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Love To Sew Pincushions

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  • Step 1

    Use a tape measure to measure the circumference of your wrist. Cut out a 9cm (3½in) diameter circle and a rectangle 29 x 5cm (11½ x 2 in) from black fabric for the back and sides of the wristwatch, and a 9cm (3½in) diameter circle from cream fabric for the front.

  • Step 2

    The strap needs to be 5cm (2in) wide and the length should be the circumference of your wrist plus 3cm (1¼in). Cut it from the striped fabric, with the stripes lengthways.

  • Step 3

    Using a pencil or tailor’s chalk, draw a watch face on the right side of the cream fabric, with a 12, 3, 6 and 9 and watch hands. Embroider the numbers and the centre of the watch face in black, then embroider the hands in gold thread.

  • Step 4

    Pin the long rectangle of black fabric to the watch face, right sides together. Machine sew them together with black thread. Leave the short ends of the long strip unsewn.

  • How to make a wrist pin cushions. Wristwatch Pincushion - Step 5
    Step 5

    Fold over the long edges of the watch strap piece by 5mm (¼in) and pin them, then fold the strap in half lengthways and pin in place.

  • How to make a wrist pin cushions. Wristwatch Pincushion - Step 6
    Step 6

    Machine sew along the long edge using black thread and straight stitch. Sew along the short edges using zigzag stitch.

  • How to make a wrist pin cushions. Wristwatch Pincushion - Step 7
    Step 7

    Work out where your watch will go in the middle of the strap, then make three marks for the position of the buttonholes on one end of the strap. Follow your sewing machine guidelines to make the buttonholes. My machine has a two-step buttonhole. The first step shown is the stitching to reinforce the buttonhole.

  • How to make a wrist pin cushions. Wristwatch Pincushion - Step 8
    Step 8

    Remove from the machine and snip the threads. Place the strap on a cutting mat and use a craft knife to cut the buttonholes.

  • Step 9

    Sew buttons on the other end of the strap. Place the strap over the remaining black circle of watch fabric, so that the circle is where the watch will be. Pin in place. Machine sew in a square formation on the strap to attach it to the circle.

  • Step 10

    Fold the strap inwards and secure it with pins so it does not overlap the circle edges. Take the inside-out watch face and sides and pin the sides to the black base, with the strap inside the pinned circle. Machine sew carefully around the pinned circle.

  • Step 11

    Turn the watch right sides out, stuff it and hand stitch the opening closed.

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