I made this pin cushion caddy that I have been just dying to make for a while. I just finished my quilt and I finished piecing the top of another quilt. I wanted a project that I could whip in a day or so. I feel the need for a sense of completion sometimes. Quilts are process oriented. I thought this was the perfect time to do that pin cushion caddy. Thanks for the excuse, Iron Crafters as it was perfectly aligned with one of my favorite movies.
I had borrowed Seams To Me by Ann Marie Horner. I thought I wrote down the instructions for the caddy but I did not. I happened to find them online here though. I also saw this at Texas Freckles which is what actually re-inspired me to make it. I followed none of anyone's directions. (I am like that- I hate following directions, the written kind). Matter of fact I made my own pattern piece. Was it a good idea? Well, yes and no. It came out well but not like I wanted it to. I want to make it again using Horner's pattern etc, along with Texas Freckles adaptations. We'll see if I actually do that.
My theme was Somewhere Over The Rainbow from the movie Wizard of Oz which is one of my all time favorite movies. I guess it was nominated in 1940 but never actually won.
A bit of warning if you end up making this caddy: It's a lot of hand sewing which personally I don't mind sometimes. The only part you sew on a machine are the side pieces.
Here is what I did:
I cut out my pieces, I had to readjust one time because they came out sort of like a nose.
I sewed them together to make the full circle. I folded the top down a quarter inch and pressed it.
I used some stiff interfacing I had and made a sandwich with my lining for the caddy and some muslin. I then sewed the top of my pretty circle to the muslin,lining and interfacng sandwich.
I stuffed from the bottom and sewed it shut at the base. I then put two circles in, one at the bottom inside and then one at the bottom outside, using that stiff interfacing. Done. After many pin pokes, done.
I set a can of Mamacita's Hominy in the basket to straighten out the form a bit. That helped immensely. (It must have been 'cause it was Mamacita- women have a way of fixing things).