Thursday, February 4, 2010

African Violet Pincushions & GIVEAWAY! *CLOSED*

We found these sweet African Violet pincushions that verybigjen makes. She makes all different varieties of African Violets. She made them out of soda bottle tops, but we wanted a pincushion that was a little bigger so we followed the same steps using baby food jars. They came together very quickly. You can use any colors of felt that you like.
Here is how we made ours ( but if you don't feel like making one yourself, how about winning one of ours? Check out the giveaway details at the end of this post! Sorry...we know it's a long one):


What you need:
  • felt for the flowerpot, dirt, leaves, and flowers
  • small jar
  • embroidery floss in brown, green and yellow
  • stuffing


To make your pattern, trace around the bottom of the jar. Cut out a piece of light brown felt for the bottom of the pot using this circle.

Cut out a circle of dark brown felt for the dirt about 2 1/2 times as big as the lid of the jar.

Cut a piece of light brown felt for the side of the pot that reaches about an inch over the top of the jar and all the way around the jar. (should be a rectangle)

Your pot pieces should look like this.

Sew the bottom to the side of the pot using two strands out of the six of your brown embroidery floss.

Now sew up the side of your pot.

Fold down the top to make your pot. Stuff your jar.

Now sew a quick running stitch around your dirt circle. Pull the thread to make a cup.

Stuff the cup with fiber fill or scraps of your felt.
Now place dirt over the top of your jar and tie the thread closed.

Pull the top of the pot over the edge of the dirt.

Now sew the pot to the dirt using the embroidery floss. You can also sew the bottom of the rim of the pot. (2 strands)

For the leaves you need to cut 2 squares of dark green. The squares should be an inch bigger than the pot on all sides.

Now cut four slits in each square like this. This will be four leaves.

Round out each to make four leaf shapes.

Sew the first set of leaves onto the dirt. Pull the stitches tight to cur and shape the leaves.

Then sew on the second set of leaves. Pull these tight as well to make them look more lifelike.

Now for the flowers. Cut three squares of each shade of purple. Each square should be about an 1 1/2 inch square.

Cut these the same way as the leaves.

Round out each petal.

Do the same for all six pieces.

Lay out your flowers like this.

Using yellow embroidery floss (all six strands) sew the flowers onto the leaves.Spread the stitch out a little like we did hear.

Tie the floss tight. This will shape the flower. Snip the floss leaving about a centimeter of each end.

Do the same with the other two flowers.

And you are done!!


Since this happens to be our 100th post, we want to offer our fabulous readers a chance to win this pretty pincushion (international entries are of course welcome - we love all our readers!)! And how about we throw in the six sparkly decorative pins you see below? All you have to do is leave us a comment by Sunday Feb. 14th and you'll be entered! Want another chance? Followers of our blog get a second entry - just leave us a second, separate comment and let us know you are following! A winner will be chosen by Random.org , and announced on Monday the 15th.

Good luck!
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83 comments:

  1. What a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I just gotta have one. I love african violets. and I wouldn't kill this one.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  2. I just adore it and will try to make one myself. Since one of my boys is allergic to almost any flour I miss them terrible.

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  3. Ooooh what darling little pincushions Maggie !! Please enter me in your contest : )
    ♥ Benita

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  4. So cute! Glad for the chance to win- I love African violets, but I always manage to kill the real ones...

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  5. Oh- and I'm a follower of your blog. It's in my feed reader.

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  6. So cute! I need a pincushion something terrible...I just started sewing and never thought to get one! Duh. Love your blog!

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  7. I love theses. The directions are so simple. I may have to try this one.

    Am a follower. Put my name in the hat.

    Sandi
    impatientcajun.blogspot.com

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  8. I love this project! And I'm following your blog :)

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  9. These are just so cute! Finally, a flower that my cat won't eat! I'll definitely have to try this.

    Sarah
    durham-knits.dreamwidth.org

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  10. Shut up! I love those sparkle pins!! Here's hoping I'm lucky again! :o)

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  11. Adorable! I love this pincushion. Thanks for sharing the tut.

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  12. Awesome! I was just wondering about gifts for Cid's teacher and her assistance. This would be great:)

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  13. Love this pincushion. Most creative by far.

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  14. wow! this is a great tutorial -- thank you!

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  15. That is so awesome!
    I definitely have to make one, that are my mother-in-law’s favorite flowers, what a lovely present for her!!!

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  16. This is so cute! If I don't win it I'll definitely try to make my own :)
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  17. Oooh, this would actually also work really well as an african violet pot for a kid's kitchen! Beautiful!

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  18. I love it. African violets remind me of my Opa who always had numerous little pots with healthy vital flowering plants near the windows. I've added it to my must try soon list. Thanks!

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  19. I think I'll just have to try my hand at these for gifts for my sorority sisters (our flower is the violet). While we may be long out of college I think they will love the reminder of our wonderful days there. How super sweet!

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  20. I love this pincushion. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  21. African Violets were my grandmother's favorite. She was so good at growing them.

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  22. Such a lovely pincushion! Thanks for the tutorial. If I don't win I will just have to make one! :)

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  23. Love the pincushion. If I don't win, I'll have to make one.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  24. The pincushion is beautiful. It reminds me of my grandma, who is an avid sewer and has plants in her windowsill. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Very cute. I'm teaching my 8 year old to sew, and I think she would love something like this. I found your blog through a Ruffles & Stuff feature.

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  26. These are adorable. I'm thinking, if you used an unbreakable container, like the kind premade frosting comes in, these could easily be crafted for flowers for play kitchens. Thanks for a great tute. I'll be linking on Facebook :)

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  27. Hi I´m starting on sewing, I would love to have this pincushion since I don´t think mine would look so lovely!!!
    Thank you!!!

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  28. This is adorable. Looks easy but I am sure the crafter made it look that way. Great job :)

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  29. These really are adorable. I wish my fingers were nimble enough to pull off sewing!

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  30. Very cute! My daughter (7) just took her first sewing lessons, and she loves it! This would be such a nice addition to her sewing kit. Thank you!

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  31. Oops! I forgot to mention that I follow your blog everyday.

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  32. congrats on the 100th post!! fun giveaway!!!

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  33. Love this!!! My Daughter's name is Violet, so we always try to find treasures of her namesake, and I have to say this is one of the cutest I have ever seen. Well Done!

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  34. Hello there! Just anted to let you know that I have linked you in my blog!!!

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  35. Hi Maggie & Rebecca!
    Este proyecto es hermoso
    Like Sandi I said:
    Put my name en the hat!
    I am follower now!

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  36. So cute. I tried these with an old prescription bottle & it was too top heavy so my daughter added it to her play room. Thanks for the tutorial. Yours turned out so cute. If I don't win I'll have to track down a baby food jar & hope for better results.

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  37. thanks for all the ideas. I am a follower of your blog.

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  38. What a pretty pincushion! I would love to be entered.

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  39. Wonderful! A perfect gift to be displayed on office desks, too...

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  40. Thanks for sharing this great project!

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  41. Too cute! I love these! Especially because I have had a hard time keeping my real ones alive. They remind me of my grandma :)

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  42. What a lovely pincusion! African Viloets were my grandma's favourite.

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  43. How cute and creative these are! Now if only I could find the perfect colors...

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  44. I just love that pincushion! It's so darn cute!!! And how creative! What a charming addition to a craft room...I HAVE to make one for my mom, she actually cultivates African Violets IN her sewing room (no joke!) so this would be perfect for her!!!

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  45. I LOVE this! If I don't win, I'll have to make one for my mom's birthday. My mom always had African Violets growing around the house. I, alas, can't keep plants alive. :( Maybe I'll make one for myself, too!

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  46. how wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  47. oh how so so so cute. i looked after my mums (real) african violet when she went away on holiday and now my window sill is sadly empty...hint hint hint!!!
    thanks for a chance to win
    rebecca from malta!

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  48. so cute I am in need of a pincushion!

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  49. I am now a follower of your blog (I found you via Today's creative blog, fyi!)

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  50. Awesome tutorial! African violets remind me of my mother and grandmother - I see one of these beauties gracing my sewing table soon!

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  51. Beautiful! What a great giveaway.

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  52. just started following you now!

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  53. What an adorable pincushion!
    Thank you for the great tutorial. If I don't win one, I will definitely be making one :)
    hugs,
    heidi
    heidig@gmail.com

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  54. I am a brand new follower. I can't believe I had never stumbled here before - so many fabulous tutes!
    I love this one, as well as the great insanely easy throw pillow.
    hugs,
    heidi
    heidig@gmail.com

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  55. This is so clever. I may have to try to make one if I don't win. I've had no luck with real African Violets.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  56. What an awesomely cute idea! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  57. Totally cute! I heart pincushions!

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  58. I am a new follower as well! Hooray for craft ideas! :)

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  59. Would love to have one of these pincushions, and here's why: my mother used to grow African violets, and she recently passed away. It would remind me of her every time I sat down to sew.

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  60. count me in! these are so stinkin' cute!! :)

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  61. I love this! Found your blog via a group on FB and will definitely try to make this pincushion, what an original idea :)

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  62. Good evening! Or morning probably... I just finished mine :) I posted it on my blog and linked back to you, I hope thats ok. I hope you like it!
    http://mybusycraftlife.blogspot.com/2010/05/pincushion-tutorial-2.html

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  63. Hello again!
    Just to say that I give it a try and made two for mother's day!

    http://papgenamadeit.blogspot.com/2010/05/ultimos-trabalhoslast-works.html

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