It always brings me so much joy to breathe life into projects I have sketched and dreamed about. And it’s even more joyous when the design turns out exactly the way you pictured in your head. Especially when the projects are pretty but also really practical! I’m thrilled with the way this Posy Pocket Pin Cushion and Needle Book turned out.
Pictured above is the original version made with Liberty Tana lawn. I’m in love with the tiny florals and dainty prints. But my latest version below was created using the beautiful Homemade collection* by Echo Park Paper Company for Riley Blake Designs. This fabric brings me all the Summer vibes. Those sunflowers and bees are so bright and fun!
Both the pin cushion and needle book were designed as part of the Pretty Stitches Club. Now in its second year, the Pin Cushion was released as August’s pattern and the Needle Book will be available for download on September 15th, 2023. I love this club because every month has a new pattern to explore and if you join now, you’ll receive all the projects we’ve already explored so far this year. It’s a great way for beginners to build their pattern library.
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Creating both of these projects starts with the embroidery. The same design is used for both projects so that you can make them as a matching set. Only the simplest stitches have been used which makes this project perfect for beginners. I love stitching on linen so that’s the fabric I like to recommend.
This embroidered panel becomes the front pocket on the pin cushion. This design is simple but practical because you can put your scissors in the pocket, and your needles and pins in the top. You can also hold quilting clips over the binding or on the pocket top too.
The embroidered panel is also used for the front of the needle book. Such a pretty way to brighten up the cover!
Inside the needle book are felt pages for you to secure your needles and pins too.
There’s also pockets inside the front and back cover which can hold floss cards, scissors and more.
Happy stitching, Lauren x
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