Sunday, 28 June 2015

Wonder Cushion Tutorial

I never know what to do with my wonder clips, they rattle around in the bottom of my sewing bag, and so I got to thinking "If only there was a pincushion for wonder clips..." and so I made this, in about 20 minutes flat. A sewing frenzy, if you will.




 I haven't found anything like it out there on t'internet, so I thought I'd make a tutorial!

You will need:
5 2x4" scraps for the tags
4 1x5" pieces for the in between strips
2 2x5" pieces for the start and finish strips

1 5 x5" square for the back

heavy filling - rice, couscous etc.

1. Fold the 5 tag scraps in half lengthwise, right side together. Sew across the short ends.

 
2. Turn the tags right side out and press.
3. Take the start piece and lay a tag, centred, along the bottom edge, lay an inbetween strip over that, matching up the ends, pin and sew along the bottom edge, 1/4 inch seam of course!



4, Finger press the inbetween strip down, so you can see that the first tag has been neatly stitched inbetween the first and second strip.


5. Now lay the second tag, just as you did the first, and cover with the next inbetween strip. Sew along the bottom edge.

 
6, Repeat this until all 5 tags have been stitched in place, and the last piece is the last 2x5 strip. When you flip it over, it should look something like this underneath. I didn't press it with an iron, mostly because I didn't have it near, but I think finger pressing keeps some 'spring' in the fabric, which is good because you want the tags to stand up when the cushion is complete.
 
7. Place the top and bottom pieces, right sides together and sew around 3 and a half sides, leaving a largish space for turning. Turn inside out. Fill with something heavy, not too full, whipstitch the opening closed and you're done!
 


I can't wait to use my Wonder Cushion for my next binding session. If you make one of your own let me know!

Make and give away as many as you like, but please don't make them for commercial use. Thank you!

23 comments:

  1. That looks fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Good idea! I think the clips are hard to grab a hold of when I'm trying to fold my binding over. It takes 2 hands to pick one up and press the clip open. This would make it easier to line them up and use them.

    Thanks for sharing on the Pet Project Show.

    Julie

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    1. Thank you Julie, that's exactly what I thought too!

      Thanks for the link party!

      Esther

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  3. Great idea! I try to balance my clips on the arm of my couch and they always fall off. I need one of these for sure.

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    1. Thanks! Those clips are tricky right? A nice heavy bean bag style wonder cushion would sit tight on any couch arm. Maybe we should invent a whole couch arm sewing caddy- for scissors, needles, thread...oh the possibilities!

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  4. Just brilliant! I want to go make one now!

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  5. Visiting from Finish It Up Friday over at crazy mom quilts. This is both adorable and practical at the same time!

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  6. So etwas habe ich gerade gesucht eine tolle Idee ich werde nur ein Gummiband anbringen dann kann ich es an der Nähmaschine anbringen .
    Grüße aus Deutschland Karo

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  7. Every cute! You could make it look like an animal with scales with a head and tail!

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  8. That is so cute! Great fix for a common problem!

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  9. So clever! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. Thank You for this. Have been looking for a pattern of some sort to go by. Can't justify buying the book for one pattern and just needed something to get me started. Envy people who can do things without a pattern!! Thanks

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  11. Wow, this is great! Thank you!

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  12. Wow Awesome idea ...I have got to make one and get rid of the jar I keep them in ...

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  13. Love this as I use and take my well used wonder clips(no more pins when binding always Wonder Clips) with me and like you said "always loose in the bottom of the bag" and this will keep them organized. Great idea.......

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  14. Great idea! in process with making it now!

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  15. these are great thanks I made kits up for these as a small retreat project they all loved them.... just used scraps and filled with rice and pasta that was like rice.

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  16. Hiya!
    OMG...*LOVE* sooo much!!!
    I'm gonna make these for all of my quilting buddies.
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!

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  17. How cute is this?!! I can't wait to make a few for my mum and other quilting friends! Thanks! :)

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  18. Deciding what fabric choices to make is my only problem! I want something colorful so the tags will stand out. I'm in 3 IG Swaps and I think this handy little cushion would be perfect for my little Extra item!!! Yeah!!

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