Sunday, 13 October 2013

Giant Prettified Pincushion - Zakka Along

OK, so I was joking, it's actually not a Giant Prettified Pincushion but a Giant Prettified Pincushion! The first time I saw the photo on the cover of Ayumi Takahashi's book Patchwork, Please! I thought I was looking at beautiful cushions. Afterwards I noticed there were pins stuck in one of the cushions and so... they were pincushions, of course! But the idea of the cushions stuck in my head and as this is the last day of the Zakka Along 2.0 and seeing as I've really enjoyed this sew along, I decided to make this fun project.


The pattern is enlarged by 380%! If I were to make the cushion again, I'd changed the proportion of the side panels, they came too high even though I used the same percentage to enlarge these too. Don't ask me how that happened, probably some problem with my maths!


This was the largest self-cover button I had but I would have preferred a bigger one and I was missing a mattress needle to pull the button more tight, through the thickness of the cushion, so I'll be fixing that soon.


Thank you to everyone who participated because I really enjoyed looking at your work in the Flickr group. I had no idea this was going to be so interesting. It's incredible how choosing different fabrics and thanks to everyone's personal style, you can get such incredible results, starting from the same project. I'm going to miss the Zakka Along... come on, I'm waiting for the next excellent Zakka book to be published, Please!


16 comments:

  1. Wow - you really did make it big! When I saw it on Flickr, I thought it was still a pincushion...goes to show what tricks our brains can play on us. lol It was so creative of you to make this great design into a cushion, and it looks fabulous on your couch!

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  2. Oh I love that you made it into a cushion! It's just lovely!

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  3. oh my gosh! Aren't you the clever one! This is awesome! So glad you've enjoyed the sew along!!

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  4. Love your colors and fabric in your cushion !! It's fun to see the variations , like yours!!

    Susie

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  5. You are a clever one!!! That is just Great! I love this 380% enlarged!

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  6. Your math may not have caused the problem. Often what looks great small does not work out that well big. The width of the sides was perfect tiny, but on a big cushion, not so great.

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    1. It is very comfy like this but, as I wrote, I would prefer the sides not so high. If you don't try things you don't know, do you?

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  7. I love the fabric choices. I wish I had one.

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  8. What a lovely pincushion!
    When you enlarge 380%, all sides are 3,8 times longer. Nothing miss with your math.
    I love your (pin)cushion. Beautiful fabric.

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  9. At first look I too thought it was a pincushion until I saw it displayed on your soft. Great looking cushion and congrats on figuring how how to enlarge.

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  10. Beautiful pillow and how neat to enlarge the pattern like that! Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Hi Nellie, WOW that was a fun 20 mins, I enjoyed seeing your giant pin cushion LOL, then went in to see what the others had made, it is amazing what different colours will do to the same pattern, I loved Sunshinenellies yellow pincushion, then had to go in and look at her blog wow!!!!! SO thanks for sharing I will come back again later when I have more time for another browse. Cheers Glenda

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  12. what a really fun modification! looks great on your couch.

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  13. Oh you made me LOL! You need some giant pins to stick in it ;) thanks for linking up :)

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