Friday, January 24, 2020

Turning A Beach Ball Into A Pincushion

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!


  1. That is darn cute, Carol! Not sure if I like the yellows or the beach ball shape better, but the button on the top really makes the whole thing. :) Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial also!

  3. That is so cute, Carol! I wonder if there is a cutting file for Scan-n-Cut or Silhouette like this - I'll have to check and see what I can find!! Thanks for sharing this adorable idea!

  4. I think you had a ball making this pincushion :-) It's so cute!

  5. I love this pincushion. The button is a wonderful finish.

  6. Just adorable, Carol. Are you enjoying this machine?

  7. Que facil resulta viendo las explicaciones que has dado.

  8. Hi Carol! This just strikes me as odd - I almost made a beach ball myself on Saturday. Instead, I decided to make a pentagon ball and used it as a leader/ender project. I just have to stuff it and close it up. I hope to get that wrapped up tonight or tomorrow. I love how your beach ball pincushion turned out. Those fabrics are SO DARN CUTE. ~smile~ Roseanne


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