How to sew on the centrepiece of a biscornu

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Have you ever sewn a crystal or a button in the centre of a biscornu…? If so, then chances are you’ve experienced the frustration of 2 hands being insufficient to pinch the biscornu down AND stitch the centrepiece on tight enough! Here’s a way to do achieve this, easy peasy lemon squeezy style 🙂

You know what I mean: you squeeze the nicely stuffed biscornu in the centre, and as you get to stitch the crystals together, you HAVE to let go sooner or later to thread a crystal on, and pfffffffew the wretched thing puffs itself up again! It’s a battle of wills. And I don’t do sweating over a battle of wills against a biscornu: somehow, it doesn’t sound very heroic, does it!

So here’s a way to do it, without breaking a sweat 😉

1. You need a biscornu, a couple of crystals (buttons, or any other decoration you wish to use), and some polyester thread as stranded cotton isn’t strong enough for this job:

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2. On one side of the biscornu, find the centre. Use the loop method to attach the thread over a good few strands of fabric (if all the pressure is on a couple of strands only, they risk tearing):

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3. Pinch the biscornu in the centre with one hand, and stitch through to the other side with the other hand (keep going back and forth a good 3 or 4 times) WITHOUT using the crystals! Make sure the hollow is nice and deep. Then still holding the biscornu with your left hand (or right hand if you’re left-handed), give it a few loop knots to stop the thread from becoming loose again. Now, you can let go!! And don’t worry if it looks a little messy in the centre – we still have to attach the crystals which will hide any imperfection 😉

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4. Now that you’ve so easily won the first battle (what a smug feeling!), you’re ready for round 2: sew on the crystals, one on each side. You don’t even need to sew them on super tight, as the biscornu will retain its shape no matter what, now. You just need to make sure they don’t wobble about. And when you’re done, give the thread a couple of loop knots again, under the crystal, and push the needle out as far as you can, away from the crystal:

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5. Pull the thread, and at the same time, snip it as close to the fabric as possible. Once cut, the thread will spring back into the biscornu and remain out of sight. Perfect!

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[I know, I couldn’t hold the thread AND the scissors AND the camera, so I did have to let go of the thread – but you make sure you pull it tight, though 😉 !! ]

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There, didn’t I tell you? Easy peasy lemon squeezy 😉

And if you found this tip useful, feel free to share it!

How to sew on the centrepiece of a biscornu

A few design ideas you may like, for which this method works really well:

Peacock Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Stitching Set

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PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Peacock stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.

Don’t just store your stitching tools – do it with style and panache! These designs feature proud peacocks and their glorious feathers, enhanced with beads and sequins.

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Violet Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Stitching Set
Violet Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Violet stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£10.00
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Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this striking biscornu pin-cushion – don’t just pin your needles, do it with style and panache!
This design features a proud peacock and his glorious feathers, beautifully enhanced with beads and sequins. Once assembled, this biscornu is about 10.5 x 10.5 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

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Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu

Pattern to stitch a soft & dreamy biscornu as a wedding ring cushion, or (without the ribbon & wedding rings) as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, or even simply as an ornament! This design would also make a very pretty Mother’s Day gift.
Once assembled, it’s about 10 cm (4″) wide and 5 cm (2″) thick.
This design features a wreath of white roses and buds, and it’s enhanced with beads and sequins for a stunning sparkly finish.

£5.00
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Snowdrop Biscornu
Snowdrop Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowdrop Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this biscornu with delicately arranged snowdrops, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, white beads and mother-of-pearl sequins.

£5.00
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Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu. It can be used as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£5.00
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To see all biscornu patterns, click HERE.

2 Responses

  1. Pamela Cambray
    | Reply

    Wow I will give that method a go

    • Faby Reilly
      | Reply

      Excellent! I’m really pleased you’re finding it useful, Pamela. Let me know how you get on 🙂

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