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Quilt No 3 - block 4

Recyling project for April

I have known for ages what I wanted to do for my April project, a pinwheel pin holder.   But could I find a pattern?  No.  I spent days searching the web, but to no avail.  I did find lots of images of antique pinwheel pin holders mostly from sale houses.

 

Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 11.25.36 amI like this silk one.

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And this one as well,

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and I even found a butterfly shape.

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But no instructions anywhere.  Result, I made my own.  I'm not sure if this is how others make this but this is my version.  (you will find a downloadable PDF at the bottom of this post.)

So what do you need?

  • An old piece of embroidery to cut up.
  • A backing fabric for the reverse side.
  • Soft, light weight wadding
  • Waste card  packaging (post card from book packaging is great)
  • Tacky glue.
  • Needle and thread.

I cut my cardboard into a 1 X 4" circle, cutting on the outer side of the line  as a template to cut the embroidery and reverse side fabric.  I added an iron on interfacing to stablise the embroidery.

  2 X 3.5" circle cutting on the inner side of the tracing line for the mounting shape.

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I glued the wadding to one side of each of the mounting shapes using a tacky glue.

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Using a fine needle and a length of poly-cotton thread I ran a line of small gathering stitching around the edge of the embroidery and the reverse side fabric, starting with a firm knot.  (A small stitch gives a much more even gathering line.)

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I found it helped to slightly gather this before inserting the mounting shape.

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I then inserted the mounding shape, pulled up the gathering thread and secured the fabric in place.

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Placing the inner sides of the circles together  I stitched the two shapes together.  I used a double poly-cotton thread, this is stronger and will not break under pressure.  I also used a fine needle that had a slight flex so that I could sew, using a ladder stitch to pull the two sides together.

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I sewed 3 or 4 stitches loosely, just below the edge of the cardboard  and then pulled the thread tight.  When I came back to the beginning of the circle I secured that thread.

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Next I decorated the edge of the pinwheel with pins.  These are great for berry pins or any long pin that has a fancy top.

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These are a great way to use embroidery from damaged pieces.  My piece was full of holes and parts of the design had come undone.  Now it will have another life as a sale item at the Queensland Embroiderers' Guild sale table.  Also, there is now a set of written instructions.

Download Pinwheel pin holder

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Queenie Patch

This is a great idea. Even long pins can sit securely and will never be buried inside like they sometimes will in a pincushion.
Beautiful finish.

Carolyn Foley

Old idea re-visited. Thanks.


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Rachel

That's delightful!

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