Crafting Laughs: How to Make a Funny Pincushion with Cricut

Crafting Laughs: How to Make a Funny Pincushion with Cricut

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Who says sewing can’t be fun?

(Probably people who only sew to fix things.) If you’re tired of the same old pincushion and want to inject some humor into your sewing room, look no further!

In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a hilarious “Please enter your PIN” ATM touch pad pincushion using Cricut Design Space and Cricut All Access. This unique pincushion is not only practical but also sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who loves to sew. Let’s dive in and start crafting!

SEE THE PROJECT ON CRICUT

Funny ATM Pincushion

MATERIALS:

    Step 1: Get the pincushion cut files

    To get started, you’ll need access to the “Please enter your PIN” pincushion project, available exclusively on Cricut Design Space and Cricut All Access.

    As an All Access member you can go to the project, click “MAKE IT” and it will be perfectly sized and added to your cutting mat like magic! Don’t forget to turn on “mirror” before cutting your HTV vinyl.

    Not a member? Not to worry! You can buy the design and set it up yourself. Go to my Design Space profile and search “enter your pin” (be sure to follow me so you can see all the designs I have now and in the future!) But the design, add it to your mat and resize to 2″ wide, keeping the lock closed so it resizes proportionally. You can flip the design horizontally now or wait and choose “mirror” on the cutting mat screen.

    Step 2: Cut the design out of Heat Transfer Vinyl

    Be sure that your design is mirrored (looks backwards) before cutting from your HTV.

    Step 3: Press design on fabric

    Follow the Cricut guidelines for your heat press and press the design onto one of your 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of white cotton fabric.

    Step 4: Assemble the Pincushion

    Right sides together, sew the two 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces of white cotton fabric together on 3 sides, leaving the bottom, short side open. Use polyfill to give your pincushion its 3D shape. Make sure it’s firm but not overfilled. Hand stitch the open end closed.

    Congratulations! You’ve just created a one-of-a-kind, funny pincushion that’s perfect for anyone who sews. Not only is it a functional sewing accessory, but it also doubles as a conversation starter. Your sewing room just got a whole lot more entertaining!

    Love this idea?

    Leave a comment and let me know if you’re going to make the pincushion for yourself, for someone else or to sell for some mad money.

    If you use this tutorial & post on Instagram be sure to tag me (@artisttarareed) so I can see.

    Follow me in Design Space for new projects and inspiration.

    🧵 Tara Reed

    P.S. Is there a Cricut design you’d love to see? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my idea list!

     

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    Mastering the Art of Sewing a Kippah – Free Kippah Pattern

    Mastering the Art of Sewing a Kippah – Free Kippah Pattern

    Kippah Pattern

    This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)!

    If you are looking for a kippah pattern, you’ve come to the right place. One of my most visited blog posts and YouTube videos is how to sew a kippah, also known as a yarmulke.

    With the release of my second Hanukkah fabric line from Riley Blake Designs, Hanukkah Nights, I decided it was time to take the pattern up a notch.

    JUMP TO THE VIDEO

    I’ve combined two of my favorite things: sewing and crafting with my Cricut Maker.

    You can still get the kippah pattern instructions and template for free (with updated photos showing my new fabric collection). If you have a Cricut Maker and like to use it to cut fabric, I have a pattern for sale in my Etsy Shop.

    If you’re passionate about crafting and want to share your creations with the world, you can open your own Etsy shop. To help you with pricing and budgeting, you can use the Etsy calculator.

    Since each kippah uses 12 pieces of fabric, 6 for the outside and 6 for the lining, it’s a big time saver to let your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric take care of the cutting so you can do the sewing!

    free kippah sewing pattern and template
    cricut maker pattern - kippah pattern

    In the video below I share tips on cutting directional fabric by hand with the template so you don’t have menorahs or other objects upside down on a man’s head. I also show you how to set up and cut the pieces using your machine.

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
    00:00 introduction
    00:44 Use template and cut fabric by hand
    01:11 How to cut directional fabric
    03:40 Set up SVG files in Cricut
    04:56 Put fabric on Cricut Mat
    06:54 Cut fabric with Cricut
    07:31 Remove fabric from mat
    08:15 Cleaning your fabric mat

    If you use either of my patterns and post them on Instagram I hope you tag me so I can see!

    🧵 Tara Reed

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    DIY Baby Shower Gift – How to Sew Baby Bibs in 4 sizes

    DIY Baby Shower Gift – How to Sew Baby Bibs in 4 sizes

    Sewing for Baby: Templates & Tutorial for 4 sizes of Baby Bibs

    Welcome to this DIY tutorial on how to sew baby bibs in 4 different sizes!

    Whether you’re an experienced seamstress or a beginner, this tutorial will guide you through the process of creating adorable and functional bibs for the little ones in your life.

    JUMP TO THE VIDEO | GET FREE PATTERN & GIFT TAG PRINTABLE

    I love to make bibs with terry towel backs so they are extra absorbent. If you prefer fabric on both sides you can use the same method or cut both sides from the pattern and sew them together.

    The free baby bib pattern includes 4 bib sizes and a printable of the “Something Fore Baby” gift tag shown in the photos and video. The art is from my Golf Days fabric line for Riley Blake Designs if you decide to go with a golf theme gift as well!

    make bibs with your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine? 

    If you want to save time and cut your fabrics with a cutting machine you can find this pattern with SVG files in my Sew with Tara Reed Etsy Shop.

    I use the term “Terry Towel” to mean any absorbent fabric used for the back of the bib.

    Begin by pre-washing, drying and ironing the decorative fabrics and towels (if you use towels for the backs of course).

    This will help to remove any sizing or residue that could affect absorbency or cause shrinkage later on.

    🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS
    00:00 Introduction
    00:51 Make the template
    02:49 Cut Front Bib Fabric
    03:55 Kitchen Towels for bib back
    05:17 Sew together
    05:48 Clipping curves
    07:25 Topstitch
    07:52 Add Velcro

    That’s it! So will you make the size the baby needs now or an assortment that will work through the years? Drop a comment below – I’d love to know what you decide!

    Happy Sewing & WELCOME BABY!

    👶🏻 🧵  Tara Reed

    How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern

    How to make a Kippah – Free Sewing Pattern

    Looking for a kippah pattern so you can make your own?

    This tutorial includes both detailed written instructions (in this post or in a free PDF you can download – no strings attached) and a video tutorial.

    While it can be a lot of fun to relive Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings when you break out the commemorative kippahs from days gone by, sometimes they don’t fit as well as you might like or you might want a more coordinated event. Or perhaps you are looking for a way to use some of your fabric scrap stash.

    Whatever the reason – here is a template and directions to make your own kippah! Using 6 panels instead of 4 gives a better fit that doesn’t stand up off of the head in a point.

    In Judaism, what is the difference between a kippah and a yarmulke?

    Kippah is the Hebrew word and yarmulke is the Yiddish word for a skullcap. Kippah is the more universal term as most Jews do not speak Yiddish.

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    This tutorial uses my Festival of Lights fabric created for Riley Blake Designs.  Ask for it at your favorite quilt shop or online retailer.

    The finished Kippah is 5 1/2″ across when turned upside down – it fits well on an adult head.

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    finished Kippah measurements
    Kippah Supplies

    KIPPAH PATTERN SUPPLIES:

    • Kippah Pattern – PDF instructions (see button below)
    • Print and cut the template provided.
    • 6 pieces of fabric cut to the template for the outside.
    • 6 pieces of fabric cut to the template for the lining.
    • Thread.
    • Sewing Machine
    • Iron
    • Needle for hand-stitching the opening in the lining for turning the kippah closed.
      OPTIONAL: Sleeve or Cuff Ironing Board to make pressing easier (note: this is an Amazon affiliate link, if you click and purchase I’ll earn a small commission – it helps support my blog and all the free info and projects)

    This is a great project for scraps because although you need 6 pieces for each side of the kippah, the template is 3.75″ high x 3.5″ wide at its largest. You can cut 24 pieces from one fat quarter!

    VIDEO TUTORIAL

    Want to jump to a specific section?

    • 2:18 Supplies
    • 3:44 Fussy Cutting fabric
    • 5:03 Irons
    • 6:00 Laying out your pieces
    • 6:18 Sewing the pieces together
    • 9:42 Pressing seams
    • 9:50 Cricut Mini EasyPress demo (not sponsored)
    • 12:43 Finishing up

    KIPPAH PATTERN – WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS

    STEP 1: CUT YOUR FABRIC PIECES

    BE VERY PRECISE when cutting your fabric. Variations or inconsistent sizes will be very noticeable when the kippah is complete.

    CUT 6 pieces of fabric using the template provided for the outside of your kippah.

    If you are using a directional fabric, be sure to pay attention to the directionality – the top of the kippah is the thin part of the template so make sure any words or icons you want in the correct direction have the top towards the skinny section and the bottom towards the wide section.

    For a toss print, like the Star of David examples, direction doesn’t matter so you can cut them in layers.

    PIN OR TRACE the template onto the fabric and cut with sharp scissors.

    CUT 6 pieces of fabric using the template provided for the lining of your kippah.

    STEP 2: SEW THE EXTERIOR FABRIC PIECES

    If you are using a directional print, lay your 6 pieces out and arrange them in the order you want them to appear on the Kippah. If using a toss print, this step doesn’t matter. (see figure 1)

    Right sides together matching edges, SEW from the wider part of the fabric towards the center, using a 1/4″ seam. (see figure 2)

    Use the dots on the template as a guide of where to start and stop sewing. You will basically stop in the center of the short side about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. (see figure 3)

    OPTIONAL: You can press the seams open as you go but I find it just as easy to do at the end. It also saves time moving from my machine to my ironing board and leaves the iron on to heat up the room a little bit less!

    Continue to SEW additional pieces until all 6 are together. As you add pieces, flatten the seams at the point (unless you press your seams as you go) – stopping your stitching and knotting the thread as you reach the last seam stitching. (see figure 4)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 3

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 4

    SEW all 6 pieces together and then sew the last and first pieces together to complete the circle. (see figure 5)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 5

    STEP 3: SEW THE LINING FABRIC PIECES

    SEW the 6 pieces together the same way you did for the outside fabric BUT not the last seam.

    When sewing the last seam to complete the circle, leave a few inches in the center open so you can turn the fabrics right side out after sewing together. (see figure 6)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 6

    STEP 4: PRESS THE SEAMS

    PRESS the seams open. (see figure 7)

    If you don’t have one already I highly recommend you get a mini ironing board that is designed for sleeves or cuffs – sometimes called a “Tailor’s Ham”. It makes ironing these small curves much easier and I also use it a lot for small bags.

    After you press the seams be sure to put the iron on the center to flatten where all of the pieces of fabric meet to decrease the bulk. (see figure 8)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 8

    STEP 5: FINISHING THE KIPPAH

    Right sides together, CLIP or PIN the exterior and lining, matching seams. (see figure 9)

    SEW together with a 1/4″ seam, going all the way around the circle. (see figure 10)

    TURN the kippah right side out through the gap you left in the lining. (see figure 11)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 11

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 12

    Use a point turner or finger-press to get the edges out and in a nice curve. Press.

    TOPSTITCH about 1/8″ from the edge. (see figure 12)

    Use thread that either matches or complements your exterior fabric. For example I used silver for the kippah made from fabric with silver sparkle.

    HAND SEW the opening in the lining closed. (see figure 13)

    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

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    Free Pattern: Sew Your Own Jewish Kippah

    figure 14

    Have a Cricut Maker or cutting machine that can cut fabric?

    Then you can save time by cutting your fabric pieces with your cutting machine and give you consistent pieces every time. Find it in my Etsy Shop.

    If you make these and post them on Instagram be sure to tag me so I can see! You can find and follow me at @artistTaraReed

    Happy sewing – Tara

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