Actually, turning a beach ball into a pincushion isn't all that hard,
especially since I used Crafter's Edge Beach Ball die and Crossover II.
The package comes with full instructions on making the ball and
two sizes of fabric dies...3" x 4" and 2.25" x 3". I used the smaller one.
One edge of the fabric die is smooth and needs to be placed on the fold.
The cutting edge is not sharp, but can cut up to six layers.
I cut one folded layer at a time so that I was accurate with the placement.
The pressure knobs are easily adjusted to cut the type of material you are using.
Instructions are included to help with this.
The Beach Ball die didn't require iron-on fleece, but I used it for the pincushion.
Therm O Web's Heat n Bond is my favorite for this type of project!
Cut six fabric shapes and six iron-on fleece shapes.
Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric section.
Be sure to cover it with a protective cloth when ironing it.
Follow the directions that come in the package to sew the sections together with a 1/4" seam.
Don't forget to leave an opening about 1 1/2" on the side to turn it inside out.
The directions say 1", but 1 1/2" works best because of the fleece.
A funnel helps to get more of the nut shells in the pincushion instead of on the
counter, but you can also stuff the pincushion with Polyfil. Either one works quite well.
There's a large variety of nutshells out there, so choose the one you like best.
Once you're finished filling the pincushion, stitch the opening closed by hand.
The fabric die comes with a small circle to add to the Beach Ball project, but
adding a button and wrapping embroidery thread around it made it more of a pincushion.
It was so easy and went together fast.
Thanks for stopping by to see my pincushion!