now stitch from the middle of the tab all around.

The tabs are added.

Now make a small incision to insert the hair pin. Make sure the incision is in the right location as both ends of the velcro  need to reach to form a closure.

Insert the pin.

Now fold over the tab to cover the hair pin.

Do the same for both tabs.

Place both panels with right sides facing together and stitch all around from the top border seam on one side to the other.

To add the lining, cut both pieces.

Then stitch around 3 sides and clip corners as per picture.

Turn the lining inside out and the exterior inside out as well and place the exterior inside the lining as per picture, wrong sides together.

Fold in the lining and pin.

Slip stitch around the top.

I thought of adding a bit of embroidery along the top, just for fun. But I don’t recommended. My glasses get stuck on the thread all the time.

Now insert the purse frame.

Insert the little metal tube and clip both ends of the frame.

The glasses case is finished.

Clip your case to your bag’s strap. This is how I have been wearing the glasses case.

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!