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Glass House Mts, Australia

I am a self-professed rag hound and thrift store queen. I learned how to sew and make toys and other household textiles at the feet of Cajun and farm women of the American South and Midwest in the ...

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William Morris Sunflower Pincushion

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : William Morris Sunflower Pincushion
William Morris Sunflower Pincushion

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic hand sewing

Pattern Description:

I was asked to design a project for the iPhone app, How.Do, in honor of William Morris' birthday. William Morris was a founder of the mid-19th century to early 20th century Arts & Crafts movement. I chose one of his sunflowers as a model for the pincushion and I used upcycled materials because, well, that's what I do.

It's easy and beautiful and wool felt materials are easy to find online.

The download has the entire tutorial and templates.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 5.5" (14cm) wide including outer petals


  • 6 1/2" )15cm) diameter repurposed sweater or other stretch knit fabric circle
  • 3 colors of wool felt or felted wool blanket: 1 - 7" (18cm) square for inner petals; 1 - 7" (18cm) square for outer petals; 1 - 10 1/2" x 1 1/2" (27cm x 4cm) strip for bas
  • 2 1/2" (6.5cm) diameter cardboard circle
  • Wool stuffing
  • Basic sewing supplies

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