Fabric Cupcake Pincushion Tutorial

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Fabric Cupcake Pincushion Tutorial
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A fabric pincushion is a project you can complete if you want to add style to your sewing kit. The pincushion will help you keep all of your pins in a safe place. Using coloured pins will add a sprinkle look to the top of your pincushion. You can add rick rack, appliques or beads to make your cupcake look more stylish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Craft knife
  • Standard size cupcake liner
  • Two standard size pencils
  • Tape
  • Small ramekin or bowl about 4 inches in diameter
  • Plain paper
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Two coordinating fabrics
  • Seed beads in coordinating colours
  • Needle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cardboard
  • Loose batting
  • Rickrack
  • Flower applique

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a craft knife to cut the bottom out of a standard cupcake liner. Cut the accordion liner so that it can lie flat; it will form a half circle.

  2. 2

    Tape two standard size pencils together to create a one-quarter inch seam allowance tool.

  3. 3

    Trace the cupcake liner bottom, half circle and an upside-down ramekin or bowl onto a plain piece of paper using your seam allowance tool. Cut the template out of the paper using scissors.

  4. 4

    Pin the bottom template and the half circle onto the same colour fabric. Pin the ramekin template onto a coordinating piece of fabric; this will be the frosting of the cupcake.

  5. 5

    Pin the bottom template and the half circle onto the same colour fabric. Pin the ramekin template onto a coordinating piece of fabric; this will be the frosting of the cupcake. Cut out the fabric pieces with scissors.

  6. 6

    Sew seed beads to the right side of the frosting piece to create sprinkles. Do this by threading a needle through the back of the frosting piece. Thread a seed bead onto the needle, and then run the needle through the top of the frosting piece. Repeat the process to sprinkle the whole cupcake top. Avoid the edges to prevent breaking the seed beads when you attach it to the bottom of the cupcake.

  7. 7

    Fold the half-circle right sides together; sew a one-quarter-inch seam allowance one-eighth of the way up the seam. Skip the middle of the seam and continue sewing the remaining one-eighth of the seam. This will create an opening for stuffing the cupcake.

  8. 8

    Make small cuts 1/4 inch long around the smaller opening of the circle. Pin the bottom piece to the smaller opening of the circle, right sides facing. Sew around the bottom of the cupcake using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

  9. 9

    Pin the top of the cupcake to the larger opening of the circle, right sides facing. Sew the top of the cupcake to the bottom using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the cupcake right side out.

  10. 10

    Trace the bottom of the cupcake liner onto a piece of cardboard to place at the bottom of the pincushion to help it sit flat. Cut the cardboard out.

  11. 11

    Bend the cardboard piece and fit it through the stuffing opening. Tightly stuff the cupcake with loose batting.

  12. 12

    Hand sew the stuffing opening closed with coordinating thread.

  13. 13

    Use a thread that closely matches the rickrack you choose. Tie a knot at the end of the thread; insert it into the cupcake at the seam where the top and bottom pieces meet. Fold the end of the rickrack over to conceal the frayed end, push the needle back out of the cupcake and thread it through the fold of the rickrack, and hand sew the rickrack around the cupcake covering the seam. Fold the end of the rickrack over and sew it to the cupcake where the other end of the rickrack is.

  14. 14

    Attach a fabric flower applique to the area where the rickrack meets to cover the seam.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure no stuffing gets under the cardboard bottom.

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