Saturday, May 9, 2009

Tick, tock...,

Thank you all for humoring me with my soppy previous post!, the exhibition opening went well, as did his speech.  As a way of saying thank you, I spent yesterday evening working on a new tutorial, and here it is..., a wrist watch pin cushion!. 

To make one, you will need...,

2 circles, measuring 8cm across of coloured felt (I've used a felted jumper)
1 circle, measuring 5.5cm of cream felt
1 strip of fabric, 3cm wide and long enough to wrap round your wrist with a 3cm overlap
1 strip of felt, same size as fabric strip
selection of small buttons
embroidery thread (I've used pearl cotton 8)
small amount of stuffing
1 snap fastener
pins, sewing needle, scissors, sewing machine (optional)

First, take the strips of fabric and felt, place them wrong sides together, pin and stitch all the way round the edge in blanket stitch.

Take one of the circles of coloured felt, and cut two, 3cm long slits.  Thread the strap through, making sure the felt circle is right side up, and the strap has the fabric side facing down.  Secure the strap in place with a few stitches.  Put this to one side while you work on the watch face.

Next, embroider the watch face numbers, either by hand, or you can do this by free machining on a sewing machine.  If you are a bit unsure how to do machine embroidery, I have a video tutorial posted on You Tube which explains how to do it!  It will help, to get the spacing right, to do the 12, 3, 6 and 9 first, then fill in the gaps with the other numbers.

Now, going back to the strap piece and holding it fabric side up, take the other circle of coloured felt, and place this, right side up, on top of the first felt circle.  Stitch blanket stitch all round the edge to join the two together, stop when you just have 5 cm left to sew, and stuff the watch face via this gap.  Once you are happy with the shape, continue sewing to close.  Attach the watch face with a few random straight stitches (I always prefer to do this part after it has been stuffed so I can get the positioning right, as stuffing it quite often changes the shape).  Add a winder to the right hand side, I did this by attaching two small buttons, one on top of the other.  Sew on another button centrally on the watch face, and embroider on the clock hands.

I made mine to say, 8 o'clock, my favorite time.  If it's 8am and we're still in bed, it means we've had a lie in, and 8pm, is when the kids are tucked up in bed, and I start sewing!

Test the strap round your wrist, and mark with a pin whereabouts the snap fastener needs to go.  Sew on the fastener, then add a button on the outside of the strap, although this is purely for decoration.

and there you go!.  It looks big on me, but I have ridiculously tiny wrists.  Just adjust the sizes of the circles if you want to make yours smaller.

As always, if you make one, I love to see your creations, please join the 'Lucykate Crafts... pattern pieces' group on Flickr and post your work there!

Happy stitching!

52 comments:

*Ana* said...

it is very original! i like very much!

Anita said...

I love your new pin cushion, so creative! thank you for sharing.

Hannah said...

I really like this! Such a good idea. I have large wrists so I would be ok I think ;)

mammka said...

Cool idea,i love it!
Monika

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

OH WOW! I am pincushion crazy right now! I can't wait to make one! THANK YOU for sharing! How precious!

Dolci Fusa said...

So funny!!
Vero

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

that is a cool idea - great tutorial - i may well give this a try as i have a huge blanket i felted & dyed and still only made one little thing from it!

The Dotty One said...

Thanks for the gorgeous tutorial - I love it. I'm going to add it to my growing list of things to do when I have the time!

Needled Mom said...

This is adorable. Thanks for posting it.

RuRebo said...

That's a wonderful idea!
I'll make one for my husband, he is connecting watches.

andrea creates said...

Thanks for sharing-that is so neat:)

Greedy Nan said...

I like this very much; I don't wear a watch but I could set the time on this one to my best one and live in the moment!

busy lizzie said...

that is gorgeous. thanks for the tute!

busy lizzie said...

that is gorgeous. thanks for the tute!

AnnaVallance said...

That is the cutest thing ever!

Laura Marsh said...

This is a really sweet idea, I'll have to try it! Thanks Laura

Swirlyarts said...

Oh fabulous!! I love it :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow! This is fantastic, I love it! I'll be linking.

Swirlyarts said...

I hope you don't mind but I have put up your tutorial on Cuteable tonight :) http://cuteable.com/

Ingrid. said...

Nice , thank you !
Gr. Ingrid.

Felt Sew Good said...

This is really cute! Great tutorial. This is something I would really use myself and it would also make a great gift for any sewing enthusiast

Sarah Doyle said...

This is awesome --- and also perfect for a child's "watch" -- My grandchildren LOVE their new watches. Thanks so much for the tutorial! Also, I'm gonna be putting it on our http://SewingBusiness.com blog. SUPER idea you had!!!

Sarah J Doyle
http://PatternsThatFitYou.com
http://SewingBusiness.com blog

Melanie said...

"Time will Tell" when I will make this adorable pin cushion!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

That is so sweet!!

RootsAndWingsCo said...

This is probably the cutest pin cushion I've ever seen!! What a treat to find it today.

Anjeanette

The Fam Editor said...

That is the cutest thing I have ever seem. and what a great idea!

www.thestitchedpocket.blogspot.com

kedicibasi said...

super.amazing!

Ginger said...

Absolutely ! So sweet.
Loved the pin cushion so very clever.
Thank you for sharing it with all of us,
hugs

WoolenSails said...

I love it, how original.
It will make a great idea for gift giving.

Debbie

ptitecroix said...

c'est chouette !!!!!!!!!!!!

Carrie P. said...

Too cute!! So fun.

Christine says: said...

Wonderful, beautiful idea! :)

Patty said...

This is such a cute idea. Thank you for the great tutorial! I made one last night and it was fun and only took a few hours.

Anonymous said...

The watch pin cushion is such a kewl idea!! You are sew crafty and enjoy your site very much, spend alot of time there.

Linda J
Va Bch VA

Leyya said...

very nice idea))

acardaday said...

Amy, you are just toooooooooo cute! Thanks for sharing another awesome tutorial :)
nova
x

Isabelle said...

Great ! I have to make one quick !
Thanks for sharing!

Edil pontes said...

Muito fofo seu blog,amei.
Bjos
Edil Pontes

Ana Jordán Davia said...

Hola Lucy:
Siguiendo tu tutorial he hecho el reloj, con variaciones pero con tu idea. Me gustaría ponerlo en mi blog con un enlace al tuyo, si me das permiso.
Espero tu respuesta.
Besos desde Madrid, España,
Ana del Badulake.

MURIEL said...

Quelle belle idée ! merci pour le tuto ! dès que je l'aurai réalisée je t'enverrai une photo. Tout ton blog est génial et tes créations sont superbes !
Beautiful !

Muriel(France, Vosges)

Carine Calé said...

Dear Lucykate,
Thank you very much for your amazing and gorgeous tutorial!!!
Best Regards
Carine

Dees said...

Oh man,if it wasn't for people like you!Thank you sooooooo much for this GORGEOUS and AWESOME tutorial!and also for making me aware of the freestyle button on my machine!!!Wahoooo!I am freestyling like a madwoman and laughing out loud while doing it!!
Dear Kate you are a true jem!I am so happy to have found your lovely blog!many warm dutch thank you hugs!Dees

Vânia G. said...

Olá Lucy,
Adorei o alfineteiro relógio muito original.
Obrigado pelo tutorial.
Abraço
Vânia G

Rute G. said...

Olá Lucy
Adorei o teu blog!!!
Este alfineteiro está fantástico,obrigada pela partilhe um destes dias vou experimentar:)
Beijinhos

Mirian said...

Congratulations I loved this watch, I made a adaptção to apply in a case of watches, but I posted to your group on flikr and also given the credit on my blog. Thanks for sharing kisses Mirian

jrexgis said...

very lovely idea you have here, why dont you try some innovations to your work? i suggest you try placing a real watch mechanism to your work.. i think it would be a better hit for your fabulous work.

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craftystaci.com said...

This is adorable! I'm including it in my Friday Favorites this week!

Anonymous said...

I use a wrist pin cushion for sewing but this one you made is awesome. What a great idea!!! I have also had the opportunity to visit your beautiful country & the people & country won my heart. I visited Manchester & York ":) I don't blog but like to visit sites to get ideas for gifts. Thanks for sharing!!!
Susan of California U.S.A

Patry said...

Ciao Lucy...anch'io ho creato un orologio in feltro.Se passi dal mio blog, mi piacerebbe sapere che ne pensi.Il tuo è originalissimo, simpatico e utile!Brava!Mi sono unita ai tuoi sostenitori con vero piacere!Un saluto " a tutto cuore " Patry

Angie Bonehill said...

This is great...cant wait to have a go, thank you

Attiya Ramzan said...

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Onellyantie Chuah said...

This is the cutest pin cushion I've ever seen! So adorable!