This is a great tutorial for beginners or if you simply fancy a quick sewing project. It can be whipped up in 30 minutes!
Supplies and tools needed:
Fabric (as big as you want your pin cushion)
Lavender (I used about 3 tablespoons for a 9cm squared cushion)
Toy stuffing/fabric or yarn scraps/cotton wool
Needle and thread – either in a contrasting or matching colour to your fabric
1. Cut out two square pieces of fabric the same size, allowing a 1cm seam allowance. The square can be as small or large as you would like your pin cushion to be. I cut a 10cm square, which included a 1cm seam allowance.
2. Pin both squares together, right sides facing.
3. Sew around 3 sides using either a zig-zag stitch or an overlocker machine to join the fabrics. Cut off any excess, being careful not to cut to close to your stitches. If you’re using an overlocker, then you won’t need to cut any excess off. The photo below shows what it looks like using an overlocker.
4. Sew along the remaining top edge using either a zig-zag or straight stitch, leaving a gap in the middle, so that you can turn your pin cushion the right side out.
5. Turn your pin cushion the right side out by gently pulling the fabric through the gap in the top edge.
6. Carefully push your corners out using a pair of scissors. Be careful not to push too much otherwise you’ll get a hole in the corner.
7. Iron your pin cushion and fill it with as much lavender as you like. I used approximately 3 tablespoons for a 9cm square pin cushion but left enough space for some toy stuffing.
8. Stuff the cushion with either wadding/toy stuffing, left over fabric cuttings or cotton wool or even the ends of some yarn.
9. Slip stitch the gap using a needle and thread. I used a green thread to match the fabric. You could use a contrasting thread and carry on around the entire cushion, making the stitch a lovely feature.
Ta-da! Your cushion is finished!
Now give it a good sniff because it sure does smell lovely and pop those pins in ready for your next sewing project!
As an alternative, you could stuff the entire cushion with lavender and pop it under your pillow at night to help you drift off into a relaxing sleep or you could pop it in your sock draw to keep everything smelling lovely! Another easy feature would be to pop a ribbon on and hang it up in your wardrobe to give your clothes a fresh, eau de lavender scent!