English Paper Piecing method (click to see a tutorial). Siobhan's doing it and so is Texas Freckles who has a whole lotta people corralled into a hexagon by now. Check them all out. In fact, Sunshine has come up with a cool yo yo crochet method and is doing a giveaway of her book. Me, I am sorely tempted - and probably will break down and do SOME teeny tiny hexies; but, for now, this is what I've had going on . . .
One day I was serching for pincushions and came upon the Kootoyou blog. If you follow the link you'll scroll down until you see the pincushion. She's got a slideshow presentation with instructions PLUS a downloadable PDF file complete with templates.
I cut out the templates, got out my scrap box and as you can see, ended up with quite a few hexagonal shaped pincushions. My friend and I have been picking up button collections lately. She found the bag at the hospice thrift store that had the ceramic birdie button (and quite a few other birdhouse buttons). Isn't it Tweet? Sorry, just could not resist the bad pun. I thought it looked adorable on the red, white and blue pincushion.
Kootoyou's instructions are for hand-piecing. While I admire the diligence of hand-piecing, I just haven't got the time. So, I cut the pieces out and chain stitched them on the sewing machine so that I ended up with two halves that got sewn together to form the top which was then united with the bottom, the whole was stuffed and then whip-stitched into shape. One thing I really liked about this shape was that the straight edge of the whip-stitch closure was supposed to be straight. What I mean is that when I do a circular pincushion, invariably the hole, when closed, looks more straight than curved like the rest of the cushion. I usually do a lot of massaging to get that little half inch to match the rest of the circle's curve. That wasn't a problem here. Even less time spent; YAY!
I've made quite a few pincushions lately, trying different shapes and sizes. They're quick to make and can be done mostly with scraps. Although, I suspect I'll begin to run out of scraps soon! But, anything that I can do with a more bang for your buck sort of zest to it is great! I've gotten several books with cute pincushions in them too. A review and listing of them will have to wait for another entry.
Finally, I shop at Nancy's Notions often and got a sale catalog this weekend. One thing I noticed is that they have 14-count Aida available by the yard for $8.99. I think that's a pretty reasonable price. If anyone out there uses Aida, this might be for you!