Get ready! This is one of my favorite little projects I have EVER done! As you may have noticed in my other posts, I have a small little classic tomato as a pin cushion. That doesn’t fit my personality! So I decided to make another and like always, personalize it!
It didn’t take me much time to realize there was a character out there that I have always wanted to stick a pin in…maybe you would agree with me when I say that Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter would make a GREAT pin cushion! Honestly, no other book has ever made me as mad as Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. Every time Dolores Umbridge made her small girly cough, “hem, hem” I really wanted to punch her. I know violence isn’t the answer, but she is a fictional character…if you are not a fan, you might want to join me in making this Dolores Umbridge pin cushion featuring the Stitch of the Week: fly stitch!
You ready? Material Time!
Various Embroidery thread
White Muslin Fabric or cotton fabric of choice
Thin Batting-I chose Warm and Natural-they are just my favorite
Fabric for the back of your Pin Cushion
Filling for your pin cushion
First, transfer your pattern. I decided to just tape my pattern to a sunny window, tape my white fabric over it and use a super sharp pencil to trace it. I did not want to loose any details like I normally do with my tracing paper method.
Please notice, I did not trace the hard line, only the dotted line. That is the seam allowance and where we will eventually cut out our shape.
Place the batting behind your pattern and hoop it. Stitch the way you want.
It is not marked, but fill in Dolores’ top with the fly stitch in a random pattern. It is so fun!
Cut along the dotted lines. I used a rotary blade and a straight edge to make sure it was really straight. Pick a back fabric, and cut it to the same size. I chose this pink from my stash…
Next, sew right sides together, leaving a small opening on one side to stuff.
I spent a long time debating and researching what to stuff my pin cushion with. I wanted it to be weighted but I also did not want to spend any extra money…haha I know I am cheap! So I found these rocks outside and put them in first, then I put the polyfill type stuffing in until it was as fat as I wanted it to be:)
I pinned the open end together, and whipstitched it to close.
and then, wha-la! You have an effective and entertaining pin cushion!
I am not into voodoo, but I have to admit, this was really fun to put pins in! Take that, Umbridge!I hope you enjoy this little project as much as I have! Is there another character out there that would make a great pincushion?