Sunday, October 16, 2016

Annie's Pincushion!

Hello Everybody!
How have you all been? I hope you are all

I bet you think that I forgot about you, but that
is not so. Sometimes it takes me a while to put
something together. Sometimes what I have
planned does not always look right or go
together, so I scrap it and move on. That
generally takes me on hunts.

This is the last of my half- doll pincushions that I
will make for a while. I have more half-dolls that
need pincushions, but my aim here was to
show you how I make and put these pincushions
together. Believe me anyone can do this.
Do not worry about ever washing these pincushions,
because there is no way to do so unless you take
them apart and remake them. When you purchase
an old one from the net because it has not been
washed in about 50 years or longer, then it is
time to renew the pincushion and update it all
to your liking!
However some of them are vintage and are so
sweet that perhaps you just want a vintage one
sitting around. Nothing is wrong with that folks!
Just spray some Febreeze on it if it smells!
I love vintage also!!

After this listing, next month I was going to post
little patterns on different sizes of the cushions.
But there is not any need for that. If you read here
about the strips, (further down), then you will see
that you can
make the strips as wide or as tall as you want.
I will post pincushion patterns for these
half-dolls that are unusual. I love unusual and
different as they show character to the pieces.

By now, everyone that enjoys making these
pincushions know how easy they are. The
directions for Annie's Pincushion is simple,
and some of it you can refer back to the other
Pincushion directions, if you do not understand.


Annie's Pincushion will be sent to her by the end
of this week. It must go to England!
She turned out lovely - don't you think so!
The height of Annie is 7 to almost 7.5 inches tall.
Front of Annie!

Back of Annie!

This is the fabrics that I had planned for Annie. All
of these fabrics blended so well with her blouse.
These worked up so nicely. I only had problem with
the fabric on the left. It was so stiff and stood out
like a pumpkin. As you can see, I did not use it!
I scrapped that idea and opted for a lovely stiff
lace to go around the bottom of the dress and the
same lace to go around the waist.
The inside of the fabric was a lovely Barbie gown
that I used because I could not find anything that
matched the way that I liked.
The other 2 surrounding fabrics were brand new.

I started out with 4 pieces of the solid green fabric.
Each of the 4 strips measured a little over 2.5 inches
wide X 7 inches tall to accommodate the seams.
If you want this fatter or wider, then merely adjust
the strips by cutting them taller or wider.

Next, sew them by the machine for
strength into a tube! Try not to make
your seams too big as this will cut
down on the size of the pincushion
that you are trying to make.

This is by far my most favorite of making these
pincushions! I love to turn down a hem to the
inside on the bottom and top.
As you can see, just turn under a small piece of
the top and hand sew it all around. I use quilting
threads with small quilting needles. To give the
thread even more strength, double it up.

After you sew it all around, gather it up tightly and
knot it off. You want a small hole.

Take some cardboard and a template of some kind.
I use a lid here that measures almost 3 inches around.
I am using cereal boxes, so I cut out 2 pieces of
this cardboard and glue together for strength.
Let dry for a couple of hours before proceeding on.

I have inserted the cardboard inside of the tube.

This is a big zip-lock bag full of cotton stuffing.
I use cotton batting for all of the pincushions.
It is better for the needles. I cut it up and put
it into the bags and use it when I need it.
This is easier for me. The bag is generally
really stuffed with the cotton batting, even
though you cannot tell it!!

Like I have said many times, stuff your pincushions
really hard. Things settle over time.

Once you have finished stuffing, turn under a small
piece of the fabric and hand sew all around the edge.
Knot it off and gather it tightly,

She is finished. Only thing to do now is to even
out the pincushion with my hands by pushing and
moving the cotton stuffing around.

Here is the top.

I will not go into attaching the half-doll onto
the pincushion again, as by now you probably
know how to do it. If not just take a look back at
the other pincushions.
Annie is now attached!

Also I did not add any directions here on the
skirt, cause the other dolls show how to do so.
Annie before anything is added to her skirt!

A picture underneath Annie's skirt!

I only had a little bit of the lace for this doll's
gown. I hand sewed it on. When doing this, do
not cut off any lace, wait until you finish sewing
it on before you cut off any excess.

Sewing around!

Almost finished sewing!! When you come to the
end always leave about an inch of the lace before
cutting off the excess so that you can turn under
the raw edge. Afterwards I folded in the sides
of that raw edge and hand stitched down
the length of the lace to the bottom edge so that the
lace did not just stick up.

The pincushion dolls always need something
around their waist to finish them off.

 I was lucky to have just enough of the lace to
gather up and affix around her waist. I then took
a long length of lovely ribbon and tied around
her waist tightly. Then I tied it into a lovely bow. 

It is evident that the dress needed something more!

It took me a while to find something that had a lining
attached to it.
I ended up using a child's slip that I think was vintage!
Hey, I remember wearing them!
Anyway the slip was 2 pieces, an overskirt with
an underskirt. This was perfect!!

So, I cut off a piece of the skirt. Cut off bigger
so it gathers. A good rule of thumb as to how much
or how wide to cut off of an existing skirt is, that
you need a good width for fabrics that are thin.
Cut off at least 12 inches wide and measure the
height of the pincushion and add about an 1.5 inch
for the top. Turn down a hem to the inside and in
my case here, you must try to keep the overskirt
bottom lace edge even with the underskirt hem as
good as you can. It is slippery!
Pin it or keep it even as you go with your fingers
and hand stitch down as you go keep adjusting
it as you stitch around.
Again I always use quilting thread and a quilting
needle. Always double the thread when gathering
for strength.
Be sure to leave a long piece of thread when you
finish sewing the hem down. Cut it off and then
knot it.

Put the skirt on over the pincushion and draw up
the threads tightly and knot it tightly about 3 times.
Then cut off the threads leaving a half inch tail
behind. Then take your fingers and lightly smash
in the gathers around the doll and under her if
possible. Always refer back to the previous directions
for the half-doll pincushions as each one tells
you new tips that I have learned along the way.

A view of the top of the slip.

Annie is all finished!!!

 A peek of her 2 slips or underskirts!

The back of Annie!!
Thank you for visiting me!

Friday, May 6, 2016


Hello Everyone!
Sure hope you all are well. Gee, time
flies quickly when you are busy.
I did not realize that it had been that
I know it only seems that I am going
to make these pincushions forever, but
I assure you that I won't be. I have
other things planned to show you once
these are finished. I have one more
pincushion with tutorial after this one
and she also has a different pincushion
Anyway this Pincushion is easy to make.
If you have been following the tutorials
on how to make these darling pincushions
then you can see how easy they are to
Here is another TUTORIAL, but this one is
done a little differently.
Be sure to read directions first before attempting
to make. I cannot give you cloth amounts because
I love to recycle anything that is lovely!
This is the 5th Half-doll Pincushion that I have
made. I try to make each pincushion a little
different for you.
I have not named this Pincushion because it will
go to Lynda. It will be her right to name her!
Front View
A close-up!
Back view!
Close up of the back.
Here is the cute little half doll that I was able to
get for $5.00 a while back. Isn't she sweet!
She is little. Lynda loves blue!
I have cleaned her already for this project. If
you have not done so, clean your doll before
you start. Also as you can see, there are not
any holes on this doll, so you must use a piece
of dowel. I will get into this further down!
Here is the back of her. All clean!
I am not giving you a tutorial on how to make
this because I believe that there are already many
tutorials on how to make this on the internet. Just
type in 'how to make a round tomato pincushion'.
If you have never made one before, you will see
how super easy it is. It is also very quick to make!
I have used terry cloth to make this one with. I
have sectioned it off with blue floss in 8 equal
parts! For this project it is okay if the floss does
not line up in the middle because we are going to
make a hole there.
I bought a dowel that fit the inside of the
half-doll really good. You do not want a dowel
that is skinny. Make sure that the dowel fits the
opening really nice and is as snug as you can get.
This is what I have done here. Just fitting the
dowel to her. Carefully insert one end of the
dowel into her body and go all the way up as far
as you can go with the dowel. Mark it below
with a pen as I have shown here.
As you can see I marked
a little bit beyond the doll.
This is okay.
I had a photo to go before this one, but it was too
blurry to use.
So, as you can see one end of the dowel that goes
inside of the doll has been whittled away to a
point. Try the dowel back into her cavity and see
if it fits okay, and also recheck your measurement
to see if all is okay.
For my pincushion this is the length of the dowel
that I will be using. You might be using the same
size, that is up to you and the pincushion that you
(sorry another photo was too blurry to use).
I did snip the terry cloth so I could insert the dowel
in the middle. Be careful and do not snip the floss.
You must take out some of your stuffing but not
much. This dowel must go all the way to the bottom
of the tomato pincushion. So twist the dowel so you
can flatten some of the fiberfill, use some pressure
or force to wedge it down in there. It must stand
straight up.
Once you have done that, the line that you drew
on the dowel will be and should be close to the
The bottom of the dowel should rest on the inside
of the terry cloth and not go thru to the other
side. If your dowel is too long and sticks up
to high, then you must trim it off, but keep
checking to make sure that it is good before
you cut any of the dowel off.
Mine was just right!
The bottom of the doll
should rest on the pincushion.
As you can see I have not finished shoving it in.
Now, once you are satisfied with the placement
of the dowel, you can remove it.
I have taken the dowel out of the pincushion,
to show you the hole. If it is bigger than your
dowel then you better add some fiberfill, cause the
hole should be the size of the dowel only.
If everything looks good, then you can proceed on.
Next, butter up the side of the dowel that goes into
the doll. You do not have to put the glue on the tip
because chances are it will not reach or touch the
inside of the doll head. It might not go past the neck
of your doll.
Insert the dowel into the doll and make sure that
it does not lean or wobble. It must stand straight.
Place it away somewhere to dry where it will
not get hit and let it dry.
I let mine dry for 2 days before I went back
to it, cause I was busy.
Before you do this next step, make sure that all
is well by inserting it back into the tomato
pincushion. If it fits good then proceed.
Now, you can butter up with lots of glue on the
remainder of the dowel that is to be shoved into
the tomato pincushion.
Here is the hole again.
Place the dowel down into the pincushion. See
how far she goes down. The bottom of the doll
should rest on the pincushion.
I have taken 2 rubber bands and anchored it to the
doll on each side.
Make sure she stays straight up!
See how I did this. See, mine is standing straight!
Let her dry for 3 or 4 days just to be sure before
you take off the rubber bands and proceed any
The half-doll is thoroughly dry and ready to be
From here on, you know how to dress the doll
from the other tutorials.
Dress her just like the others, a slip if you want
one and then your dress. And then perhaps an
over dress.
I fell in love with this little shabby chic cotton skirt.
The colors were perfect for the little doll. So this
is what I am using. There is a little bit of crochet
around the bottom edge. There are not stains or
tears on this skirt. I wash it very well with Tide and
Clorox 2.
As you can see, I have made the dress and put it
on the doll already. Isn't she pretty!!
See her lace slip underneath!
I glued a little blue flower rose to the bottom of
the pincushion. It does not hinder in any way of
the doll standing upright. Just a little finishing touch
here on the bottom.
I decided to put an overskirt on top of the shabby
blue skirt. This is cotton lace and I could not
resist using it. This lace came from a lace shirt
that I owned. I used
the back of the shirt so I would have enough. I just
cut it to size and gathered it around her just as
I did the slip and the blue skirt.
Lastly, I cut a long piece of voile ribbon and tied
it into a bow in the back and cut the ends into a V.
Isn't this lace beautiful!!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial for this pincushion!