This picture is my rendition of the antique pin cushion shown below.
I often buy things that other people wouldn't touch because of their condition. This one is drab and dirty but I thought the design was well worth saving. I prefer a softer look so I left off the trim around the brim and flattened out the crown a little. I hope you enjoy making one for yourself.
- Cut a 6 1/2" dia. circle of cardboard and a piece of Wonder Under.
- Iron Wonder Under to one side of cardboard circle and remove paper.
- Cut a 13" dia. circle of fabric (I used silk shantung.)
- With Wonder Under side of cardboard up, center fabric and iron it to the cardboard.
- Turn over and hand pleat the fabric to the other side, pinning as you go. It should look like this photo. Baste fabric to hold near the center of the circle.
- Cut a 3 1/2" dia. circle of cardboard and put a 1 1/2" dia. hole within it (this will be where the stuffing for your pin cushion goes in.)
- Cut a 7" dia. circle of fabric that matches your brim and a 7" dia. circle of fabric to use as a liner (I used muslin.)
- Place the two fabric circles together and run a gathering stitch 1/4" in all the way around the edge. I did this by hand, but machine stitching will do fine.
- Start gathering this edge up and as it forms a pocket, place the cardboard with the hole inside.
- Continue to gather until the 1/4" edge of the fabric will go around the edge of the cardboard circle. Glue this edge down to the cardboard and set aside to dry. Stuff firmly through the 1 1/2" hole. (Use wool roving when you start filling as it is better for the life of your pins and needles and fill in the bottom with Polyfil to save on expense.) Put a small hole in another 3 1/2" dia. cardboard circle and glue this to the bottom and allow to dry thoroughly. It should look like this photo when finished.
Tufting: Thread a button through one hole and leave a long tail. Using a doll making needle, go up through the hole in the cardboard and through the center of the stuffed crown. Use a very strong thread for this (I used dental floss.) Rethread into a needle that will go through your button and rethread to the doll making needle again to go back down through the other hole in the button you started with. Do this one or two more times for strength. At the bottom, tie the tail you left earlier with the end of your thread, pull tightly and tie a firm knot.
Assembly: Center and glue the crown to the pleated side of your brim and allow to dry. You can now slip stitch the crown to the brim around the edge. This photo shows how it will look before embellishment.
Finally, decorate your hat pin cushion as desired. Add lace, ribbon, flowers to make it truly your own. Because the bottom is flat, you can add a pretty cording or a ring to the back for hanging. Hang it in a special place and you'll always know where your pin cushion is.