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.
And this one as well,
and I even found a butterfly shape.
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.
I glued the wadding to one side of each of the mounting shapes using a tacky glue.
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.)
I found it helped to slightly gather this before inserting the mounting shape.
I then inserted the mounding shape, pulled up the gathering thread and secured the fabric in place.
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.
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.
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.
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.