Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Make Your own "Tea Cup Pin Cushion " with Sizzix Scoreboards!

Thank You for visiting this weeks "Sizzix Blog Hop" to see what I've created using the newly released
Sizzix Scoreboard Tea Cup , designed by Eileen Hull!

I love to sew, and as soon as I saw this die, I knew it wanted to be a pincushion!
Complete with it's very own Tea Bag needle case!
I have a little tutorial for you!
I hope you don't mind -
At the end of this post will be some information on
how you can win a sizzix die for yourself!
So read on...and be inspired!
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Last week the challenge was to use something from the office supply store in our creation.
This week designer Brenda Pinnick helped set the theme!
We had two color palettes to choose from.

As you can see, I chose #2.
And below you can see my idea sketched out on a envelope,
while waiting in my car for my son to get out of Kindergarten.
I'm super pleased with how well I stayed true to my design!

These are the supplies I used to make this Tea Cup Pincushion.

And this is what the die looked like when I received it.
I covered the folding middle and tea cup base with decorative paper by die cuts with a view.
I then used my big bite crop-a-dile to punch holes through both pieces.
I fixed them together with two small brads.
After I covered the tea cup sides with some paper by My Minds eye,
I added some velum paper trim and then glued the sides to the inside of the cup.
It helped to slide the bottom tab of the tea cup under
the inside base to keep the cup secure.
After making sure the glue was holding up,
I used a q-tip and chalk ink to color the inside of the cup.

Now on to the Pin Cushion.
I LOVE making Pin Cushions! I could make them all day!
I used a medium bowl that was square shaped to
trace on the wrong side of some vintage red satin.

I cut out with pinking shears
then, just as you would so any pin cushion or even a yo-yo,
I basted a loose stitch all the way around, a little less than 1/2" from the edges.
If you baste too close to the edges, you risk the stitch pulling free.
Carefully guide the stitch and pull on it, leaving a opening at the top.
Now while holding the tail end of the thread, stuff your pin cushion with fiber fill.
Don't stuff it too tight, or it won't fill the tea cup.
When full, gently pull the tread till the hole is closed, then pinching with your fingers, you can sew it shut with the remaining thread and needle.
You can see why you needed to use a square shaped bowl.

Line the inside of your tea cup with your favorite tacky glue
and then gently put in your pin cushion.
While this is setting, you can work on the gold pins.
I used basic corsage pins.
Super easy.
Just paint them with paint them with a 18kt.Gold leafing pen by Krylon
and set them to dry in your pin cushion!

The Tea Cup die came with a tea bag tag, but I knew that what
my Pin Cushion really needed was a good needle case!
So I traced my tag onto some felt and hand stitched to 2 layers of green mermaid fabric.
Cut that out and added one more piece of felt to make "pages".
I bound it in the middle and used the crop-a-dile to make the holes.
(of course, once you get this die, you won't have to do this all by hand. :)
Using a brad and gold elastic, I made a clasp and then attached a fun charm to the other end.
Lastly, I glued one of the gold pins to a velvet butterfly from Petaloo.

coordinating stickles helped add some color, allowing the butterfly to come to life.

I think it completed the look. Don't you?
I would love it if you could vote for Me.
If you like my creation , please visit Eileen's Blog
and vote for me!
Leave her a comment telling her that "I like Michelle Cummings Tea Cup Pin Cushion"
If I win the most votes, (during this weeks Blog Hop) I could win this die, and you know I'd be in pin cushion heaven! :)
You too could win!
One random commentator will win a fabulous Sizzix prize as well!
Thank You for Coming By!

Now for more chance so you too can win, please visit these other fabulous designers!
Sparkle's Tea Cup, Bonnie Bruns, Craftside
,Madeline Jen Goode Modern Surrealist, Sandy Laipply, Einat Kessler,
Ann Butler Laura Bray Veronica Goff , Roann Mathias, Candice Windham,
Mel Designs Julie McGuffee Debra Quartermain
Niki Meiner Lisa Rojas

Have a wonderful time "Blog Hopping" and good luck!
( the next sizzix blog hop will be revealed on April 28th...so mark your calendars!)

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