What better way to dress up those tiny empty spaces on your mad hatter Christmas tree than with a few pin cushions made from the Hatter's thimble. I think they are so darn cute, kinda like Johnny Depp♥
They come together quickly if you gather all your supplies before hand.
A bonus...you will NOT NEED TO PUNCH HOLES IN THE THIMBLE
Here's what you need:
1. Cut a 2.5" (6.4cm) circle from fabric or ribbon.
2. Place one and one half cotton balls in the middle of the fabric circle. Gather the material around the cotton ball forming a tiny pin cushion. Wrap a piece of thread around the gathered end of the fabric close to the base of the ball, pull the thread tightly and tie off.
4. Using a needle and thread attach the chain to the pin cushion, position the rings as shown in the picture below. The rings must be placed so that they are below the top rim of the thimble. Make four or five stitches around the edge of the jump ring, push the needle through to the other side of the pin cushion and attach the other end of the chain in the same manner.
Keep pressing the cushion into the thimble until the glue is set.
6. Finish by placing a few pins into the pin cushion. For a variation on plain pins I added a few beads to each pin and held them in place with a drop of white glue.
I also used copper and brass spray paint on a few of the thimbles to change up the color from the original stainless steel look.
Now you are ready to hang these little lovelies on your tree, the Mad Hatter would be proud!