Monday, April 2, 2012

Summer Smooches on a Bed Spring

I'm such a sucker for quirky recycled stuff! I bought a kit at Village Quilts, a local quilting shop for a pin cushion on an old bed spring and just had to try it with the new Summer Smooches fabrics. At the very least, I hope it makes you smile!

I cut off the top of a bed spring, sprayed it with Tremclad Primer and painted it with enamel model paint. I love that model paint still comes in little cans and bottles. I don't have lots left over to store and the price is right!

Front detail

Back detail

Make a 9 in. circle pattern.
Fold a piece of paper in quarters.
Measure 4-1/2 in. from the corner and make a mark on the folded edge.
Continue measuring from the corner and marking to form an arc.
Cut on the markings and open the circle.
Make a 5 in. circle pattern measuring 2-1/2 in. from the corner.

Use the large circle to cut fabric.
Position and pin the small circle pattern to the large fabric circle.

Tear five 1 in. X 18 in. strips from two fabrics and neaten the torn edges by removing loose threads.
Cut each strip into 4 equal sections and fold the sections in half to make the petals.
Using the small paper circle as a guide, bunch the petals under the presser foot and sew them to the fabric circle allowing 1/4 in. to 1/2 in. seam allowance.

Remove the paper circle.
Cut a 3 in. X 18 in. strip from fabric.
Sew the strip 1/8 in. to the inside of the stitching on the petals, using a 1/4 in. seam allowance.

It will look like this.

And this.

Thread a needle with doubled thread folded double. You'll have four strands of thread.
Secure the knotted end with a few stitches on top of each other.
Sew a running stitch 1/4 in. from the edge of the fabric circle.

Stuff the fabric and pull the thread firmly to gather.

Sew through a few folds at a time to hold the gathers.
If you squeeze the stuffing it will release the pressure and make it easier.

Insert and twist the painted bed spring into the opening.
You may squirt some hot glued on the spring and into the opening.

Fold under one side of the fabric strip and overlap the ends.
Sew a running stitch 1/2 in. from the edge of the strip of fabric.
Pull firmly on the thread to gather while turning the raw edge to the inside.
Secure the gathers with a few stitches.

Cut a 3 in. X 18 in. strip of fabric.
Fold it in half twice.
Cut a petal shape and open. You'll have 2 identical pieces.
Sew a zigzag stitch around the edges of the doubled fabric.
Tie the leaves onto the bed spring and position as you like.

Summer Smooches fabric 125411

1 comment:

Doreen said...

Hi Cheryl,
Just clicked over from The CrafyBlog Stalker where your absolutely adorable pincushion spring (spring pincushion?) is featured. I love it. I'm now following your blog and look forward to catching up on your posts. I also do a lot of stamping. Hope you can come visit me at Altered Artworks and say hello.