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Make a finger pincushion

A handy little accessory for anyone who sews

By wearing this mini-pincushion on your finger while sewing, it will always be handy when you need it.

Supplies:

• Metal twist-off cap from bottle

• Piece of stretchy cord approx. 5 inches (12 cm) long (the type used for gift wrapping —very narrow elastic might work but thread elastic is too weak)

• Piece of fabric (satin or velvet is nice) cut in a 2-1/2-inch (6-cm) circle

• Small wad of polyester stuffing

• Glue gun

• Awl

• Sewing thread and needle

Instructions:

Place cap, (open end down) on flat surface and use awl to punch two holes about 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart in top of cap. Thread either end of stretchy cord down through holes to inside of cap. Measure finger and tie a knot in cord to secure at correct size (see illustration).

Make a running stitch around outside edge of fabric circle. Tighten slightly by drawing up ends of thread to make a cup shape. Fill until firm with polyester stuffing. Draw up ends of thread tightly, creating a small ball. Tie threads in a knot to secure.

Run a bead of hot glue around inside edge of cap. Quickly insert fabric ball and let dry before using.

If making one of these as a gift for a seamstress, the ring could be decorated around the metal edges of the cap with beads, etc.

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