Free video tutorial - doughnut shaped sewing weights & pin cushions

One small baby step but a huge leap outside of my comfort zone

At last I have taken heed of suggestions from friends, family and the lovely online crafty community I am lucky to be part of, to get in front of a camera and make a sewing tutorial! The camera work ranges from pretty atrocious to just about passable (!!) , the project isn’t anything groundbreaking, there are about a million times I say ‘uuummmm’ as I didn’t have time to rehearse anything or plan what to say (as usual in our house at the moment, I had to get it done in a small window of time when I’m not breaking up my 1 and 4 year old from a wrestling match during the day or leading one of them back to their beds in the evenings; there is an insane amount of night time activity going on in our house post cot breakout from the 1 yr old and New Year’s eve refusal to go to bed from the 4 yr old)….but I did it and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be!

I picked a simple project to show in the tutorial, so I could get my head around the whole filming element, but I have loads more ideas to feature in the coming weeks, so this is just a taste of what’s to come!

doughnut shaped sewing weights and pin cushions

Watch my FREE tutorial here and see below for a stripped back version of written instructions:

you will need:

  • fabric scraps approx 12cm wide

  • iron on interfacing

  • sewing machine and/or hand sewing needle and matching thread for fabric

  • scissors

  • iron

  • dried rice/chickpeas/lentils

  • stuffing

basic steps:

  1. Make a doughnut template approx 12cm diameter with 1.5cm diameter hole

  2. Cut 2 of the doughnut shapes from interfacing

  3. Iron interfacing onto wrong side of fabric

  4. Put the 2 doughnut shapes right sides together and sew around outer edge, leaving a 2 inch gap

  5. Turn the right way and press with iron then use embroidery foot on sewing machine or hand sew using whip stitch around central hole raw edge.

  6. Add filling.

  7. Turn seam allowance of turning gap inwards and hand sew gap using ladder stitch or whip stitch.

  8. For the wrist pin cushion, add a heavier weight fabric to one side (to stop pins going through the other side to your skin) plus elastic to fit your wrist.

Next tutorial

My aim is to make tutorials that are quick, easy makes for beginners to intermediate sewers; ideally that can be made using hand sewing or a machine and that where possible make use of second hand/vintage/off cuts of fabric to reduce waste and create beautiful and useful textiles from old materials.

If you’ve got any projects/tips you’d like me to feature in a tutorial, leave me a comment or pop me a message - I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for your continued support , Emma xx

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