Ever heard of Biscornu pincushions before?
“a small, 8 sided ornamental pincushion”
I didn’t until I got this email from Designs by Sick
and it was for a bundle of files for these biscornu pincushions.
I had seen one or two done before but after googling how to do it, I jumped on it and bought the files!
This is my favorite!
So here’s how I did it all on the sewing machine
(of course embroidering the squares on the embroidery machine first.
After TOP and bottom is embroidered, I cut out 1/4” from the outer edge
These are 4 1/2”
Then I marked the middle point on the front of ONE piece on all 4 sides and the same on the back of the other piece
For machine sewing, I cut a tiny slit on that mark on both pieces so they are easy to turn.
Now here’s the “tricky” part, you are really sewing them together with one on top of the other but the top piece turned 45 degrees.
So the corner of the top should line up with the line mark on the middle of the bottom piece!
Pin to the next corner, then because I cut a small slit, it’s easy to turn around the corner and keep pinning to the next corner
Pin 7 out of 8 sides, so there’s an opening for stuffing!
Now carefully sew 1/4” all the way around
and turn inside out
Now I stuff my pin cushions with crushed walnut shells, look on amazon for lizard bedding! a whole big bag is less than $10 I think, so that will be enough for a lifetime of pin cushions! (well maybe NOT for me HA HA)
After stuffing it, I threaded a sewing needle and whip stitched it closed
Here’s the pin cushion all closed.
Now it’s time to pick a button for the middle, that’s what makes it REALLY special and into more of an 8 pointed shape.
I started by double threading a long needle and double knotting the end and added the knot to the TOP so the button hides the knot!
Then went thru to the other end, being careful to end up in the middle and back and forth a few times (at least two times)
The second time I went thru the back I left a loop there, so when I sewed thru the button holes again and back down, I would wind the needle on the loop twice or three times and pull it tight!
Maybe even knot it one more time and sew thru the pin cushion to the front again but ending up somewhere next to the button, then cut the thread close to the pin cushion and the little piece of thread is hidden inside the pin cushion!
VOILA! here it is.
probably my 2nd favorite design.
#3 (also 3rd favorite I think)
and #4 (here I did it all in 1 color instead of 4 colors as the file suggested)
Lastly was this pink flower, the bottom I used for the top and visa versa, as the large button would cover it up anyways.
and all 5 together!
and a biscornu tower!!
Now I have two pin cushions to send out for my pincushion swap in September and October.
Carol, do you like any of these? which one do you want?
and Karyn for October, do you like any of these?
Or you two can make a special request!??
and if you both like the same one, I’ll just make another one