I embroidered a strip. The fabric measured approx 3 inches by 13 inches. I wanted it deep enough so that when I put a long pin in there it wouldn't stab me! Here is a picture of my pattern during the embroidery process. The design I drew was just a suggestion. I ended up doing the words "HAVE FUN" I marked it with water soluble quilt marker so it would wash out. I also backed it with a peel and stick fabric stabilizer so that I could embroider it easily.
After my embroidery was all done (sorry I did not get a pic before I sewed the ends!) I sewed the ends and then folded in half, then half again, to get the general length of the side of the square top and bottom. I opted for a fabric I love! And I was happy to see that the floss colors I used really matched! by top and bottom squares were approx 3 3/4 inches. As you can see I cut the squares about 1/4 of an inch wider to allow for corners and seam allowance.
I looked and found this fabric of mine to make the wrist band from. The 2 fabric strips I cut were about 2 3/4 inches by 11 inches. I also cut 2 pieces of white flannel, so that it was a little padded, the same size. You could use batting if you wanted.
Put the fabric pieces, right sides together, and put the flannel on top of them. Stitch 3 sides, leaving an end open. Clip corners that were sewn.
You will then turn it right side out, iron if desired, turning under other end and stitching closed. My picture here has stitching from velcro down so disregard. I forgot to get a pic right after stitching that end down.
This was a step I did in the wrong order so I did not get pics. You will center the strap onto the right side of one of your squares. Make sure you leave enough room for seam allowance you will need when sewing the embroidered piece (or fabric) onto that square. Maybe stitch 1 inch away from edge of square. I had already sewn on my embroidered piece before sewing the strap down! oops. You could also opt to hand sew your strap onto your pincushion when it was all put together and stuffed. In the picture I give you here you can see how much room I left around the strap.
If you sewed your wrist band down, fold it in and away from edges!
I marked my side embroidered piece with a quilt marker. I folded it in half, then half again, and marked the fold lines. There will be 4, one for each corner.
I pinned the corners, at marks, first. I then put a pin in the center of each side of the square, pinning my embroidered piece in place. Here you can see how it was sewn. I did not go for perfection! It is folksy and whimsical. I opted to leave half of one side open on the bottom square. You could leave an opening on the top piece if you want. Just make sure you do leave an opening so you can turn inside out!
Sew the bottom square, then sew the top square the same way, marking and pinning.
You can see my embroidered piece does not come right to the corners. I do not mind that. If I wanted the corners to really meet crisply my square would be smaller.
Find your opening and pull it through, turning it right side out. You will then stuff it with whatever you want and then slipstitch the opening closed. I used polyfil batting that I had. I have read crushed walnut shells are good, but I had none of those!
I decided to stuff my pin cushion first so that I knew where it fit on my wrist, and so I did not find out, too late, that it was too tight or loose once it was stuffed. Make sure you put one side of the velcro on the end of one side, underneath. then fit to wrist and put the other side of velcro on top part of fabric on other end....Hope pic makes that clear!
another picture of velcro placement
I am excited to use it! I hope you like it! And, if anyone really needs a similar pattern to embroider I can sketch one up and put it as a download here. Just let me know!