Monday, December 22, 2014

Biscornu Pin Cushion

I recently saw how to make a biscornu out of 2 small squares of fabric. I had never heard of these before so had to look it up. A biscornu is a French term for a small 8-sided pincushion, usually made with cross-stitch or embroidery.

I thought I would try making one with some fabrics from charm packs which are 5" x 5". Now I'm hooked! They are fast and fun to make.

Start with two contrasting fabrics. Fold each square in half and cut 1/4" in. Repeat folding in half in the other direction and cut 1/4" in. Do this on both your top and bottom fabrics.These are your pivot points. 




Line up  the top piece at the middle of the bottom piece and start sewing to the edge.


Keep your needle down at each corner and pivot and repeat. Be sure to keep an opening on one side with back-stitching.


Push the corners out with a pointed tool.



Stuff with polyfill batting and push it into each corner. Then hand stitch the opening closed. I then added button in the middle with a button kit to make fabric covered buttons to match or contrast.



Instructions:
  • Pick two contrasting fabrics. 
  • Fold each square in half, finger press at the edge and cut 1/4" in. 
  • Repeat folding in half in the other direction and cut 1/4" in. 
  • Do this on both your top and bottom fabrics.These are your pivot points.
  • Line up  the top piece at the middle of the bottom piece and start sewing to within 1/4" from the edge.
  • Keep your needle down at each corner and pivot and repeat. Be sure to keep an opening on one side with back-stitching.
  • Push the corners out with a pointed tool.  
  • Stuff with polyfill batting and push it into each corner.
  • Then hand stitch the opening closed.
  • Optional: Add a button in the middle - one on top and bottom.