#DDCraft How To Sew a Union Jack Pin Cushion Tutorial

In aid of World Mental Health Day 2016 #WMHD16 I’m sharing a sewing tutorial which I hope will help inspire you to take up a creative hobby to help you relax, de-stress, and take your mind off any worries or issues you might be dealing with. I find #SewingForPleasure really improves my own mental health and I’ll wax lyrical to anyone who’ll listen to me when it comes to the benefits of this super hobby…

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YOU WILL NEED:

Dark blue cotton fabric

4mm red ribbon

13mm white ribbon

25mm white ribbon

13mm red/white check ribbon

Red fabric for piping

Micro piping cord

Stuffing (we used wadding)

Sewing machine and thread

Hand sewing thread and needles

Scissors

Pins

Tape measure

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Ribbon’s you’ll need to complete this project. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

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Cut two rectangles in the blue fabric 18cms x 15cms

Step 2

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Cut two lengths of the 13mm white gross grain ribbon to 23cms long and pin to one of the blue rectangles diagonal corner to the opposite comer. Stitch the ribbon on with a pin stitch as close to the edge as possible. Do this on both edges of the ribbon. This rectangle will be the top piece of the pin cushion.

Step 3

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Pin stitch the second piece of white 13mm ribbon in exactly the same way onto the opposite diagonal of the top of the pin cushion.

Step 4

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Cut 2 x 25cms lengths of the 4mm red satin ribbon and position this ribbon towards the upper edge of the white ribbon already in place. Pin stitch in the centre of the 4mm red ribbon. The red satin ribbon will be approximately 3mm away from the top edge of the white ribbon.

Step 5

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Turn the red ribbon at 90 degrees when you reach the centre and stitch in the same place on the downward white ribbon. Then stitch the 4mm red satin ribbon in the same way to the opposite side.

Step 6

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Cut two pieces of the 25mm white gross grain ribbon 1 x 15cms and 1 x 23cms.

Stitch the 15cms piece vertically in the centre on top of the diagonal ribbons already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 7

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Stitch the 23cms piece horizontally in the centre on top of the diagonal ribbons already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 8

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Cut two pieces of the 13mm red and white check ribbon 1 x 15cms and 1 x 23cms.

Stitch the 15cms piece vertically in the centre of the 25mm white ribbon already in place. Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 9

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Stitch the 23cms piece horizontally in the centre on top of the 25mm white ribbon already in place.

Pin stitch on each edge.

Step 10

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Cut strips of the red cotton fabric on the bias and make up around 70cms of red piping using the micro piping. Stitch this on all four sides of the top piece of the pin cushion and overlap the edges to neaten.

Step 11

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With right sides together sew the top and bottom of the pin cushion together leaving one edge open for stuffing.

Step 12

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Trim across the corners and trim away any excess ribbon

Step 13

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Turn right sides out making sure that at each corner the piping is pulled out fully.

Step 14

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Stuff to the desired size we used wadding.

Step 15

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Slip stitch the opening closed with a matching thread using a ladder stitch so the stitches disappear.

T’ah D’ah!!!

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Your pin cushion is now finished!

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Do let me know if you have a go at this fun tutorial – tag your pictures on social media using the hashtag #DDCraft and I’ll enjoy having a peek at your handmade pin cushions.

Penny

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