Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Revisited....Pumpkin Patch Pin Cushion Tutorial. ( lots and lots of photos)

It is so cool where we are this morning, I can feel the AUTUMN 
in the air...which of course got me thinking pumpkins...
and thanksgiving....we are in the middle of August...
I am not ready to say goodbye to summer but I think
Mother Nature has her own plans...
Soooooo let's embrace it...

Hi, Pumpkin Patch Pin Cushion Wantobe Designer… 

 Have you purchased patterns in the past and was determined to create what the pattern cover looked like only to find there were many “missing steps’? No, then you are sooooooo lucky. And you are possibly a Genius at making any patterns.  Don't even bother reading anymore, this will not interest you in the least...

 I on the other hand have not been so lucky, I cannot even tell you how many patterns I have in boxes and cabinets that I have purchased and will never ever make…Do you know why?????? Because I could not figure them out, I must be a terrible student, but after hundreds of books and patterns I just don't get it, I  QUIT. I swore I would never ever purchase another pattern unless it had lots and lots of photos. LIKE every step –so all I have to do is follow them-- kind of pattern. ( and I  get the same results) 

I am so over it, purchasing patterns for their lovely cover page only to find that what I really spent my money on was  that 1 photo. There was nothing else in the pattern, lots of instructions and poorly written at that.  If there were diagrams, I could not even figure those out. Tell me I am not the only one who has experienced this? 

 Did you know that most creative individuals who come up with great ideas do so because they could not find what they were looking for? Out of desperation, lot’s of $$$’s wasted, they invent something or develop a technique that works for them. ( and possibly others). Yep!

 WEllllll I am one of those creative people. I am a visual learner. God knows it has taken me years to figure that out but I get it now. I purchased my last pattern book last week, it cost me $49.00. Not to embarrass the author but realllllllly her book was a marketing tool for her art quilts. There were no “special hints and clues” as documented on the cover of her book, no mastery techniques that will have me drafting better patterns…. In fact the only credit I will give her was she mastered to get $49.00 out of me. We move on, lesson learned. ( I know I said I was not buying any more, but she had lots of photos…just not any that would have helped me in my quest)

So where am I going with this..... I will tell you, I wanted to share a pattern- ( this one) , if you have not seen any of my patterns to date...I fill each pattern with tons of photos...and here is the most amazing thing, I have had  1 complaint and that was regarding toooo many photos in my pattern. And yes my patterns are pages upon pages of photos and notes, and yes sadly I only offer them in PDF format...BUT I will tell you, I very seldom get any emails saying they were not successful in getting results. And most create many many duplicates of my patterns, I am told some of them are a bit addicting...The UR priceless coin purse and the Tammy Bag come to mind!

 Soooooo, here I am today, after 20+ photos to help you make a very simple pin cushion. WEllll let’s just say it looks simple. Most of you would think “I can do that, and mine will look as perfect as hers”. This pattern will not be for YOU! Wink!

 It is for those who want to make it exactly like this… And yes it is easy- one very simple pattern piece, but here is where this pattern will be different than many others you have purchased. I show you every step, every detail, every trick, every hint, nothing held back. 

I even tell you where to get your needles, threads.... In fact for future ideas especially pin cushions or DOOR STOPPERs ( new year blog hop)   YOU will be successful in your creative zen.  If you choose any of these pumpkins in the pumpkin patch , I swear yours will look the same if you follow all the photos and purchase the same material or similar..or my name is not Mdm Samm!

Ok, are you ready to make a very simple 

Fabric requirement

1/4 yard for your pumpkin pieces
10 inches x 2 inch for your stem, alternate colour...brown, black, green...whatever..
rice about 1/4 cup 
fiberfill ( stuffing) about a handfull
Presencia thread
Aurifil thread

( pattern is at the bottom of this post) 

Now why place your pattern piece towards the selvage edge...?
Quilting Fabrics have more stretch ( crosswise grain) and less ( lenghtwise grain)
YOU want it to stretch from the top to the bottom of your pumpkin...( crosswise grain)
If you are not sure which is which...TRY this stretch test...
YOU want your stretch of fabric to go from the top of pumpkin to the bottom,
not across, otherwise your shape will not be pumpkin like.. Make sense?

I tripled my fabric, pinned and cut and repeated again with 4 pieces of fabric...
YOU need 7 individual pieces...

Use a hot dry iron so it does not stretch your fabric. 
I love love love my Reliable Sensor iron...most dependable iron that I have ever used...

Sew one at a time until all of them have been stitched, when you get to the last one...
 #7 leave 2 inches open from the top and backstitch where you place your last stitch...

Here is what you will need....NOT all that rice or stuffing goes into that pin cushion..
this day I was making 5 of them....The bowl with rice in it, makes it easier for clean up...
The black piece of fabric there is for your stem...more on that below..

I love Aurifil thread for many reasons, our machines love it, it is very thin, so you don't see the stitches
and it holds up like no other on the market... Ohhh and those wee Dovo scissors my favourite
scissors in the whole wide world...YOU can find them here at Anita's online store..
she has a wide variety. These are the 3 1/2 size..perfect for hand sewing and cutting....

Take your 10 inch piece and roll like a pipe...trim off end pieces when completed stitching...
it will fray and that will look just fine.... now put that stem aside for now....

Turn your pumpkin right side out.. and place pumpkin shell in your rice bowl...

I used a small teaspoon to pour into opening...

Leave enough room for some stuffing...this will just look better and the pins will stay in 
your pin cushion...

I chose some Orange Aurifil thread and stitched close to the edge seam...in and out...
not over the top stitching...

See how my stitching is close to the edge and almost invisible...
now Place your stem inside, push in about 1/2 inch...

Now stitch right through stem to other side of pumpkin shell...

Piecemakers needles are perfect for any stitching where you need a longer
needle...they are sharp and ideal for making dolls ( for future -blog hop
use when adding head and limbs
to your doll)
 in this case....perfect for squeezing pumpkin together to give a full look...

I use Presencia thread #8 for the thread to squeeze the pumpkin from top to bottom..
That bubble gum casing is just great to keep your thread together...
Those you can find anywhere...

Double your thread and begin at the bottom and knot there, then insert needle towards
the top and thread and pull each time to bring it all in....I do this 3 x ...

YOU have completed your pumpkin when you knotted your theads on the top and bury
it is closest to the stem...

For A large variety of theme buttons, you can go to SHELLY BUTTONS AND MORE...
she has allllll of these buttons and so much more...

And how to make these 

ALSO FREE and loads of links to purchase supplies...

 I just turned the pattern this way so you could see it...you can copy this and print 

and it should print 5.5 in length and 2 inches wide. 

Nobody ever achieves any success without others. So to Reliable a Reliable Sensor Iron, 
Shellys Buttons and More for Buttons, Anita at Anita little stitches for Dovo Scissors,
Colonial Needle for Presencia Threads and Aurifil for their BEST in threads... PieceMakers doll Needles, Thank you for creating and providing such terrific sewing and quilting tools. 

Ohhh this gingham fabric was from a collection Now we are going Places...by Monica Lee
who has retired from fabric making....sadly too...she was really good!  
The top gingham pumpkin is no other than Riley Blake Designs gingham ( 1/2 inch)
LOVE love love their ginghams!

By the way this simple pumpkin patch pin cushion pattern, took me ONLY 1 week to create, 63   23 hours ( thanks to TJ for the note)  to take photos, edit, and write...simple YOU BET ...wink!  ( been up far too many hours)
Still in exams this week! 

See you soon at Wicked... theme this year..

and ps...since last writing this I have purchased 
a couple patterns.. so my feelings at the time have certainly changed
for the better...
really creates amazing easy to follow, lot's of photos
(a winter project I am now working on ) 


  1. Una idea genial para tener una calabaza siempre a mano Besos

  2. Thank you ...thank you! You really do share the BEST tutorials! I am going to make one of these this afternoon! I made an apple last week and now I see a tip I needed. I wondered how you get the top to cave in a bit. Thread goes from top to bottom....3 times! I get it now! You are the smartest friend I have! heehee! Sweet hugs girlfriend!

  3. Terrific tut as usual. Gingham pumpkin is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you, thank you, and Thank you again! I love your pinnie and I plan to make them along with the fancy pins for Christmas for my quilty gal-pals. Have you ever tried steel wool in your pinnies? Supposedly they help to keep pins sharp... I would but am afraid it will rust...hmmm, I wonder if there is such a thing as STAINLESS steel wool? Anyway, did I say THANK YOU?

  5. Aww it's do cute..
    I love it
    Thank you for sharing dear
    Hugs x

  6. oooh Thank you! What a darling pincushion. Thank you for sharing! I will attempt to make one:) love Annette

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  8. I love your pumpkin pin cushion. Thank you for sharing the pattern with us Madame Samm.

  9. Your pumpkin pincushion is so cute. Thanks for all the time you are giving us. Have a great week

  10. Great tutorial and pattern of your cute little pumpkin. Love those pins, too!

  11. Granddaddy always said never let a day go by that you don't learn something new and I did learn something new today. The tip on pulling the thread from top to bottom to "squish" the pumpkin down to give it it's "look" of a pumpkin is new to me! I wish I had known that when I made one of these pin cushions during the Pin it blog hop. I gave mine away and it would have been so much nicer if it had done this step.

    I have bought a few patterns over the course of my 34 year sewing and quilting career that were missing some steps or that were so poorly written that I could not figure out how to create the item. But for the most part, I have had good luck. I truly appreciate the time and dedication that all pattern designers give to their craft for those of us who do not have that kind of artsy brain.

    What would we do without our pattern designers. Kudos to you all!

  12. (Standing, clapping) Bravo! Bravo! Wonderful tutorial....thank you for all of the time and work you invested in this, so we could all make and enjoy these. You're the best! Happy Thanksgiving! (I hear you celebrate yours before ours! LOL)

  13. I agree with you 100% about purchased hard copy patterns! Too many times the instructions are carp. I've been known to contact the pattern maker to ask for further assistance. So far I've been lucky and they have replied giving me the info I need to continue. Return the book since it's not what you expected. Yep, I've done that too.

    I'm now singing "Every Picture Tells a Story" by Rod Stewart. More pictures is better when it comes to patterns. No such thing as too many pictures. Love your patterns because they are loaded with pictures along with clear instructions to complete the project. Fabulous tutorial!

  14. Oh these are just too darn cute. I think I need a bunch for a pumpkin patch of my own! :-)

  15. Oh Samm! I know just what you mean! THOSE BOOKS DRIVE ME CRAZY! It's so aggravating when you feel like you're getting some amazing piece of wisdom and then feel like you've been taken for a ride. So sorry to hear it happened to you, someone who always tries to give, give give!!

    I love your patterns--please don't ever stop including so many photos. Like most quilters, I'm a visual person who would rather follow along with ample, well-sized photos than what I usually find in patterns today-small photos with text that needs a proofreader.

    While I'm on my soapbox, let me say THANK YOU for offering a FREE PATTERN today because somehow it's become the norm to pay $10 for a pattern that requires MY paper and MY ink! I realize that times are changing, but when you offer me something FREE, it's like reducing the cost of your other patterns that I (gladly!) pay for. WEll, that and your patterns are like, what 72 pages?!!!! TOTALLY worth it!!!!!

  16. Fabulous pumpkin patch and awesome directions! There will be pumpkins popping up everywhere! Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Lovely pincushion, Samm. Thank You for the pattern.
    Blessings from Poland !!!

  18. What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving Day! Thanks for a great pin cushion pattern.

  19. Thank you, thank you for the pattern and also for those wonderful instructions - especially the reference to the dollmaking needles. I need a pin cushion by every chair, and it must be fat and easy to find. This will make a pleasing and unusual addition to my "flock". Bless you for spending so much of your precious time doing this. Sandra -- swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  20. Thank you, Now to get busy and make my pumpkin! Love the idea of going through the middle to get the perfect shape. As usual you have out done yourself on instructions. Great job.
    Hope you had a great weekend.

  21. amen sistah!!!! spending money on a book or pattern can be soooo frustrating! thank you for the cute pumpkin pincushion, its darn cute AND it made sense! you are a sweetie! so looking forward to the wicked blog hop. hugs....

  22. Darling with all those adorable pins.

  23. My dear like you I have many of those patterns too and look you I am visual learner . ( Monkey see Monkey do). I have been very sick with Bronchitis but feeling a bit better so maybe I will try one wee pin cushion tomorrow

  24. Goodness, only 63!! You're a marvel. Thanks for the pattern.

  25. What a cute pincushion! Thanks for taking th time to do the tutorial and share with us :)

  26. Thank you for the pattern. It is very clear and could be made just using the pictures! Amazing. However....... I do have one complaint. Well, not a complaint. It is more of a tip. It has to do with the dried rice in the pincushion. No pictures or how to on that.... In another pattern I made (no pictures) it specified to "dry the rice out in the microwave". Well, one smoke alarm and one BAD smelling microwave later...... I will not bore you with the details. I'll just say that I will never do that again. Rice can be used straight out of the packet or bag. Lesson learned!

    1. Dry rice is rice from the bag, ypu do not need to do anything except open up the bag and spoon it nto the pin cushion...
      When i mentioned dry rice, i meant not wet lol no microvave ever needs to be near this rice...ever never ...

  27. Wonderful tutorial and I am like you.......lots of photos make it so much easier to follow a pattern! Great job!

  28. So perfect for the season. They are darling. Thanks for showing how to make them. Thank you!

  29. They are as cute as a button! I have a bunch of books also, and wonder why I spent the money. Beautiful tutorial!!

  30. Uber cute pumpkins and pins. Thank you sew very much for sharing your how to and pattern. BOO-tiful Dear...

  31. Very good tutorial. Love the detailed pictures. I bet we will see lots of pumpkins in the next Wicked Hop.

  32. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. You write a great tutorial! Hm, could be the beginning of a career in writing quilt books. I am just saying-hint. Love the aurifil l thread- I am using my first ever spool now to sew on a binding. It is awesome!! Can't wait to start my pumpkins!

  33. What a great tutorial Samm! Can't wait to make a few of these. :). Blessings, Marlene

  34. That is the cutest pumpkin pincushion ever!! I love it :)


  35. I thought your tutorial was phenominal. I read through it, looked at ALL the pictures and made this little lovely. It' turned out adorably. Like you, I'm a visual person, so too many pictures is not a bad thing. I was thrilled with the tutorial and the end result. Thank you.

  36. Love the lots and lots of photos. And this tutorial! Since a picture is worth a thousand words . . . it looks as though even I could make this cute little pumpkin pin'. Nice photos, as usual.

  37. Bravo! You did such a great job on your sweet little pumpkin pin cushion pattern! Your decorated pins are also adorable!
    I voted for you, too!

  38. You are preaching to the choir when it comes to following patterns! I feel so learning disabled when trying to figure out a pattern or visualize what the author is poorly describing with words. I too have dozens of pattern books in my collection and I give them away for gifts hoping someone more gifted than me can utilize the instructions. YOUR patterns however are excellent and I can always follow them from beginning to end. I have found some patterns on Moda Bakeshop that are good and it's mainly because each step is documented with a picture!!! I Love this pumpkin tutorial, Samm
    Gmama Jane

    The button pins are darling and I'm so very honored to be the proud owner of some of your famous button pins!! Thank you SEW much! Your friendship is priceless...You get me!! IHCP

  39. Thanks for the pictures! I am also a visual learner. I can usually figure out a pattern just from the pictures or from someone showing me how. "A picture is worth a thousand words"!

  40. Fantastic tutorial and pictures as usual, Love your cute pumpkins!

  41. Adorable pumpkin pincushion...love your easy-to-follow tutorial (I, too, am a visual learner and appreciate those who create tutorials with lots and lots of pics or videos!!!) Thanks for sharing! You got my vote on Craftsy :)

  42. Totally with you on the pattern front. Yours was a real winner - just how I would like mine to be. I loved your clear instructions and photos. I dream of having a "proper" camera but will just have to make do with my little point and shoot digital. Thanks again for sharing a great pattern.

  43. Thanks for sharing such a cute pattern and tutorial.

  44. Madamm Samm you are sew very incredible and generous to share your pattern and technique. This is an adorable pumpkin pin cushion. Halloween Happiness...

  45. Good morning dear Madame Samm,
    your nice words came again at the right time
    Many thanks.
    Your loving pumpkin workshop is great
    Thanks for this ..
    Very beautiful fabrics you used and loving details.
    Many lovely weekend greetings
    from your slowly swan

  46. Revisiting these tutorials is so fun. Your patterns are always thorough and easy to follow with very clear pictures of every step. Thank you for always inspiring.

  47. Oh these are sew cute too!! Your tutorials and instructions are always so well written and the Photos, well pooey on the one that says there are too many. They are beautiful to look at!! Thank~you, sincerely for the time you put into your work that you share with us, and even the patterns I have purchased from Craftsy are worth there weight in gold and worth every penny!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  48. Your pumpkin pincushion is sew sweet, perfect for Fall! Thank you for sharing your tutorial.


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