I made this cool project as part of the Winterkist Blog Hop to celebrate Monica Solorio-Snow's new fabric with Lecien! Check out the blog hop link for details on how you can win some awesome prizes, it's as easy as leaving a comment!!
These fabrics are really awesome for Christmas...I love that they are in non-traditional Christmas colors. I love experimenting with color, and the idea of using these bright beauties for a Christmas/winter project sounds right up my alley!
My Winterkist project was made using Elizabeth Hartman's Weighted Pincushion and Thread Catcher tutorial over at Sew Mama Sew. Elizabeth's tutorial calls for using several fabrics for each of the parts of the pattern (the organizer, pincushion, thread catcher, etc.). I decided to cut my Winterkist into 2.5" squares, since this looked like a small-in-size project, and I thought I could showcase a bit of patchwork that way. My fabrics were pinks and oranges, so I used the pink fabrics for the exterior portions, and the orange fabrics for the lining of the bag and for the bottom of the pincushion. I also have thrown in a bit of text fabric, because I didn't have enough Winterkist to finish the whole project (also, it looks kinda awesome).
The instructions only call for interfacing the loop on the thread catcher and the facing on the thread catcher bag, but I'm a bit of an interfacing freak, so I used Pellon SF-101 fusible woven interfacing on everything. You can read more of my thoughts on interfacing here.
The pincushion is actually filled with a satchet of uncooked rice. The pattern calls for flannel for the rice satchet, but I didn't have any around, so I just used a small piece of Pellon batting instead.
I really love this tutorial...Elizabeth really has thought of everything. It also has a nice pocket organizer to hold all your small notions that I use all the time (like my seam ripper and my fabric marker!). The thread catcher has a little button on the inside, so you can easily remove it from the organizer and dump out all of your little scraps and threads.
I had loads of fun making this project! Be sure to check out Winterkist, available August 2012! Thank you to Katie from There and Back for having me along the blog hop today!!