Sunday, 23 March 2014

DIY Felt Doughnut Pin Cushion

diy doughnut pin cushion

After a couple of DIY post-free Sunday's I'm back today with another simple project. Recently, with starting my first quilt, I've been trying to sew a lot more and wanted to make a fun pin cushion to use - the plastic box of pins falling onto the floor and flying all over the place was the decider that it was time!

Although my recent attempt at baking gluten free doughnuts didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped (any recipe ideas please let me know!) I still liked the idea of creating a novelty doughnut pin cushion so that's what I did! Here's the step-by-step...

diy donut pin cushion

You will need: one sheet of beige or brown felt, one sheet of pink felt, sewing machine, a pencil or erasable pen, scissors, pins, coloured threads, a needle, and a compass/circular things to draw around!

diy donut pin cushion

1. Decide on the size of your pin cushion and find something to draw around - in my version the outer circle measured approximately 4" and the inside 1.5" but in hindsight I realised the inside circle should have been a little smaller. So, for the next few I made I altered it to around 1" (as shown in the final photograph below)

I used a Pilot FriXion pen to draw onto the felt (as recommended by my pal Skye) which works really well as it disappears with one swipe of the iron!

diy donut pin cushion

diy donut pin cushion

2. Cut three of the doughnut shapes - two pieces in the beige felt and one in pink

3. To create the icing splodge cut into the pink circle with a design that looks something like the one above & lay on top of one of your beige pieces

diy donut pin cushion

4. Now its time to start sewing! Using a pink thread carefully stitch the 'icing' onto the doughnut. My advice would be to not rush this step as it can be tricky to sew around that crazy icing shape!

diy donut pin cushion

5. I hand stitched on some 'sprinkles' at this point however you could also do this before sewing the layers together if you wanted to. I also swiped over the whole top with the iron at this point, just to remove the pen marks before assembling the final doughnut

diy donut pin cushion

diy donut pin cushion

6. Pin all of the layers together and sew around the edges leaving a small gap on the outer edge for stuffing

7. Carefully stuff the donut - use something like a knitting needle to help push it around the doughnut shape and make sure it is as even as possible

8. Hand stitch shut the small opening, trim off any excess felt around the edges if necessary and your pin cushion is done!

diy doughnut pin cushion

As always I'd love to hear from you if you try out this or any other project from my DIY Archives - use the hashtag #eelisediys to share your photos with me!
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