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Tu-Na Quilts: The First Reveal—What’s Inside the Stocking?

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It measures 7.5″ wide by 9″ long with an opening of 4.5″ so there’s just enough room to stuff in some quilting goodies.

I posted my tutorial on how to make this cute, easy, Mini Quilted Christmas Stocking on the July 17th 12 Days of Christmas in July post found here on my blog. I included a free pdf pattern for it so you should be able to download and print it to make some for those on your Christmas list or as favors for a Christmas party. I filled this one with some great little goodies that every sewist/quilter needs and would like to receive.

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The first surprise I’ll reveal from it is…….

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This pail pincushion measures 2.25″ tall and has a cute little handle to carry it from one project to another.


Making Your Own Cute Container Pincushion

Materials Needed:

  • small container of your choice
  • scrap of fabric large enough to cut a circle 2 1/2 times the diameter of the top of the container
  • hand quilting thread
  • crushed walnut shells
  • poly fiber fil or stuffing
  • hot glue
  • small block of wood

First: A Little Talk About Some of the Materials


I found this pail in a package of 6 at a thrift shop (no surprise there). But I also found other small containers that could be just as cute when turned into pincushions. Other stores to look for containers include dollar stores, hobby and craft stores, and wedding supply places.


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You can get an idea of the size of these containers from those white pails in the back that are 2 and 1/2″ tall and a bit over 2″ in diameter. I think any of these would make a great pincushion container. I would have made a pincushion with that cute little teacup on the left but I couldn’t find where I had stored it when I needed it. You’ll be seeing some more of these container pincushions pop up on my blog from time to time.


Hand quilting thread:

I’ve found when I gather things by hand that this thread is the strongest and won’t break when I pull on it. You can use other thread but be careful when pulling them tight or you will be sewing around that circle again and you will want to make sure it is doubled or more.

Crushed Walnut Shells:

Crushed walnut shells are used in filling pincushions because they help to sharpen the needles and pins. It can be found in a pet store or the pet department of a discount store and is often sold as reptile bedding. Bonus, it’s rather inexpensive and lasts a long time. So you really don’t need to buy the biggest bag unless you make lots and lots of pincushions.

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Crushed walnut shells get everywhere so I recommend laying something on your work surface that you can remove and shake.


To make it easier to fill that pincushion, one could use a paper funnel or other funnel. I made myself a Crushed Walnut Shell Dispensing Bottle.

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To make your own Crushed Walnut Shell Dispensing Bottle, just remove the twist cap off a mustard container. Cut off the tip of the bottle to make the hole larger and then replace the twist cap. To fill the bottle just twist or snap off the cover and fill.


Block of wood

This piece of wood or bead helps to support the pincushion ensuring that it will be sitting pretty above the top of the container just where you want it. You will need to decide what size you will need based on your container and cushion size. If you don’t have scraps of wood just lying around your house, look for another object that you could use: wood bead, bottle or jar cap, or small cardboard box, etc.  

Now let’s get to making this little pail pincushion.


Part 1: Making the cushion

Measure the diameter of your container.

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This little pail measures 2 1/8″ in diameter. Taking that times 2.5 yields approx. 5.3″.


Using a pen or pencil, trace a circle that measures about 2 1/2 times the diameter of your container.

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Since I needed a 5.3″ circle, this plate was 5.5″ and worked fine to trace around.


Using a double strand of hand quilting thread, stitch 1/2″ from the edge on the RIGHT side of the fabric circle. Leave at least an 8″ tail at the start. DO NOT KNOT at either end.

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Sewing around the circle on the right side of the fabric will make it easier to pull those threads to gather them. Once you’ve sewn all around the edge, pull on all four threads together to form a bowl shape. You don’t even have to remove your needle from the one end if you are careful. Continue pulling the thread ends until the opening is almost closed.

Fill the little bowl shape with crushed walnut shells, tapping the cushion on the counter or jiggling it in your hand several times to pack it in and to allow the crushed walnut shells to settle into place.

Once you have it almost full, add more. This stuff really settles. Then stuff poly fiber fil into the opening and pack it in tight. I used my purple thang to push it down. and under the stitching. I’ve got a funny story to tell about that purple thang but I’ll save it for tomorrow. And yes, it has to do with Christmas, too.

Pull on all the thread ends to tightly gather into a ball. Tie a knot with the threads. Having a helper hold his finger on the thread as you are tying really helps. Using a needle take the loose thread ends and sew the opening tightly shut.

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Part 2: Putting it together

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For this part you will need, the container, your fabric ball  you just completed, a block of wood the size you want, and a hot glue gun with glue.


Put a dab of hot glue in the inside bottom of your container and add the block of wood or bead. My block of wood was about 1.25″ tall.

Add hot glue on top of the block of wood and around the inside edge of the container. You’ll need to work fast as hot glue doesn’t stay tacky for very long.

Press the cushion into the container and hold for a few seconds.

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So pretty and useful!

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You could add trim along the top edge if you want. I thought about adding some ric rac but decided not for this one.



Hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. July 14, 2017 – July 25, 2017. Gather Christmas gift giving ideas and other holiday inspiration from many bloggers.


The 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop continues. Here’s what’s going on today:

 Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Do You Hear What I Hear? Day Six of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

Confessions of a Fabric Addict  Sarah’s got us sewing the next step on our quilt along.


It’s not too late to start your Santa’s Trip Around the World Quilt. Check out Sarah’s blog above for directions.


 The Colorful Fabriholic Jan found the perfect solution for those of us with limited space but still having a desire to put up a Christmas tree. Making one of these is definitely on my list to do.

Smiles From Kate  Kate’s drawn some cute holiday pillow covers that can stay around longer than just Christmas. Even if the weather warms and you haven’t put them away, they won’t be melting anything except maybe your heart.

Remember to leave comments on each of their 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so you can qualify to win some fabric giveaways of Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies, generously donated by Free Spirit Fabrics!!! You have through July 26th to leave comments.


Coming soon on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats:

  • Friday, July 21st, 2017Tu-Na Quilts: The Second Stocking Stuffer Reveal—You Mean There’s More?
  • Sunday, July 23rd, 2017Tu-Na Quilts: The Third Stocking Stuffer Reveal—How Much Can It Hold?
  • Tuesday, July 25th, 2017Tu-Na Quilts: The Fourth and Final Stocking Stuffers Reveal—Does The Fun Have to End?

What I Leaned Today:

  1. DVRs are very helpful, especially the rewind button. 
  2. This summer seems to be going exceptionally fast.
  3. Once a mom, always a mom. Our “baby” and our first born (and his wife) headed out for a trip in the Boundary Waters. I hope they have fun but I will still worry.

Question: What is your favorite holiday beverage to make, serve, or drink? Since we make our own apple cider in the fall, we usually thaw out several gallons and serve it chilled or heated with cinnamon sticks and slices of oranges and serve it hot.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Linking to:

Tu-Na Quilts: O Come, All Ye Faithful (including quilters and crafters)–Day Five of the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop


This year’s hop is hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. It’s not too late to join in on all the festivities.

Santa’s workshop is humming from all the activity. Fabric and thread are everywhere. Come on over and check out what’s going on at:

 Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Confessions of a Fabric Addict  Sarah gives us our next sewing assignment which is just like the others; sewing one final strip set. She promises something different for tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve got some sewing to catch up on. How about you?


Santa’s Trip Around the World Quilt Along is going on now. It’s not too late to start. Details on Sarah’s blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Seams To Be Sew Do you need new ornaments for your tree? Marian shows us how to make some simple ones from fabric. For only a short time spent, you can give your tree a new look this year.

Stitchin at Home Cindy is spreading a little JOY at Christmas time this year. This super cute project just might be on your list to make this year.

Domestic Felicity Anita’s stitching up some Christmas cards on her blog today. Or you could use this cute idea for some really fun gift tags.

Remember to leave comments on each of their 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts so you can qualify to win some fabric giveaways of Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies, generously donated by Free Spirit Fabrics!!! You have through July 26th to leave comments.


I posted my 12 Days of Christmas in July post yesterday. Click here if you are looking for it. I showed how to make these two projects pictured below: a stocking and a kid’s mini wreath craft. You will also find a complete listing of all participating blogs on the hop with updated links that will take you directly to their 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts once they are published. This might be helpful if you have to go back and comment for the giveaway or look at directions again for all the projects you want to make.

Here’s what I’ve got coming up on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats this week. Join me on:

  • Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 for Tu-Na Quilts: The First Reveal—What’s Inside the Stocking?tunaquilts 65a
  • Friday, July 21st, 2017 for Tu-Na Quilts: The Second Stocking Stuffer Reveal—You Mean There’s More?
  • Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 for Tu-Na Quilts: The Third Stocking Stuffer Reveal—How Much Can It Hold?
  • Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 for Tu-Na Quilts: The Fourth and Final Stocking Stuffers Reveal—Does The Fun Have to End?

What I Learned Today:

  1. The importance of checking that wordpress is occasionally saving the drafts I write. Yes, I opened this up and only part of the title was there and no way to recover it. So I had to recreate it. I am so thankful this didn’t happen for my 12 Days of Christmas in July post.
  2. I am overwhelmed and overjoyed by all your kind and positive responses to yesterday’s post about my stocking and wreath. Thank you very much. That post was my most viewed post to date as well as the one with the most comments from readers.
  3. I will be very busy responding to those comments the next few days.
  4. Only 10 more days until the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop begins. Are you going?

Question: Do your Christmas celebrations require travel plans or do you sit tight, bundled up at home? Since we winter where it’s sunny and warm, we’ll be traveling by plane to spend Christmas in the snow with family. Last year we spent two weeks, including a blizzard on Christmas Day, this year maybe only a week.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

Tu-Na Quilts: It’s Coming-Soon! Will You Be Ready?

Worldwide Quilting Day that is. In just 2 days, on March 18, 2017, quilter’s all over the world will unite with needle in one hand and fabric in the other busily sewing in honor of those who quilted before us, who quilt with us, and who will quilt after us. In honor of this old yet new art. In honor of the comfort our quilts provide for others. In honor of us— Quilt Qwazy Queens!

Welcome to the Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop.

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017

We’ve got some wonderful sponsors (links below), a great coupon deal from EQ, and giveaways for five days. See the list of hop participants at the end of this post. Giveaways are open only for one day (except Friday which will close on Monday) so don’t delay and enter today. More about how you can enter my giveaway towards the end (Update: my giveaway has closed but the blog hop posts on March 17 are still open. The winners have been announced on Seams to be Sew-March 18, 2017). But first I want to share how I will be honoring Worldwide Quilting Day.

I plan to spend the day at my sewing machine busily working on this cute crib-size quilt.


Ok. The elephants need some work yet. But you get the idea.

I started with a design. I don’t have EQ yet so I use graph paper and colored pencils. But look what’s here!

!!Coupon Alert!!EQ Do You EQ BlogEQ is offering a 30% discount during the hop for visitors… You’ll need the following coupon code when you check out. 

Promo code: EQHOP2017

This code is valid from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017. This is a good time to upgrade from EQ6 to EQ7 and even the plugin for EQStitch.

Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.


I took a look at the new mom’s baby registry to find she had picked an elephant theme in teal, green, and peach.

I’ve cut many squares and sewn many half-square triangles. I made them a bit larger than needed so I could trim them to size. This allows me to make perfect (or nearly) perfect points.


I use a lead pencil to lightly mark a line on the wrong side of the fabric.  I lay the ruler across the points at opposite corners and draw a line on each side of the ruler. This ruler allows for a 1/4″ seam when the square is cut diagonally in half. I find these rulers so handy that I have a set in both of my houses.


It’s a mountain of half-square triangles waiting for the seams to be set, cut apart, and pressed to the side.

Chevrons are so popular.


I don’t have a design wall. I use the guest bed to lay out small quilts.


I use Wonder clips to hold my labels for the blocks and rows. Usually, I don’t have to put so many labels on, but I was getting company and needed to be able to pick up each block and keep the rows together. You can see I number each row going down and I give each block a letter of the alphabet going across. So far so good!

My friend’s daughter had a baby in November so this quilt will be finished soon and heading her way. I think she’ll like it.

Marian of Seams to be Sew has graciously offered to help me with my first giveaway. To enter, please click this link to enter at her website (Update: My giveaway has now closed but the blogs on the hop posting on March 17 are open until Monday). In fact, you might want to check out her blog each day for extra giveaways.

The giveaways today include 3 Fat quarters from Northcott Fabrics Noah’s Ark Collection. It’s new! (Post and Picture below edited to align with rafflecopter at Marian’s post)

Northcott - Noah's Ark

The second giveaway is a Twin size batt of Quilter’s Dream 80/20 batting (The winner of the Quilter’s Dream should be willing to pay shipping costs as follows: USA Priority Mail: 6.75, Canada: 15.50. International: 23.50). Quilters Dream

Quilters Dream


Check out these fine blogs to see how these Quilt Qwazy Queens are honoring Worldwide Quilting Day. Will you be quilting like qwazy?

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2017

March 16

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats Thanks for stopping by and do come again. Remember to go to Marian’s blog here to enter for my giveaway. (Update: this giveaway is now closed)
Resourceful Momma

March 17

Freemotion by the River
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21

Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22

MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew    Thanks, Marian, for a great inspirational hop.

What I Learned Today:

  1. It’s the little things in life that are important.
  2. Even a little start, is a start.

Question: What will you be doing on Worldwide Quilting Day, March 18, 2017?

Linking to: Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Sew Can She, Finished or Not Friday