Victorian crazy patch piecing has always been one of my favorite forms of needle art. Over the years I’ve tried various techniques, researched the history of crazy patch piecing, and created a variety of projects using crazy patch piecing.
My favorite projects were the journal covers that I made out of scraps and snippets of leftover fabric, ribbons, braids, and vintage buttons and charms. The great fun of this fiber art technique is that there are virtually no rules! You can make it up as you go along (if you like that sort of thing!), and when it comes to color coordinating fabrics and trims, anything goes.
In crazy patch piecing, you can combine velvets and denim, satin and corduroy, gingham and lace with tapestry or upholstery fabric; satin ribbons with gold brain, ruffles and eyelet with vintage buttons and appliqué. Whatever strikes your fancy, you can probably incorporate it into a crazy patch project.
For this month’s Valentine’s Day project, I thought it would be fun to create a heart-shaped pincushion (but as my daughter observed, it would also make a cute pillow for her dollies!), and use up some of the scraps of fabric and trims that I have accumulated over the past few months while I have been working on some other sewing projects.
This could actually be a very elaborate project (which I might do still before Valentine’s Day), or it could be made very simply so that you can make a bunch of them if you have lots of special friends that would treasure this pretty little pincushion on their dresser or in their sewing room.
I made this one from fabric scraps in shades of light and dark blue, red, pink and white, and added light blue rick rack and ruffle trim, white lace, and pink ribbon in two widths. Then I finished the embellishment with a few vintage buttons in shades of blue, white, and red.
I made each side different so that you can see a couple of different ways that this pincushion could be made to give you a bit of inspiration for your own creations! If you’ve got an hour or so to play around with your fabric stash, pull out the supplies and make your own Victorian Crazy Patch Pincushion.
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