Victorian Boot Pin Cushion by Denise Clason
Ever since I was a little girl my grandmother had her Victorian boot shaped pin cushion hanging on the wall. I had always admired it and loved to look at it with all of its pins, safety pins, buttons, ribbons and needles safely stored in its shape. I recently became the blessed owner of this beloved pin cushion when she passed at age 93 last year. My grandmother was a beautiful seamstress and quilter…of which, I will give her credit for my love of fabric and designing! I decided to recreate the pin cushion in more current fabrics, keeping with the great charm of hers, please enjoy!
*1 Fat Quarter fabric of choice (boot)
*1 Fat Quarter, to coordinate with boot fabric
*1/3 yard 2-1/4” double sided eyelet lace
*1/3 yard 5/8” double-sided satin (ribbon)
*(7) 1/2” misc. antique or vintage looking buttons
*Quik Grip®, Beacon Adhesives
*Dual Duty XP all-purpose thread, Coats & Clark® to match prints
*1 bag Stuffing
*Basic Sewing Supplies
*Tea for dying
*cardstock or a cereal box for pattern
1. Trace boot & ruffle patterns onto a piece of lightweight cardstock. Trace the boot pattern onto the wrong side of the boot fabric. Layer the boot fabric with two pieces right sides together. Cut the boot out, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance around the tracing line. Set aside.
2. Trace the ruffle pattern onto the folded edge of the ruffle fabric, with right side out. Cut ruffle out leaving a 1/4” seam allowance around the tracing line.
3. Make a running stitch along the cut edge of the ruffle. Pull the threads to gather the ruffle and “fit” inside the top edge of the boot fabric, leaving a 1/4” of the boot at each end.
4. Pin & sew the ruffle in place onto the right side top edge of the boot.
5. Sew the two boot pieces, right sides together, along the pattern lines, leaving an opening to turn right side out, where marked on pattern. Clip the corners and curves of the seam for ease of turning right side out. Turn right side out.
6. Stuff the boot with stuffing. Be sure to stuff tight enough to stand straight. Slip stitch the opening closed.
7. Heat a cup of water for the tea. Soak the eyelet in the tea to create an antique look. Wring out the water and let dry. Iron.
8. Sew a gathering stitch along the center of the eyelet. Ruffle the eyelet to the length marked on the boot pattern. Tie a knot in the threads to secure. Use fray check to secure ends of eyelet.
9. Adhere the eyelet to the boot with quik grip. Pin to hold in place, while drying.
10. Tie a ribbon bow. Use fray check to secure the ends. Adhere to the boot with quik grip.
11. Glue the buttons onto the eyelet with quick grip.
12. Tie two ends of a 5” piece of ribbon together with a knot. Sew the knot onto the back of the pin cushion to hang on the wall. Note: You may sew a paper clip onto the back of the pin cushion to hang on the wall.