This weekend at the West Virginia Quilt Festival Teacher’s Medley, one of the classes I taught was on wool applique pin cushions.
You start by drawing your pin cushion design on the paper side of freezer paper (not the wax side). The design is your own personal preference. Cut the design out of the freezer paper; iron the wax side of the freezer paper to the wool fabric (or any fabric) you’re using.
Now you have to determine what kind of back ground fabric to adhere the cut out design. Use a glue stick to adhere the design to the main fabric piece. Now stitch it down with wool thread or dmc floss – a primitive or blanket stitch (if you cut out a wool design); if you’re using cotton then use needle turn applique.
Then assemble the front and back right sides together stitch by machine around all four sides leaving a small opening on one side; turn the cushion right side out; fill with crushed walnuts or sand; whip stitch the opening closed.
Enjoy the examples below…
A few wool sun flowers to brighten any sewing room.
A few more beautiful wool creations.
Here are some of the themed versions done in cotton – Just in time for summer, no less.
A great little American Flag with embellished stars.
A summer bloom (notice the buttons?!).
A sweet treat with a yummy watermelon – decked out with beads.
These are wonderful little gifts and can even be converted to cool paper weights if filled rice!