Monday, August 02, 2010

Giant Pincushion Sew Along Step 4: English Paper Piecing

Step 4: English Paper Piecing
 Construction 2 & Finishing

Take 2 neighboring hexagon 'sides' and holding right sides together,  whip stitch.

This shows on 'side' whip stitched.
Continue around the pincushion until all hexagon 'sides' are stitched together.
Here is how it should look, like a bowl.
*Note  the bowl is wrong side out at this point.*
Lay your second 6 point diamond on top of the 'bowl'.
Line up the points as shown.
Carefully rotate one of the 6 point diamonds to be right sides together with a hexagon.
Whip stitch as shown.
Continue in a clockwise direction, to stitch 6 point diamonds to the heaxgons.
You can remove papers as you completely stitch all sides of a paper.
Here you can see I stitched all sides but left one open for turning.
Also note, that the 2- 6-point diamonds do NOT touch each other. They are separated by the hexagons.
All the papers are removed here.

Turn right side out.
Stuff with polyfil and pin opening closed. Slip stitch opening closed.
 I used a Doll Makers' needle to sew my buttons to the center of the cushion.
A doll makers' needle is longer and stronger than a sewing needle. It can withstand the pressure of the thickness of the polyfil.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will try to respond as soon as possible!!


Wilma Lee said...

Yay!! I'm looking forward to finishing this. I'll be sure to show you how mine like. Thanks for doing this.

Anonymous said...

I finished my pincushion today and I really love it! Now I just have to figure out how to take better pictures. Thanks again~

Aunt Spicy said...

OMG!!!! Are you serious? THose are adorable, but paper piecing scares me! Maybe I will be brave and follow your instructions!

KaHolly said...

You are a genius! I love this. ~karen

KaHolly said...

Wow! That's one hunga-munga pincushion! But I truly love it. I wonder how it would work up a size or two smaller? Thanks for the great tutorial. Working with theses pieces gave me great quilt ideas, too. ~karen