Birdie Pincushion- Sharon Holland Designs
Instructionsfree tutorial on her website
Type of item: Functional
Style: Mod, Cute, Traditional, Retro / Vintage, Holiday, Romantic, Classic, Funky, Casual, Whimsical
scraps, craft pellets, non-fusible interfacing, loose batting, beads
What was your inspiration?
Sharon Holland's website
What are you most proud of?
Our wild "wimin' Sew Fun Club" had so much fun! Each bird and nest is different! Members experimented with bullion beaks, decorative stitching, interfacing in tails, redesigning tails, attaching wings each in different ways, using specialty fabrics. The large nest has raw-edge strip ruffles - which should get even nestier! Great for spring, great for pincushions (better if stuffed with sand to keep pins sharp) - just plain fun to make.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't be afraid to change instructions to suit your whimsies. Leave a little space in the pellet sack to allow for that "coaxing" in. Lengthen the tail to have extra length tucked in the back - this will help it stand up better. Wings and tails can be lightly stuffed - or not. The second blue bird from left has wings that are not attached around the sides - there are 2 scalloped lines mimic-ing feathers. The center bird has actual feather stitches on the wings!