Meet my new favorite accessory, which happens to be the only accessory I'm wearing these days (unless you call pieces of thread, yarn and tiny bits of fabric hanging all over my clothes "accessories").
While cleaning up the kitchen the other night (or rather avoiding cleaning up the kitchen), I spied a plastic screw top lid from a water bottle and the idea of a ring pincushion was born. I'm sure this is not a new idea - I've probably seen it somewhere on the Internet. In fact, after I made my prototype, I googled "ring pincushion" and found a variety of pincushions similar to mine, but none exactly the same. So I decided to go ahead and make a little tutorial for my version of the accessory that I cannot sew without.
DIY Ring Pincushion
Small scrap of material
Plastic bottle cap
Short piece of elastic
Needle and thread
Step 1: Cut a circle from a piece of fabric. I used the top of a pint glass for a template. The rim of a large coffee cup would work just as well.
Step 2: Make a smooth, rounded, dense ball of batting/stuffing and push it into a plastic bottle cap.
Step 3: Fold the edge of the fabric circle over about 1/8 of an inch and sew a running stitch all the way around the circle.
Step 4: Place the plastic bottle cap, stuffing face down, into the middle of the circle and pull the running stitch tight to enclose the cap in the fabric circle. Anchor with a few stitches and a knot.
Step 5: Cut a short piece of elastic, long enough to go around your finger and overlap by 1/2 inch (my elastic measured three inches). Form a circle, overlapping ends by 1/2 inch, and sew the ends together with a running stitch.
It's been a while since my last giveaway, so I've decided to make and give away two ring pincushions. Just leave a comment to enter and I will draw two winners next week on Wednesday, February 3. I have a few cute fabrics I'm anxious to cut into.