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Elements & Principles of Design Projects

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Click the link below for the string art tutorial:
String Art Tutorial

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Click the link below for the melted crayon tutorial:
Melted Crayon Tutorial

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Hand Stitched Pin Cushion

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Do you need a new pincushion? Maybe a quick gift? Maybe you have a bit of fabric left over from your last project?

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Gather your scraps and sketch your design- I find graph paper really helpful but scratch paper works too!

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Make sure you include seam allowances (1/4″) when measuring and cutting your pieces:

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With right sides together, mark your seam allowances and stitch your pieces together:

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When you have the front of your pincushion done:

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Pin the front to the back, right sides together:

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Stitch all the way around, leaving an opening in the center of one side:

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Carefully turn right side out through the small opening, fill with stuffing and stitch closed. You can add height by folding each corner and stitching them down:

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Binder Cover

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Materials Needed:

Fabric

Thread

3-ring binder

Sewing tools

 

Instructions:

Open your binder and measure the width and height.

Add 12 inches to the width and 2 inches to the height. Write these measurements down.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric with these measurements. (Mine were 34″ X 13 5/8″)

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Next, pin the two pieces of fabric right sides together.

Using a 5/8″ seam allowance, stitch around the edge, leaving a 4″ opening on one short side. (Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end)

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Trim the corners, but be careful not to cut your stitching lines.

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Turn it right side out through your 4″ opening.

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Press carefully.

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Hand stitch the opening closed.

Place your open binder on your cover, centered, and fold each end in.

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Pin the top and bottom edges. Fold the binder closed to make sure the cover is not too tight.  Adjust as necessary.

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Remove the binder.

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Stitch very close to the top and bottom edges. Make sure to back stitch.

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Insert your binder:

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This would be a great project to add personalization like embroidery or other embellishment!