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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wrist Pincushion Tutorial and Give-away

I have listened to all your suggestions about how to make Green Kitchen a more fun and exciting crafty place to be, and I have decided that more tutorials = a better craft blog (good for you). Also, more tutorials = a boost to my viewership and technorati rankings at the same time (good for me). And, to make this post even more fun, it's also a GIVEAWAY, which makes this a win-win-win situation. The only rules are: first, that you need to leave me a comment telling me that you have linked to this tutorial, and, second, that you actually link to the tutorial. If you only have a Flickr account and no blog, you can add a link there. No blog? Maybe now is the time to start one up. I'll be choosing a winner in about a week. I'll announce the final deadline time soon. Now, don't you want the cutest, Little Red Riding Hood pincushion ever? Go ahead, link a mother up.




Embroidered Ribbon (a piece about 2 x 10 inches)
Embroidery Floss (in a complementary color)
Cardboard (I used a piece from an old seam binding package)
1/2 Inch Elastic (long enough to go around your wrist, plus a couple inches)
Stuffing (I used polyfil, but I'm sure wool would be great.)
Heavy Duty Thread (for attaching the elastic to the pincushion, I used Coats & Clark's button thread)

Step 1: Choose your ribbon. It needs to be at least a couple inches wide.

Step 2: Using pinking shears, cut the ribbon to size — about ten inches long.

Step 3: Fold the ribbon over on the back side. You'll want a bigger, stuffing end and a shorter, flap closure end.

Step 4: Prepare your thread. I used two strands of embroidery floss.

Step 5: Starting at the bottom corner of the bigger end, put the needle from the inside to the outside of one of the corners. This is the beginning of the blanket stitch.

Step 6: Blanket stitch along the long end. Working from front to back, put the needle through both layers of ribbon starting about 1/8 inch away from the corner, while making sure to keep the end of the thread behind the needle. Pull thread tight, but not so tight that it starts to bunch up the ribbon. If you need more instruction: Alice at futuregirl has a nice blanket stitch tutorial here.

Step 7: Continue to blanket stitch, keeping stitches 1/8 inch apart, up the one side to where the doubled up ribbon ends. Tie off and cut, leaving enough thread to tuck in later.

Step 8: Do the same on the other side. Tie off thread, again leaving enough to tuck in later.

Step 9: To make sure you don't poke pins through the pincushion and into your wrist, you'll need to make some wrist protection. Cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit inside the sewn ribbon, making sure the flap still has enough room to have its end turned in and sewn close.

Step 10: Cut radiused corners on the cardboard, so it doesn't poke through the ribbon.

Step 11: With the cardboard inside the ribbon, start stuffing the pincushion. The cardboard should be on the bottom side of the pincushion, the stuffing on the top side.

Step 12: Fold over the ribbon making sure there is enough to hem and overlap. If there isn't enough, you can trim the cardboard. The red lines show how the closing stitches are going to be worked.

Step 13: Starting at the top corner, work a blanket stitch down toward the closure, stopping before the end of the ribbon to make room for the finished edge.

Step 14: After folding in the ribbon end, continue the blanket stitch to the end.

Step 15: Before working across the flap, it helps to put in a pin to hold the ribbon from pulling away.

Step 16: Because it's a little easier, and won't be seen, whip stitch across to the other side. Leave the thread attached. Now, make sure the stuffing is as you want. You might need to rearrange it and add a couple pinches. If you need more instruction: Alice at Futuregirl also has a nice whip stitch tutorial here.

Step 17: Finish up the seam by blanket stitching to the end. Tie off thread and work in the end by poking the needle back through the pincushion, pulling the thread tight, and cutting the thread.
Step 18: Measure your elastic. Wrap the elastic around your wrist, making sure there is an overlap of an inch or two. Mark where the overlap ends.

Step 19: Using a strong thread, like button thread, blanket or whip stitch the elastic together along the edges. Try on for size. You want it tight enough so it doesn't slip around, but loose enough to be comfortable.

Step 20: Hiding the thread knot and end between the elastic and the pincushion, whip stitch the elastic onto the pincushion.

Step 21: Try on the finished pincushion and make slight adjustments for comfort by carefully bending the cardboard to fit the wrist.

Enjoy! And, don't forget to sign up for the give-away.

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Anonymous Christy said...

I am loving this idea! I have some lovely vintage embriodered trim, sitting in my sewing desk drawer...aching to be used for something! Now I know What!!!YAY!~!
and the giveaway, well that is just gravy! I added the link to my blog so please add me to the gravy bowl, will you please!

Sun Aug 24, 10:16:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous melissa said...

Love the ribbon you've used. Please count me in! I've written about your blog and the giveaway on my blog at

Crossing my fingers for luck!

Sun Aug 24, 10:43:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The Mommy said...

What a great idea! I've posted a link back on my giveaways page on my blog. This is a fun tutorial, and although I hate stitching by hand, it doesn't look that difficult and I think I could actually make this!

Mon Aug 25, 06:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger suesueb said...

this is really a cute pincushion and a nice, clear tutorial! check out my blog link about it.

Mon Aug 25, 06:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Handmade Parade said...

that ribbon is fabulous!


Mon Aug 25, 08:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Regina said...

Excellent tutorial Ms. M. I love that ribbon and the cardboard protection is simply brilliant.

Mon Aug 25, 09:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Blaize said...

The fabric is munchy munchy awesome. And the tutorial is excellent.

Mon Aug 25, 12:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Blaize said...

Oh, and looky looky! I did a thing:

Mon Aug 25, 01:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Meadowlark Days said...

I'm new to your blog. The pin cushion is adorable and the giveaway sounds like fun. Am linking to my blog now...

Mon Aug 25, 01:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Simply Stork said...

oh how I do love the material(ribbon) you nice :o)

looks like I'm not the only one :o)


Mon Aug 25, 03:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jessica said...

I love this. I just started long arm quilting and its either wear a tool belt to hold my tomato or make this wrist pincushion---I think I'm making the pincushion!

Mon Aug 25, 05:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger jen b said...

can i just say you are brilliant! so great!

Mon Aug 25, 09:24:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bronwyn said...

Fabulous tute - that ribbon is super good! All linked at my end!

Mon Aug 25, 11:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Nathalie Brault said...

Hi love your tut, clear as water and count me in. I posted about it on my blog at
Thanks for the chance to win this lovely wrist pincushion.

Tue Aug 26, 05:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Jill said...

I love the ribbon you used too! You can count me in! :)

Tue Aug 26, 07:44:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Claudia said...

I loved the ribbon you choose. Your tutorial and giveaway is at my "Links' Tuesday" post.

Tue Aug 26, 07:47:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Ginger said...

This is so cute- I'm posting a link at my new blog :)

Tue Aug 26, 08:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Harpa J said...

Great ribbon and a very clear tutorial.

Tue Aug 26, 09:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger said...

WOW, what a well done tutorial! I am totally linking to this. Not to mention adding you so I don't miss a thing!

Tue Aug 26, 11:48:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Alexis said...

I wrote a post about your tutorial--I hope I win it, but if I don't, I'll make one!

Tue Aug 26, 05:15:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous heather said...

What a great idea. I linked your tutorial on my blog and I also added your blog to my "daily dose of inspiration" list. I'm over at

I might not be much help in the viewership department because I'm a new blogger and don't have many readers myself. But every little bit helps and I read your blog everyday and love it.

Tue Aug 26, 07:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I just posted my link to your tutorial! :)

Tue Aug 26, 07:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Lachesis Looms said...

I have been loving your red riding hood ribbon since you first posted about it...I linked!

Wed Aug 27, 07:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Leah said...

i love this! i just posted this tutorial/giveaway on my blog. yeah.

enter me please. and thank you.

Wed Aug 27, 09:17:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Nancy said...

this tutorial is AWESOME!

i have a wee post backlog at the old blog, so I don't deserve to be entered in the giveaway with all the quick posters. but I *will* be both making this and posting about it soonest- will e-mail you when I do!

Wed Aug 27, 06:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Ali said...

wow! I've just found your blog - so many lovely things!
thanks for this great tutorial - I have some braid that will work perfectly I think!
I will post about your fab blog on mine:
Count me in to your comp!
Ali :)

Thu Aug 28, 01:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Knitsonya said...

You have hands down achieved that craft serendipity of perfect pairing of material with object. The ribbon was amazing to start with, you've only heightened it's beauty.

Fri Aug 29, 07:17:00 PM PDT  
OpenID encircling said...

such a great idea! thanks for the detailed tutorial.

Sat Aug 30, 09:48:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Patty said...

I really think I could make this. Thanks for the tutorial! I've linked to it on my blog.

Sat Aug 30, 09:55:00 AM PDT  
OpenID bittycakes said...

Great tutorial!! I'm linkin' you up in my sidebar.

Can't wait to try this. Gotta get some cool ribbon.

Sat Aug 30, 02:04:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Miss Paula said...

Oh I would love to be a part of this great give a way!

Sat Aug 30, 02:36:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Carol said...

I'm linking!!!
I need ribbon like that or I may perish.

Sat Aug 30, 04:38:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Great tutorial Michelle! That ribbon is adorable and it's a perfect way to use that little bit of ribbon that you can't bear to part with :) Include me in the giveaway please!

Sat Aug 30, 08:50:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Michelle said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I love the way you've used ribbon - I'm sure so many have small pieces of vintage wide ribbon that we just don't know else to do with!

Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

Sun Aug 31, 12:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Llyn M said...

Count me in as well!!! The pincushion is to die for cute! I have linked to the tutorial and 'told' all of my friends!!!

Sun Aug 31, 07:24:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Crystal said...

I love that ribbon. I will link to you, but am I too late, doesn't really matter. Thanks for the tutorial!

Sun Aug 31, 03:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jenaveve said...

Ooh ooh ooh! Count me in please - I do love this idea. There's something in the colours of that ribbon I find really appealing.

I just added a link from my blog to this tute:

Sun Aug 31, 08:41:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Treasuresofjoy said...

I linked it too!!!

Mon Sep 01, 05:49:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous carol said...

What a great idea; thanks for the tutorial

Tue Sep 02, 02:17:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous calamitykim said...

sweet! now if I could just find some of that red riding hood ribbon! dang!

Wed Sep 03, 09:08:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Laura said...

thanks for the tutorial. I have been wanting to make something similar and this has spured me to do it.

Wed Sep 10, 12:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger MicheLLe said...

cute! I'd love to win!

Thu Sep 18, 11:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Craftybear said...


I just found your blog today and linking your tutorial to my blog.
Great tutoral!

Tue Nov 18, 04:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Craftybear said...


Also the link to my blog is

Tue Nov 18, 04:31:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, unfortunately, I just found this tute! Well, fortunately, too, cause I am going to make it RIGHT away! I just love it! Your instructions and photos are so perfect and so easy to understand! Thank you so much! Paula

Fri Jan 09, 05:13:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Barb said...

Great pincushion tutorial! Thank you! I'm a very new blog. Don't have much posted yet, but I'm hoping that will change soon. ;D I posted a link to you on my site.

Sun Mar 15, 11:15:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Lynniemay said...

Simple and sweet!

Fri Nov 06, 05:45:00 PM PST  
Anonymous heritage patchwork said...

Unique and nice idea here...I quite like it and am going to try my hands over it.

Mon Nov 16, 10:25:00 AM PST  

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