Tuesday, September 4, 2012

T.O.U.C.s (Tomatoes of Unusual Color)

My sister Leigh had a birthday. She loves to sew. And I am of the opinion that one can never have too many pin cushions, so I took the opportunity to make some for her out of shot cotton scraps and felt.

They are easy and quick to make. I won't reinvent the wheel here because there are many great tomato pin cushion tutorials already available. I looked at this one and this one. Mine are in three graduated sizes, so if you'd like to make them here are the pattern measurements:
Large 10 x 5 inches
Medium 9 x 4.5 inches
Small 8 x 4 inches

Before stuffing I filled the bottoms with rice to give them a bit of heft.

This is after stuffing and closing, but before I added the embroidery floss and felt leaves. Be sure to stuff yours tightly. Nobody likes a deflated pin cushion. When you think it has enough stuffing, put in more.

A long doll needle is very helpful to add the floss along the sides. To make the felt caps I just drew a quick star on my felt with disappearing marker. Do you remember how to draw a star? You know, like this:

Then I just kinda made the leaves a bit longer as I cut it out. I think the MS link has a template if you would rather use that. I didn't take a picture of the tomato unders, but I also added a smallish circle of felt to the bottom that I cut out with pinking shears. 

Go ahead and make some in crazy colors. They are fun to have around.


  1. Ooooooh...wanty! And speaking of birthdays, can you just go ahead and tell me exactly what you want for yours so I don't have to get creative for Ms. Creativity Embodied?

  2. CBH, thanks!

    Robyn, just world peace and brotherly love. It's not much. You've got a few months to put that together. I'm trying to figure out what to send you this month in Brazil that won't cost a fortune to mail. Not to say you aren't totally worth whatever it costs. LOL.

  3. These are too cute, Larissa! Great minds must think alike because I just decided this morning that my "project of the day" was going to be to whip up a couple of new pincushions. :)

  4. Merci beaucoup !!!
    J'aime cette création !!!

  5. Oh, yeah, you're coming through loud and clear. ;) If it helps, my parents are coming here in October and have already agreed to carry a few things down for me. I'll take one of everything.

  6. I was instantly moved to comment on this post from the title alone, which I hope was an intentional nod to The Princess Bride and not just me being random :D

    Why are pincushions so cute?

  7. these are beautiful! thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Y'all, thanks for the pin cushion love!

    Robyn, one of everything. Check. LOL.

    rubymakes, it is inconceivable that it is anything else. PB = one of my favorite movies EVER. And to answer your question, I don't know. I just don't know. But they are.


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