I've seen other people make beautiful crafts and projects (like the gorgeous pillows below from Film in the Fridge) using little hexagonal pieces of fabric and, to be honest, I always thought the hexagons were probably more work than they were worth.
But, despite my hesitancy around the work involved, and in the spirit of finding the perfect pin cushion, I decided that I would make one out of hexagonal pieces, just for fun, and to satiate my curiosity around the big hexagonal draw.
So, I cut out 14 little hexagons (I made my own pattern but you can find them around on the internet) and I stitched them together with the machine. I then placed the two pieces (each consisting of seven hexagons) with the right sides facing each other and I sewed around the outside, leaving two sides of one hexagon open for turning and stuffing. Then I top-stitched around the entire pin cushion.
It took very little time for me to realize that other people are right and hexagons are really way more fun than they should be!!! This is the result of my first machine-sewn pin cushion...I thought it would look cute with a button in the middle so on it went.
I thought the edges were a little bit awkward when I machine stitched it, and since I had already planned to give this pin cushion away as a thank you gift, I made myself one using bright fabrics. This time I did it all by hand, and while it did take longer, the pieces came out looking much more geometric.
There is something strangely addictive about these little fabric hexagons and I have to admit, I'm smitten by them. I have other projects in mind for these vexing geometric beauties but for now, I'm having a blast making pin cushions!
Though I'm totally on board with the hexagon pin cushion, I couldn't stop there and, for the sake of variety, I made this jar pin cushion. It wins for best multi-purpose pin cushion and I find myself using it the most.
Katie, from Paisley and Polka Dots, made a jar pin cushion, too, and added a really cute embellishment around the edge...
And, I can't forget these modern tree pin cushions that I made a while ago for my mom and my sister-in-law. I didn't make one for myself but I think I will!
Last, I made this ring pincushion and it definitely won for most fashionable sewing accessory, (even if it did take me six tries to get it right!) but...
...the boy cat batted it off of the table and Shasta ate it. All that I found was the coke bottle top under the table and a few pins scattered around the living room floor. I told you, she's a genius. I'll totally make another one...though how I will keep it away from "Pinky and the Brain" is beyond me!
Happy Hexagon-ing (oh my Dad is sooo going to flinch when he sees how horribly I verbed a noun there...sorry, Dad!)
**Stay tuned for a fun Miss Adventures' Give-Away later in the week!**