Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tutorial :: Batman Wrist Pin Cushion

So I was watching an old episode of Project Runway the other day, and I saw a designer wearing a really BIG houndstooth wrist pin cushion.  Immediately, I knew I needed one.  The funny thing is, I had never really used wrist pin cushions until recently when my friend gifted me some of her grandmother's sewing stuff.  In the lot was a wrist pin cushion.  It's quickly become one of my favorite/must have sewing tools.  

I was originally going to make myself a houndstooth wrist pincushion.  After googleing wrist pin cushions, I was inspired by this Batman wrist pin cushion, and this one.  I was like, "duh, why not make a Batman wrist pin cushion?"  And so I did.  

I adore the way it came out!  And guess what?  I wrote a tutorial on how to make it! Now you can make your very own Batman wrist pin cushion so you too can be a super hero while sewing. 

You'll need:
Black Felt
Yellow Felt
A Measuring Tape
Chalk Pencil
A plastic coffee can lid
Polyester Fiber Fill
A glue gun
Oval Stencil
Batman Stencil
Sewing Machine (or you can hand sew it)
** Learn how to make stencils HERE**

First you'll need to trace around the oval stencil.  I left about a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Cut 2 ovals.
Now measure around the outside edge of the oval. 
 Add one inch to the above measurement, and make the width of the strip 2 inches.  Cut this strip out.  This will be the outside edge of the cushion.  (My felt was too short to cut one continuous strip, so I divided my measurement in two and cut two strips.)
Trace one of the felt ovals onto the coffee lid.  Cut.
Trace the Batman symbol onto the black felt.  Cut it out.
Measure your wrist.  Add two inches to the circumference measurement, and make the width 2 inches.  Cut two of these.  This will be your wrist cuff.  
Pin the Batman symbol to one of the ovals, and stitch it down.
Pin the two wrist cuff pieces together, and edge stitch them together.  
Stitch Velcro to the wrist cuff as pictured above. 
Pin the non-Batman symbol oval to the outside edge piece. Stitch.
Pin the Batman symbol oval to the piece you just stitched, leaving an opening large enough to slip the plastic oval into the cushion.  Stitch.  Turn the cushion right side out.  

Slip the plastic oval into the cushion.  You may have to trim it down a bit to get it to fit properly inside.
Now stuff the cushion! Make sure it's firm.
Slip stitch the opening closed.  
Use a hot glue gun to glue the pin cushion to the wrist cuff.  And ta da! You're done! 

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