My hand-y pincushion (with pattern and tute)
This is my hand-y pincushion. When I am sewing at the machine, I am focused, and just don't want to take the time to poke pins into tiny pincushions. I made this pincushion larger so it is easy to just jab or grab and keep sewing!
I used a very soft lightweight faux suede, but really you could use any fabric of your liking (if you are into something a bit creepy, using a flesh-colour fabric for the hand, and a blood red fabric for the bottom "open" end would be fun). You can download the PDF pattern file here: http://www.mediafire.com/?eja2jmmhmmf
Trace the pattern onto freezer paper and iron onto your fabric. Cut 2 of the hand and one of the end piece. Make sure right sides are facing, and it is time to sew!
Sew all around hand leaving bottom open. Sew end piece to half of wrist area leaving it open, and turn right sides out. Sew a line down from either side of the middle finger so that each of the 3 fingers is defined (do not do this before turning!).
Stuff hand firmly with polyfil, using screwdriver or pen to get stuffing into the fingers and thumb.Ladder-stitch the end piece closed.You now have a hand pincushion that you can leave plain or decorate as you choose!