Sunday, March 29, 2009

Martha's Home Grown Tomatoes

These whimsical sewing-box staples are just as sweet as garden-grown tomatoes, and you don't have to wait until summer to enjoy them. Pincushions were once set on mantels in new homes to bring occupants prosperity, and these versions, with their fresh-from-the-vine colors, would in fact look lovely on display. Stitch a robust heirloom variety in loosely woven linen or cherry tomatoes in dainty gingham. A few dollars will yield enough supplies for a bumper crop, no weeding required.
Pincushion How-To 1. Cut a rectangle of fabric on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide (the largest we made was 3 1/4 inches in diameter and required a 10-by-5-inch piece).With fabric facing right side up, fold in half as shown, and join ends with a 1/4-inch seam. Sew a running stitch around the top edge; tightly pull thread to cinch fabric, and secure with stitches.
2. Turn pouch right side out. Stuff with batting (cotton batting is firmer than polyester). Sew a running stitch around the open end; pull thread to cinch fabric. Tack shut with a few stitches and knot. To flatten, double-thread a cording needle with crochet thread and pull it through the "core" a few times. Mimic a tomato's fluted details by wrapping the thread around the cushion and back through the core several times. Knot thread at top to finish.
3. For heirloom tomatoes, cut a circle of fabric (the largest we made was 3 1/2 inches in diameter and required a 10-inch-diameter circle). With fabric wrong side up, sew a running stitch around perimeter. Place batting in center of fabric, and gather into a pouch. Stuff with more batting, pull thread to cinch, and tack with stitches. Flatten cushion and apply details as in step 2.
4. For tops, see finished photo below for top, enlarging or reducing as desired; cut out. Draw design onto green felt with a disappearing-ink pen; cut out. Using a single-threaded needle, sew a loop onto top. Glue top to tomato.
Note: To sew cherry-tomato pincushions, start with swatches of fabric that are 2 3/4 by 4 3/4 inches. Follow steps 1 and 2 below, but don't flatten cushion or add fluted details. For tops, cut symmetrical, six-pointed stars from green felt. Add loops, and attach them as in step 4.

Taken from Martha Stewarts Web Site ;)


Nanna Grace said...

These are so sweet! I have to make up a bunch from scraps as soon as i am finished with my apron swaps ;) ... thanks for sharing this..

Tulsi said...

These are so cute!!! So easy and cute that I 'd never have thought of it.

Paula said...

I love these so much!!! I am going to make some!

Kim Mailliard of Prim's by Kim said...

Bravo! What an easy yet darling idea for summer picnic place settings, just pin a small tag with their names printed on to them =D Thanks for sharing, Kim

Yarni Gras! said...

these are soooooooo cute! thanks for the tut!

Julia said...

How adorable are those! I just want to pop one in my mouth and eat it! Ok maybe not eat it but carry one around like a charm or something.

Ooty said...

Oh very sweet!!

CathyJean said...

Ahhh, I was just looking at that pattern yesterday! LOL and drooling about wanting to make a bunch of those cuties :) You know I'm pincushion crazy!!

Janet, said...

Those are really pretty. Mom had a store bought tomato pincushion when I was growing up. I'm going to save the instructions and make one later.
Thanks for the information.

Sherrie Nordgren-Sympletymes,Pinkeeps,BoomingAprons said...

Oh wow these are just the cutest! and it is a fantastic tutorial!!
Thank You so much M I can't wait to make a basket full of these!

Threads of Inspiration said...

These tomatoes are so cute. What a great way to use up scraps. Would you mind if I linked you on my blog?