Here is my pincushion version of this toadstool. In this pincushion, the white glass headed pins create the white spots of the real toadstool. I have created a step~by~step photo tutorial for you to try making this pincushion yourself:
Using a saucer from a coffee or tea cup measuring 5 inches, trace and cut out a circle of red felt.
With red thread, baste a line about 1/4 inch from the edge of the circle. This is not rocket science so we don't have to be exact. Just stay as even as possible and be sure to not make your stitches too large so they will gather easily. Don't forget to leave a tail at the start and finish of the stitching to be able to pull the thread. I make a rather large knot to start so I can pull it back easily when it comes time to gather. These stitches will not be seen in the finished pincushion.
Gather the seam forming a flat ball by pulling carefully on both ends of the thread.
When the ball is formed to the desired size, knot the ends and stuff with your filling. Your cap should be well stuffed as this is where the pins will go in. Since I am using what I have on hand for these pincushions, I am cutting up an inexpensive quilt batting to fill my pincushion.
Measure the bottom of your stuffed mushroom cap. Mine measured 2 inches.
Cut a square of white felt to that measurment.
Fold this square in half and then again in half and cut a quarter circle. This is a bit like the paper snowflakes you maybe made as a child.
Pin this circle in place over the red mushroom cap and sew in place.
Be sure to take a deep enough stitch that the felt is secure. By clicking on this and all the photos, you should be able to see the detail.
The white is now sewn to the top.
Cut a piece of white felt 2-½ x 3 inches. Fold this piece in half so that it measures 2-1/2 X 1-1/5 inches. Sew a seam down the long edge and around the bottom edge forming an L shape. Be careful to backstitch the beginning and end to make sure it is secure.
Now press the bottom seam flat and take a couple of stitches diaginally. Do this on both sides of this bottom seam. This will give the stem some extra depth.
Turn the stem right side out using a unsharpened pencil to push out the corners.
Stuff the stem with your filling but not totally up to the top. You leave just a bit unstuffed. As you place the stem on the cap and push it slightly, the felt will give you a slight edge to stitch it to the cap.
Now place white glass headed pins into the cap to create your spots and there you have it! Your very own fall toadstool. I hope you have as much fun creating this as I did designing it. Please let me know if you make one as I would love to see it!
*** This is dedicated to Andrea, my CHL list sister, who's questions about how to find these patterns gave the idea of doing one of the pincushions as a tutorial. I am so flattered that people like these enough to want to make them too. ***