I’ve seen ads for all kinds of replicas of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring — $19.90, $39, $1,500. But I bypassed these options and made my own. Sure, it’s not precious or even semi-precious, but it’s way more useful — it’s a pincushion! Feel glam slipping it on your wrist to wrangle your pins as you work on sewing projects.
hand sewing needle
glue gun and glue
- Place the buckle on top of the chipboard and trace around the inside. Cut this out. The chipboard will hold the pincushion in the buckle and keep you from poking pins into your arm. It works best if the chipboard fits snugly inside the buckle.
- Next, you’ll make a fabric yo-yo for the pincushion. Measure across the chipboard shape (mine’s a circle, which is easy). To make the yo-yo, double that measurement and add an inch so you have room for stuffing. My circle was 1.5 inches across, so I cut a 4-inch circle out of blue wool fabric. You can use a compass for this or just trace something that’s about the right size.
- To make the yo-yo, sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric, folding over the edge about 1/8 inch for a small hem. When you get all the way around, pull on the thread to gather it. Leave the hole open and stuff with batting. When it’s full of batting, pull the thread to close the hole a little (it doesn’t have to close all the way) and knot it.
- This step takes a bit of force: Sew the yo-yo onto the chipboard. A few stitches around the edges will do.
- Cut a piece of elastic (mine is 3/4 inch wide) that fits comfortably around your wrist and add about 3/4 inch. Make a loop with about 3/4 inch overlapping. Put one end of the elastic over the top of the bar of the buckle and the other end under the bar. Sew the elastic layers together on each side of the bar. This will keep the buckle from sliding around.
- Put a dab of hot glue on the top of the elastic and stick the cushion into the buckle, chipboard side down. The chipboard should hold the cushion in, and the glue is to ensure it stays put.
You now have a pincushion fit for a princess, so make something royally awesome.
Update: Contrary to popular belief, we don't have the inside scoop on some juicy royal gossip. As far as we know, Kate Middleton is still planning to marry Prince William, not elope with his father Charles. If this does in fact happen (and we kind of hope it does), then we called it.