|This is the China cup that I retrieved for 50 cents at a local thrift store.|
I made a pattern by drawing around the rim of the cup, then allowing about 1" extra.
Cut your sweater piece from this pattern.
|Once you have stitched around the entire circle pull the threads so that the edges will stand up around the future ball.|
|Put the polyfil into this little "cup" with extra billowing out.|
As you draw up the threads you can push the extra stuffing inside to make the pincushion firm.
|Now you can start drawing up the gathering threads.|
|At this point pull the threads as tight as you can to close the opening.|
Tie the threads.
I like to leave the threads and push them inside the ball.
|Chop sticks are the best tool (and so very technically scientific!) to stuff the threads inside the ball.|
They are also excellent for arranging the stuffing if it needs mushing around.
|Part of the beauty of these chop sticks in particular is the squared tops, though any wooden, non polished chop stick is fine. The rough surface keeps it from sliding.|