DIY Phrenology Head Pin Cushion
It’s been awhile since I posted a project, I’ve had so much going on the past few weeks but, now that I’m getting caught up again, I can get back to crafting! This weeks project is a fun and quirky little Phrenology Head Pin Cushion.
Click HERE for the Printable PDF Reversed Image of the Phrenology Heads
I used an antique Phrenology head diagram from HERE and I altered it a bit to give it a craft theme. Feel free to grab the images above for decoupage, collage etc. However for this particular project we will need mirror, or reversed, images, you can download the PDF with the mirror image versions above.
1) Solid Color tightly woven light colored fabric (Just keep in mind that the tighter the weave on the fabric the better. Loose weave fabrics just don’t work well, as the pattern will bleed. Sorry ladies, but I doubt burlap would work for this!)
2)Citra-solv Natural Cleaner & Degreaser – This product comes in Lavender or Orange, I found mine at my local Health food store and also it’s now for sale in my local grocery store.
3) Photocopy of the download – Take you printed PDF to your local copy place and have a photocopy made. Not all black and white copiers work, I believe you need a toner based image. I made some copies at Staples and they did not work, but the ones that I did at my local grocery store did. So test it first to make sure it works!
4)A cotton ball or paintbrush (For applying the Citra -Solv)
5)Painters tape or pins
7)Also- an old metal spoon, an old towel, some newspaper and some rubber gloves.
8) A needle and thread or a sewing machine
9)Batting or fiber fill
10)A small section of ribbon- for hanging
Step 1: First follow the instructions for transferring the printable PDF onto the fabric, using this tutorial HERE. After your fabric is dry, cut around the images and leave a little room for your seams.
Step 2: Pin the 2 pieces together so that the images are on the inside and are facing each other. Then sew by hand or by machine. I’m not speaking to my sewing machine right now, so mine was done by hand and it only took about 10- 15 minutes. Make sure you leave a couple of inches open at the top for your batting and hanger!
Step 3: Turn right sides out and press with an iron.
Step 4: Stuff with batting or fiber fill. Add a little ribbon loop (I used black velvet ribbon) for a hanger and sew opening shut.
Now you have a fun little place to keep all of your pins ready for your next sewing project!
crafty creations says
Love it !!!!! and thank you so much for the inspiration – going to have a go
La Dolce Vita says
great project Karen!!!
I altered a head like this similarly (with artistic words) for an art challenge I was in not long ago.
Cottage Way of Life says
Love this project. I mean L-O-V-E this project! I’m going to have to make one to sit next to the real phrenology head I have.
Oh, love this, so unique! great-Great..
I love this project — I’m a psychologist and crafter! Why not print the image directly on sheets of fabric designed to be fed into a printer (liked Printed Treasures)? You couldn’t do it for something like your tea towel project, but it would work for this project because you’re going to cut it out anyway. You can buy the printer fabric for inkjet or laser printers.
Just a thought…
Nice and Easy Antiques says
Hi Karen, I’ll alter this image and use it in my Spanish Blog…my followers will love it!!!
Terri Kahrs says
It might be a bit quirky, but your pin cushion is great fun, Karen! Hugs, Terri xoxo
I love this idea. I actually have a Phrenological head that I bought at an antique store in Texas many years ago. This is definitely a kewl twist on that~
Karen- The Graphics Fairy says
I’m so glad you guys like this one! A bit quirkier than what I usually do, but I had fun with it!!
Mom, Wife & Student, what a funny coincidence!
VerdeSalvia delle colline di Firenze says
How Funny, Karen!
Thats such fun, what a clever idea! Thank you for sharing!
Mom, Wife, and, Student says
Last night as I was reading my book, a Phrenology Head was mention. I had no clue what it was, but sort of kind of guessed. I was right! Thanks!!
I LOVE this project-laughed out loud when I saw it…great idea Karen!
I love this project. Its in my must-do file. Thank you.