SLICED: The Zelma Cuff Pincushion

The Zelma Cuff Pincushion
By: Rebecca Roach

I had a fabulous grandmother named Zelma who owned an amazing collection of jewelry. When I was little, I discovered that she kept much of it inside a wooden treasure chest stowed away in the master bathroom.  I would lock myself in there, put on every piece I could manage, and prance around the bathroom until someone yelled at me to get out of there!  Through the loss of both my grandmother in 1995 and my mother in 2010, I’ve come to inherit a portion of this jewelry collection.  However, I’m not remotely the social butterfly she was with endless parties with which to wear these pieces- I’m a pizza and Netflix girl! So, when the Sliced competition called for making a pincushion, my mind instantly thought of my grandmother’s cuff bracelets.  I thought if I could design something in the spirit of her jewelry, but functional- something that I could use every day in my sewing room- then I wouldn’t have to keep all those memories hidden away inside the wooden treasure chest that now resides in my closet.  I could keep them with me as I sew & who could ask for more than that?  Even if this project got me sliced from competition, I still think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever designed.  Let’s go make one!

1 Jelly Roll
1 Dark Colored Coordinating Charm Square
1 10” of Bella Silver
Freezer Paper
1 Scrap Piece of Leather
1 Piece Light Gray Felt & 1 Piece Brightly Colored Felt
1 Package Light Gray Pom Poms
1 Package of .75 Inch Wide Velcro
Light Gray or Silver Ric Rac
1 Water-Soluble Glue Stick
1 Bottle of Liquid Stitch
1 Package 3mm White Pipe Cleaners
1 Package Light Gray Piping
2 Small Mother of Pearl Buttons
Steel Wool (Optional)
Metallic Silver Thread
Silver Rope Cording
Hot Glue Gun
Basic Sewing Supplies- Rotary Cutting Supplies, Iron, Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, etc.

Prep Work
Print all of the templates included in the Printer Friendly Version and cut them out. You can trace them onto Freezer paper for ease of use.  TIP-Print them out from the start onto letter-sized Freezer Paper sheets to avoid tracing!

The Strap

1. Iron on the Top Strap freezer paper template to the Bella Silver fabric & cut out the piece, leaving a rough quarter inch seam allowance.
2. Clip all of the curves & the two V’s, apply Water-Soluble Glue all around the edges of the freezer paper template, & fold the raw edges under.  Press with a hot iron to dry the glue.

3. Iron on the Bottom Strap freezer paper template to the Bright Felt.  Cut out exactly to size & peel away the template.
4. Stack the Top Strap piece onto the Bottom Felt and pin together to sandwich the raw edges of the fabric.  Finish the edges with topstitching.
5. Cut a 1.5 inch long piece of Velcro.  Position one of the Velcro pieces at one end of the Top Strap and sew around the perimeter to secure.  Repeat for the other Velcro piece onto the opposite end of the Bottom Strap.

The Cabochon

6. Iron on the Cabochon freezer paper template to the Dark Charm Square & cut out exactly to size.
7. Partially lift one corner of the template away from the fabric to expose Cutting Line #1 & carefully cut the freezer paper away.

8. Iron this new template to its corresponding color fabric from the Jelly Roll & cut along Cutting Line #2 to create a finished appliqué piece.

9. Apply Water-Soluble Glue to the inside edges of this piece & place it back into position on the Cabochon. Press with a hot iron to dry the glue.  Repeat steps 7-9 for each of the Cutting Lines to create all the appliqué pieces.  Note: You can cut out and discard the pieces that say DARK because the dark charm square is already your base fabric.

10. Once every appliqué piece is glued down, carefully peel away all of the freezer paper, cut away any excess fabric from the seam allowances, and finish the raw appliqué edges with your favorite finishing stitch.

11. Turn the Cabochon over to the backside & center the Reverse Cabochon freezer paper template into place.  Press with a hot iron.
12. Sew a line of stay stitching just outside of Reverse Cabochon template’s edge.  Be careful not to stitch into the paper, so it’s not difficult to remove after you’re finished sewing.

13. After removing the template, pick one of the corner darts and press it in half with right sides together using the stitched lines as guides.  Sew the dart just inside the entire length of the guide lines, then turn the piece and sew back up to the start.  Back stitch at the end for extra security & trim the seam allowance down to about an eighth of an inch.  Repeat this step for the remaining three corners, turn the piece right side out, and finger press the seams.

14. Iron on the Leather Base freezer paper template onto a scrap piece of Leather & cut it out exactly to size. Peel away the template and discard.  This Leather Base will keep the needles from poking through to your arm!
15. Except for a one inch long opening on one of the longer sides, run a line of Water-Soluble Glue around the edges of the leather and use it to place the Cabochon edges in prep for sewing.

16. Sew the Cabochon to the Leather base using the stay stitching as a guide line.  Leave a one inch opening for stuffing on one of the longer sides and back stitch at both ends for extra security.
17. Stuff the Cabochon firmly with the Fiberfill and place a small piece of Steel Wool in the very center of the Fiberfill to help keep your needles sharp.  When finished stuffing, sew the opening shut.

18. Cut a 1 inch wide x 10 inch long strip of Bella Silver and a 10 inch long strip of Ric Rac. Place the Ric Rac in the center of the fabric and sew down the entire length to secure them together.  Fold the fabric in half and press to conceal the bottom half of the Ric Rac and create the Bezel for the Cabochon.

19. Wrap the Bezel around the Cabochon and use pins to hold it into place.  Determine where your end point will be and mark it with a fabric marker or chalk.  Remove the Bezel, place right sides together, and seam together the end using the marked line as a sewing guide.  Place back onto the Cabochon and hand sew around the top edge of the Ric Rac to secure.

Decorative Elements

20. Iron on the Scalloped Edges template onto the Bella Silver and cut it out, leaving about an eighth of an inch around the template.  Flip over the piece, apply a thin coat of Liquid Stitch all over, and place it onto the Gray Felt.  Press with a hot iron to dry the glue and finish cutting the template out exactly to size. Sew decorative stitching with Metallic Silver Thread according to the dashed lines on the template.  Repeat this step for both of the flowers, as well as the feather.  Stitch the button onto the middle of the flowers to conceal the messy middle.

21. Cut three 12 inch long pieces of Light Gray Piping, pull the cord out from the inside of each piece, & insert a Pipe Cleaner.  Roll up two of the pieces to make Swirls and the last one to make freeform stems.

Final Construction

22. Center the Cabochon onto the strap and sew on the sides to secure.  Use your edge stitch foot for this work to save you some headaches & back stitch.

23. Trim the Leather Base seam allowance down to an eighth of an inch, and then press the Scalloped Edge piece down over top of the Cabochon to conceal the raw edges and Leather Base.  The tension of squeezing it onto the stone should hold it in place. Finish the stone setting by hot gluing the Silver Rope Cording around the perimeter.

24. At this point, you might decide the single Cabochon is pretty enough!  If not, decide where you would like to place your decorative elements by pinning them around the bracelet to find a pleasing composition.  Try on the cuff, as well, because it can look very different when you wrap it around your wrist! When you’re happy, secure the elements into place with either hand stitches or hot glue.  Conceal your stitches and junction points (and indiscretions!) by hot gluing Pom Poms over top of them.

One fabulous pincushion bracelet!

Rebecca Roach

SLICED Audition Tutorial: Lonely Teardrops No More

Lonely Teardrops No More!
By: Rebecca Roach

I live in Austin, TX, and there are the cutest food trailers all around town!  Their colors and shapes inspired me to create this little sewing box and bring a little bit of my adopted hometown into my sewing room.

1 Charm Pack for decorations
2-3 Coordinating Fat Quarters
½ yard Heavyweight Stabilizer
Scrap Pieces of Batting
1 Package of 1 Inch Wide Decorative Elastic
1 Package of Quarter Inch Wide Double Fold Bias Tape in Coordinating Color (or make your own!)
D-Ring Buckles
Iron-On Adornments & Various Trims
Freezer Paper
Permanent Pen
Water-Soluble Glue Stick
12 wt Cotton Thread & a Sturdy Needle
Standard Quilting Supplies- Rotary Cutter, Ruler, & Mat, Iron, Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, etc.

Prep Work… Print all of the templates and cut them out. You can trace them onto Freezer paper for ease of use.  TIP-Print them out from the start onto letter-sized Freezer Paper sheets to avoid tracing!

The Trailer Roof
     1. Cut out a 4 inch wide x 15.5 inch long strip from both Fat Quarters, as well as the Heavyweight Stabilizer.

2. Stack them all together with the right sides of the fabric facing out & stay stitch all along the edges.  TIP- Make sure to keep your stitch line less than a quarter inch from the edge, so you can hide it later on.  Finish the 4 inch wide ends by sewing on Bias Tape.

3. Measure up 4 inches from one end of this strip & place the bottom edge of the freezer paper template for the Box Opening.  Make sure that it is level & centered.

      4. Iron down the template to keep it from shifting & trace along its edges with a permanent pen. Then remove the template and cut out the opening by following the marked line.

5. Cover this raw edge of the Box Opening by sewing Bias Tape all along the perimeter.  To finish the end of the seam, overlap the end of the tape about a half inch over the beginning.  Fold the raw edge under about a quarter inch and sew down for a clean finish.  Back stitch to secure.

6. Cut out a 2.5 inch long strip & a 3.5 inch long strip of the Elastic. Finish the cut edges, if you’d like, with Bias Tape.

7. On back side the 2.5 inch long Elastic, measure up 1.5 inches from one end and mark a line across with a permanent pen.

8. Place the Elastic through the flat part of both D-Ring buckles and align the end with the marked line to create a loop.  Pin together and sew a quarter inch from the edge to secure the D-Ring buckles into this loop.

 9. Take the 3.5 inch long Elastic and place one end 2.25 inches up from the top edge of the Box Opening and .75 inch from the left side of the strip.  Pin and then secure into place by sewing a .5 inch wide rectangle shape with an X through the middle. Repeat on the right side to secure the D-Ring Elastic.

10. Cut four 3 inch long pieces of the Elastic.

      11. Stack two of the Elastic pieces and secure them together by sewing a line .125 inch from each of the short edges.  Repeat on the other two Elastic Pieces.

     12. On the interior side of Trailer Roof pattern piece, measure up 1 inch from one end and .25 inches from the left side & use a permanent pen to mark a 1 inch wide placement line.  Repeat on the right side, as well as the left and right sides of the opposite end of the Trailer Roof. 

      13. Align the edge of one of the Stacked Elastic pieces with the first left placement line you marked and secure into place by sewing a rectangle shape with an X through the middle.  Repeat on the right side.

      14. Bend the Trailer Roof over so that you can align the opposite edge of the Stacked Elastic with the marked placement lines.  Pin to hold into place.  Repeat on the right side.  Secure it into place by sewing a rectangle shape with an X through the middle.  TIP- It can be tricky to wrestle this piece into your sewing machine! If you’re having trouble, try flipping it and sewing on the other side- This is the bottom of the trailer, so no one will see if your sewing is messy!  

 The Trailer Sides

 15. Cut out a 2.5 inch wide x 12 inch long strip from both Fat Quarters & sew them together along the long edges.  Press the seam open.

     16. Cut out a 4.5 inch wide x 12 inch long strip from one of the Fat Quarters.  This will be the interior fabric.

     17. Place the freezer paper template for Trailer Side A onto left side of the fabric & Trailer Side B onto the right side.  Iron into place and cut around the freezer paper to make two pattern pieces.  Repeat this step for the plain strip of fabric and for the Heavyweight Stabilizer by reusing the freezer paper templates.  TIP- Also try cutting out these two pattern pieces in batting if you choose to quilt the sides of the trailer.  By placing it between the fabric and the Heavyweight Stabilizer, it will add extra texture and dimension to your project!

     18. Layer together the exterior fabric, batting (if using!), Heavyweight Stabilizer, and interior fabric then stay stitch all around the edges.  Repeat for the other side.

19. THIS IS OPTIONAL- Quilt the side pieces as desired!

20. Position the freezer paper templates for the various trailer parts onto charm squares, iron into place, and cut out your pattern pieces.  TIP- Carefully cut out the pieces to preserve the Trailer Side so you can iron the body of the trailer back onto the fabric to create a placement guide!

      21. Cover the back of each piece with the Water-Soluble Glue Stick and place onto the sides of the trailer, according to the placement guides from the Trailer Side A&B templates.  Press with a hot iron to set the glue.

     22. Carefully remove all of the Freezer Paper and stitch around each part with your favorite edge finishing stitch.

      23. It’s time to personalize your project by adding all of the trims and iron-on elements you want! Go crazy!

Final Construction

   24. Starting at the wheel opening, align one of the Trailer Sides with the end of the Trailer Roof & pin it in place.

     25. With a Sturdy Needle and 12wt Thread, begin to whipstitch the Trailer Side to the Trailer roof by using the stay stitch line as a guide.  Be sure to thoroughly secure both ends.  Repeat for the other side.

  26. Use Bias Tape to cover the whip stitches and secure into place by hand stitching the same way you would finish a quilt binding.

     27. Finally, load two spools of thread inside the elastics to make the wheels.

 One cute trailer!

Rebecca Roach