How to Make a Soap Pin Cushion

This is a nifty and super easy project that even the kids can make. It is a simple way to make a Pincushion that can be done in a matter of minutes. And it comes with the added bonus that the pins and needles are coated in soap, making them easier to insert through fabric!

Steps

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    Find a suitable bar of soap. Use new soap, one that has a scent you find pleasing. Find suitable fabric (scraps are great provided they're large enough), such as cotton, satin, velvet, gingham, etc. You'll also need scissors to cut the fabric.
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    Measure the fabric with the soap in place. The fabric should be cut about 10 centimeter (3.9 in) / 4" wider than the soap on each side. This is important because each of these sides will be tied up.
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    Cut out a long piece of the fabric. Cut a good length to start with–it is easier to cut the fabric shorter rather than to discover you haven't used enough fabric. Alternately, don't cut the length on the fabric bolt or larger piece of fabric, until after you have rolled in the soap and you're sure of the length required.
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    Center the soap in the fabric and roll it up in the fabric. Keep rolling until you reach the end. Try not to make the layering too thin or too thick; finish rolling when the layering feels just right (this will be dependent on the fabric type). The fabric used here was a shiny stretch fabric that has a lot of give and is satiny soft; it was wound over about four times.
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    Fold the edge of the cut fabric under to make a neat finish of the long end.
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    Twist the wide, open ends of each side of the fabric as if you were making a bonbon or a wrapped candy.
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    Tie the twisted ends of fabric together at each end of the soap. Use ribbon, string, raffia, etc. to hold in place tightly.
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    Make bows. Finish off by making a neat bow. Cut off any extra lengths. If using ribbon, cut diagonally to prevent fraying.
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    Stick the loose pins, needles, safety pins, etc., into the soap through the fabric. Store the soap Pincushion in your sewing basket. Here are the benefits of your new soap Pincushion:
    • The pins and needles are coated in soap, making them easier to slide into fabric;
    • Your sewing basked is nicely scented; and
    • The pins won't rust.

Tips

  • Replace the soap every few years if it loses its scent. Old soap can still be used for washing!
  • If preferred, you can sew up a thick fabric sachet bag instead and simply drop the soap into the bag and tie at the open end with ribbon. Use by sticking pins in in the same manner as above. (You will need to pull as tightly as possible at the closure end to make sure that the soap isn't slipping around.)

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Fabric scraps
  • Ribbon, string, raffia, etc., to tie
  • Scissors
  • Pins

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Categories: Sewing