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!

1 comment:

Drora's minimundo said...

How sweet! I love your pincushion. Thank you for the tutorial and the inspiration.
Hugs, Drora