At the very least I thought I could do something that fits in with the January Stashbusting theme of "Itty Bits." I "pinned" a tutorial for a mannequin shaped pincushion a few months ago, printed it out, shrank it, and kept moving the printout from room to room in the hopes that it might get up and make itself. (Or something like that). I have some leftover fabric from some fat quarters that I used to do binding on the outside of these folders
that I made a few years ago, and thought that they would make great mannequins. I wanted to try out the pattern for shape and size though, so opted to use plain black fabric for my first go.
|I didn't use much fabric with this one!|
I don't seem to have much shape in this version, I would say mostly because I reduced the size. The original pattern calls for a quarter inch seam, and to allow for the difference in size I reduced this seam allowance to a 5mm seam allowance. It is a little hard to get it right when it's so small though. For my next version(s) I plan on giving my mannequin a lot more shape.
|Fat quarters in the running for the next pincushions|
|The finalists for more pincushions|
|I even put all the pieces away for the next ones so they don't clutter my studio|
For the bottom of the mannequin I used one layer of a fairly thin cardboard to go inside the bottom, then I covered another cardboard oval with fabric, and hand stitched it in place on the bottom. With no candlestick for the bottom, this mannequin will just have to sit next to a sewing machine with no stand for now.
The black fabric I used is leftover scraps from some client sewing a few years ago, but hey, it was in my house, so I figure that makes it fair game for stash busting!
|The finished project, with a sneak peak of the topic|
of an upcoming blog post