Friday, August 15, 2014

Revisted....Lean this way- a no sew project pin keep

 Still away, however I am thinking summer and fall and sunflowers....we have one growing at home
from a seed that a bird dropped on our property....will show it upon our return..until then....

Lean this way, pin - keep
( a no sew project)

( as we are still waiting for the new series to unfold
and as you bring sew much sunshine in my life...I thought
I would supply you with a tutorial for some sunshine
of your own)

I was asked earlier in the year to be part of the design
team at Riley Blake Designs..RBD blog
Every 2 months we come up with a project...
This is my second project...my first was the indoor awning...
My next, well it is something for the outside...till then.....

I saw my first field of Sunflowers  in the Southern
part of Vendee, which is not far from Provence.
I went to school in France, I was 11 years old when
the sisters of the order took us to view a miracle.
It was a field of sunflowers, it was approaching
11:00 am. I remember because we always had
prayers at noon before lunch.

The sisters shared with us all that we
would be touched by this beauty that would
last a lifetime. I have to admit they were right!

Every sunflower was facing the sun...on close inspection
there was one that was facing at an angle. Not sure
"she" wanted to join in just yet...Sister Rejeanne
whispered in my ear.... "You are like that sunflower,
always a bit different".  Somethings just stay with you.

When asked to join in the rbd  PIN CUSHION club
I knew right away what I was going to create.
A sunflower!  

Although I love colour, I always seem to lean
to 2-3 colours only ...Good for all of you  since I am pretty sure
many of you have some black, white, and yellows in your stash..

I chose this gingham yellow from the Fly a kite collection
and the solid black from the Tuxedo line.

You will need less than 1/2 fat quarter of each.
You will need a flan tin or cookie cutter,
1  floral foam ball. ( purchase whole at Michael's, and you cut it
in half using a very sharp bread knife-
sew you can make 2, same price if you just purchase 1/2)
Presencia thread in yellow for French Knots , I used a variegated.
a glue gun to glue it all together....
No sewing, except for the french knots...
( there is a  self covered button there...I was thinking
of using instead of french knots..some of you could do that 
too if french knots are not your thing)
I ended up doing french knots..

Outline your tin with a white pencil and then 
add 4 inches around the diameter.
You will need that when you stitch the circle
and cinch it around your half floral foam. 
It will cover the bottom completely. 

 Now fold your circle into quarters and finger press.
Open it up and draw a 2inch in diameter circle. 
Now using Presencia Finca 8 variegated thread
make some french knots to fill that circle.

Now cut 2.5 inch strips, and sew 2 together..
You only want to have 1 seam. Now fold towards
the middle, sew your seams are touching the centre
strip. Next, wrap around flan tin or cookie cutter,
you want to see the shape and wrapping it very tight
will make it easier when you add the floral foam.

Cut 2.5" wof of gingham and 1.5" wof of solid black.
Fold in half press, and then fold 2 pleats.
stitch, fold 2 pleats again and stitch. and repeat
for both gingham and black. ( Ok, you can use
your machine if you want to) lol

These will be your petals, and of course they are ruffled..
I added the black to the outside of the gingham, take
a peak at pic again. I will wait....

Now you will stitch around the edges with just a loose
stitch, stitch your whole circle piece; the piece  you added
all your french knots to. Pull it as tight as you can,
and if you have a label, stitch that on to cover
your gathered piece.
Smooth it out as much as you can, you will have enough
to smooth it out, if you followed the 4 inch rule..

It should fit in perfectly, before you add your ruffle.
Use your glue gun and add a thin strip of glue
around the base and secure it to your tin or cookie cutter.
I used some tweezers and two of my  strips of ruffles
and tucked them inside the tin and  flower foam ball...
and voila!

I added a bow...gotta have a bow,
and some pins, and a PIN it flag....

I hope you will Lean into this one.
She is easy to make and I won't tell you how
long it took me....( I made a few before I got it the way I wanted it
for you) suffice to say, it will take you no where near that time....
Less than an hour!

My best

Here it is in a PDF file

"If friends are flowers,
we must be best buds"


  1. Too Cute, Madame Samm!! Of course, your projects always are!!

    Already a follower.... and I'm going to have to be making a couple of these beauties!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz

  2. Very cute! Thanks for sharing--I would love to see a whole field of sunflowers.

  3. Love your sunflower, perfect flower choice :) Thanks for making our day with a fun little project to make with or for friends!

  4. adorable as for me how about a daisy. Love them
    Thanks for sharing

  5. So special! I loved dark color..

  6. Love it!! I might just have to go and make a couple of these!!

    I'm a follower. Hopefully, I'm a LUCKY follower and can be the recipient of this darling pincushion!

    Thanks for the tutorial and the opportunity!

  7. I would have to make a gazania. They come in so many different colours so you could make a bunch.

  8. Well now that is just the cutest little pincushion! I'd love to have it live in my studio =^..^=

  9. Love this pattern!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Why do you do this to me! You know I'm going to have to try this now--geez! LOL! Mine probably won't resemble any flower or be as cute as yours. :O)

  11. That turned out so cute and it is nice to have something for the nonsewers. I would make one in red and white.

  12. I'd try a daisy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I can just see this made with black and white checks fort he center and solid yellow for the petals....with a lady bug button resting on her wings... or pink checks with white... or there are sew many fun combos! I love it!

  14. I think I would make the sunflower....I just love it! Thanks for the chance to win a Madame Samm original! :)

  15. You know I follow you!! Even if I don't win, I now have an inspiring and fun project to try!!

  16. I have seen acres & acres of sunflowers - when I was doing graduate work at North Dakota State University (USA). A truly inspiring sight & one of my favorite memories to see whole fields of yellow blooms with their faces to the sun.

    A great project - I am inspired to make one. Thanks!

  17. And thank you for sharing the pdf file, too! :)

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  19. This is adorable - and so customizable!!!!

  20. What a fantastic project. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try and make a daisy.

  21. I'm a follower of your lovely blog.

  22. How about a poppy? red is my favourite colour!
    Thanks for the great tutorial! My only problem would be cutting the foam ball! the noise sets my teeth on edge!!

  23. A Black-Eyed Susan would work well with this pincushion.

  24. You did such a great job with the - so cute.

  25. I'd love to try a cone flower in purples, of course. Yes, I'm a follower, also!

  26. I like the sunflower as well It might be the only sunny thing we get this spring ;)

  27. and but of cours I to am a follower of this wonderful blog
    in stitches

  28. Love sunflowers....and am already a follower!

  29. Such a darling pincushion...love it. I love daisies...that would be a sweet one.

  30. I am now a follower, although I have been a lurker for awhile. ;o)

  31. How cute! I am a follower and always enjoy this blog! I will be making this soon.

  32. I have seen a field of sunflowers and I have to say this is just perfect. I dont think it would be as special as any other flower. If I had to pick though I would say daisy, I would so love to win this1

  33. i would make a black-eyed susan

  34. Madame Samm, I have been a follower since your last blog hop. I had fun! I love yellow roses, but I also love sunflowers too. I can see the pin cushion in these colors. Yellow and black. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

  35. Already a follower. I would have to make a sunflower as I plant them somewhere in my yard each year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. So adorable ,I love a sunflower and I am a follower for a long time now and lovin' it:-) Thanks for the cute tutorial and for the chance at your giveaway.

  37. very cute and clever that you can create. And, the tutorial looks easy to follow. Thanks.

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  39. Sunflowers are pretty special. Although instead of a ruffle one could use prairie points to make a different flower - could be quite exciting. I'm a long time follower.

  40. Thank you so much for the tutorial! You've saved the day....Mother's Day! Now to get busy and make a few of these for the moms in my life! I love the sunflower!:)

  41. So cute. Wish I had your imagination.

  42. Comme c'est mignon, comme je suis pas maman impossible d'en recevoir un en cadeau. Alors je vais le faire. Bonne journée. du Canada

  43. what a great idea. so cute. I would probably make mine with pink fabrics. thanks for sharing this idea.

  44. This is sooo cute! Chance to win..wonderful.
    CathyC in Alberta

  45. I would make a black and orange "tiger lily" to use during the fall and esp. on halloween. Thanks for the chance to win and your sun flower is delightful.

  46. I follow and LOVE this idea! Thanks again!

  47. That is a sweet!!!!!!!! tutorial. I really like the yellow and black fabric. i could see me making a lot of pincushions.

  48. well that is So fun!! I wouldn't want to change a thing since yours is divine. thanks for the chance to win it!!

  49. Madame Samm you never cease to amaze me. What have you been up to since I have been under the weather. And here I thought you were on vacation....but then again things are a little different in our description of vacation....lol Take care of yourself lovely lady and I will check in again.....

  50. What a cute pincushion! Your can never have enough pincushion or patterns for that matter. I am a follower. Thank you for the chance to win.


  51. This sunflower pincushion is as pretty as the observation by the Sister is sweet. Thanks for the tutorial.

  52. I love the sunflower! Precious!
    It would be awesome to win!

  53. Thanks for the adorable sunflower pattern. I love the story of the field of sunflowers. Made me smile!

  54. It was darling the first time I saw, it's grown on me even more. ;) Hope you are enjoying your time away!

  55. Madame this is adorable!! Thanks for the tutorial too. I bet school in France was quite a great experience, lucky girl!!

    I hope your have a lovely week end, just as lovely as you are to us!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  56. What a cute little project!! I love sunflowers too :)


  57. Thank you for the revisited tutorial, it was on my to do list and now my right now list, lol!

  58. I adore how Sister gave you the sunflower analogy. Thank you for this lovely sunflower and for always sharing your techniques and tips. Sunflower sunshine summer bliss dear!

  59. Thank you for revisiting, I must have missed the last onw. Mt summer is so full this year. I do love sunflowers though, so must make this one.

  60. This one brings back some interesting memories with a glue gun. LOL


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