Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome Summer blog hoppers!

You should have arrived here from Janell Blog ( if so you are on the right path, if not please click on the link to start at the beginning as we'd hate you to miss out any letters. I hope you are inspired by my project and are enjoying the blog hop so far, when you are ready please hop over to Leslie blog at and continue the fun.

I decided to do a Dress form pin cushion as my Summer project. This had to be one of the easiest projects I have done. I chose a beach theme, but think of the possibilities..... You could do anything with this girl.

Supplies used:

Muslin (for dress form & sash)
Wooden spool
Wood dowel
Wooden sun (from Hobby Lobby)
Making memories (buttercup paint)
Perfect pearls (mandarin)
Small sea shells
Adirondack ink (wildflower)
Flourish stamps
small letter stamp

Stick pins
Two Summer charms
Ric rac and ribbon

1. Cut muslin dress form front and back. mark darts with an air erase pen. Stitch darts. Iron darts toward center.

2. Stitch dress form front to back with 1/4" seam allowance. Leave opening on bottom as shown. Trim points and clip curves. Turn dress form right side out.

3. Assemble dress form base glue dowel into spool, paint and add paper and ribbon.

4. Paint the sun base and glue a light coat of sand to the center. Let dry and then lightly dust with Perfect pearls "mandarin" an add the micro beads around the edge. When finish glue the spool to the center of your base.

.5. With flourish stamp add decorative markings to front of dress form. I also stamped the sash and added some perfect peals to highlight it.

6. Stuff top half of form firmly. Insert dress form onto dowel and continue stuffing. Place a little glue around dowel to hold in place firmly. Add finial to the top of your dowel and glue it in place.

7. Start arranging and gluing sea shells around the base. Then stitch your sash and charms to the dress form.

8. Lastly I glued little shells to the stick pins.

Happy Summer hopping :) Next stop is Leslie.


  1. Cute. I love the shells and the sun shaped base. TFS.

  2. I looove it!!!
    Always wanted to have a go at this.
    Love your blog.

  3. Wow that is stunning, totally gorgeous work and totally refreshing to see something different. I'm unable to find your letter though?

  4. Beautiful project :) But no letter :(

  5. Thanks for the inspiration - I'm about to join in on a dress form swap! Have a great weekend!

  6. Awesome creation! Very talented and crafty beautifully executed. love the shabby/ vintag look to it.
    Big Blog Hugs!

  7. Fabulous dress form! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  8. This is so cute and unique! I love the colors you used. TFS!


  9. Great work, Trish! I have been wanting to try a dress form for sometime now...will have to get on it. TFS
    A {Little} Dab of Glue

  10. Great summer decorations on the pin cushion. Very pretty!

  11. Awesome project. I like the beach theme. You have great ideas.

  12. Very pretty project.
    cstephenson at q dot com

  13. Love your blog. Glad I found you through thread. Hope you will swing by and follow my new blog at

  14. Very nice dressform! Saw your slide show hope you're back to creating/posting soon :)