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This variation of the Sweet Secrets Sachet Book is filled with polyester stuff- ing instead of lavender and serves as a pincushion. Store your sewing tips and notes on the inside and your pins and needles on the outside.

Finished size
51?4" x 41?2" x 11?4"

Posted by Roost Books Published See Roost Books's 15 projects » © 2019 Erin Zamrzla / Roost Books · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 1
    Step 1

    Trim your papers to size with a metal ruler and craft knife. Make sure that the grain of the papers and chip board is parallel to the
    height.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold each text weight page in half
    right to left. Burnish. In the traditional Japanese style, the folded edges will serve as the fore edges and the open edges will be bound in to the spine.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 3
    Step 3

    Align the pages and clip them at the
    fore edge (folded edges) with a bulldog clip. Place a small scrap of paper between the clip and the pages to prevent the clip from damaging the pages.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut a piece of scrap paper to the
    inside page size to serve as a hole punch template. Mark a line 1?2" from the spine edge. Mark two holes along this line, evenly distributed between the edges of the page.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use the template to punch holes through the pages at the spine. Create a hole that will accommodate the thickness of the ribbon.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 6
    Step 6

    Trim the fabric to size.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold each 11" x 5" piece of fabric in
    half, right side out. Press with a hot iron.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using a sewing machine, stitch along
    the folded edge of the top cover piece, 3?4" in from the fold. This pocket will hold a piece of chip board.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 9
    Step 9

    Slide the small 3?4" x 4" piece of chip board into the pocket you just created. Center from top to bottom.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 10
    Step 10

    Pin one 10" piece of ribbon at the
    center of the fore edge, between the layers of fabric. Place the end of the ribbon 1" in from the edge of the fabric.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 11
    Step 11

    With the small chip board piece and
    ribbon pinned in place, machine stitch along the top edge of the front cover, with a 1?2" seam allowance. Stop at the corner.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 12
    Step 12

    Slide the 41?8" x 4" chip board piece between the layers of fabric, snug against the two sewn edges.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 13
    Step 13

    Hold the chip board in place as you continue to sew around the perimeter of the front cover, stopping to backstitch at the ribbon for reinforcement. Backstitch when you get to the edge of the spine.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 14
    Step 14

    For the back cover, pin one 10" piece
    of ribbon at the center of the fore edge, be- tween the layers of fabric. Place the end of the ribbon 1" in from the edge of the fabric.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 15
    Step 15

    With the ribbon pinned in place, ma- chine stitch along the top edge of the back cover, with a 1?2" seam allowance.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 16
    Step 16

    Slide the 5" x 4" chip board piece between the layers of fabric, snug against the fold and sewn edge.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 17
    Step 17

    Hold the chip board in place as you continue to sew around the perimeter of the back cover, stopping to backstitch at the ribbon for reinforcement. Trim the threads.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 18
    Step 18

    Use a pair of pinking shears to trim
    the excess fabric along all sewn edges of both covers, leave about 1?4" of fabric past the stitching. Be careful when you get to the ribbons!

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 19
    Step 19

    Center the hole punch template along the spine to punch holes through each cover.

  • Step 20

    Place a piece of waxed paper over your work surface. To prevent fraying, use a cotton swab to apply a tiny bit of glue to the fabric at all four holes. Let the glue dry completely.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 21
    Step 21

    Pin the two 51?2" x 51?2" pieces of fabric right sides together.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 22
    Step 22

    Machine stitch around the edges with
    a 1?2" seam allowance, leaving a 2" hole in one side.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 23
    Step 23

    Turn the pillow right side out through
    the 2" hole. Fill the pillow with polyester fiberfill until lightly firm. Hand sew the hole closed.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 24
    Step 24

    Hand sew each corner of the pillow
    down to the corners of the right side of the front cover panel.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 25
    Step 25

    Place the front cover on a protective cutting mat. Center one button on top of the pillow and press it down toward the mat. At each hole in the button, poke an awl all the way through the pillow and chip board to the mat.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 26
    Step 26

    Place the other button opposite the first button on the inside of the front cover.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 27
    Step 27

    Hand sew both of the buttons to the front cover at once, using double thread and pulling firmly. Go up through the bot- tom button, through the cover and pillow, up through the top button, and loop back down. Repeat several times and tie off the thread at the bottom button. Wrap the thread around the bottom button four
    times and trim.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 28
    Step 28

    With a bulldog clip securing the fore
    edges of the inside pages carefully center them within the two covers. You may not be able to clip the covers to the pages due to the nature of the materials. Gently hold the covers in place while stitching. Stitch the spine following the instructions for the Ya- mato binding on pages 100–101. To thread through the ribbon, wrap a tiny piece of paper around the end to assist it through the holes.

  • How to make a pin cushions. Sewing Notions Pincushion Book - Step 29
    Step 29

    Tie the two ribbons at the fore edge in a bow.

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