Pins & Needles NG Page

Pins & Needles is led by Lorraine PotterFor more information or to be added to the P&N NG Member email list please contact her. In person meetings have resumed at the 

Downtown Bradenton Branch (map)

1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West 
Bradenton, FL 34205-7522 
(941) 748-5555


2021 Charity Projects are: Making masks, post-op pillows for the Manatee Hospital Breast Care Unit and making & filling gift bags for Hope Family Services.

2021 Programs

Jan 2: Mug Rugs

Feb 6: Make something out of men's ties--and share the pattern and technique

Mar 6:  Using Pashmina as the base for creating a garment with Judy B

Apr 3: English paper piecing to make a mug rug or quilt


May 1: Charity Sew pattern review of ditty bags, pillowcases and other items

View Recording

Jun 5: Appliqué with Cork - Hedy H

View June 5th Recording

View June 12th Recording

(See Members Only area for slideshow and patterns)


Jul 3: HOLIDAY no meeting

Aug 7: Packing Cubes with Lorraine

Aug 7th recording


Packing Cubes 8 7 2021.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 10.2 MB

Sep 4: Using rulers when Free Motion Quilting with Judy B

View Sep 4 recording of using rulers in FMQ



Oct 2: Christmas Project- Santa Head with Lorraine

Santa Head Instructions
Instructions for Santa Head Christmas project
10 1 2021Santa Head Instructions.docx
Microsoft Word Document 15.0 KB
Pattern Pieces for Santa
Download this PDF for the pattern pieces for the Santa Head Christmas project
10 2021 Santa.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.0 MB

Santa Head Instructions
The Santa will measure approximately 28 Inches high (Body—beard hangs lower) by 14 inches across and 8 inches deep.
You will need the following fabrics:
• 1 yard for the hat (I chose the traditional red both cotton for one and velour for another)
• ½ yard for the face (I chose a cream colored cotton)
• 1 yard for the hair (beard, mustache, and hair around top of face (I used cotton and fleece—cotton was easier)
• Buttons, wire, blush and other decorations for the Santa face
• A pompom for the tip of the hat
Sewing Directions:
1. Print the Santa Pattern
2. Cut the hat pattern and tape the pages together
3. Cut the face pattern and tape the pages together
4. Print the hair pattern piece.
5. Choose your fabric for the hat.
6. Choose your fabric for the face.
7. Choose your fabric for the beard (I chose cotton for one Santa (which was easier to manage) and fleece (which was harder to sew and manage)
8. Cut out two hat pieces, two face pieces, and 27 beard pieces out of your chosen material.
9. Mark the face with beard placement, nose and eye placements.
10. Sew the face piece to the hat piece right sides together. Do NOT sew the front hat and face to back hat and face.
11. Take 20 of the hair pieces and place the middle of the piece on the beard markings on the face. The hair pieces will overlap each other.  Sew the middle of the hair piece along the beard markings. Then fold over the hair piece and you will have your beard.
12. Take one hair piece, fold it in fourths and then sew it under the nose marking.
13. Take the last six hair pieces and arrange each piece in fourths (otherwise his hair will cover his face!)  at the seam between the hat and face with the middle of the hair piece placed on the seam line between the hat and face. (this is Santa’s hair sticking out from under the hat.) Sew the hair pieces in place along the seam of the hat and face.
14. You may now sew the face pieces on the face or wait until you sew the front and back together and stuff the Santa head.  I waited until I stuffed the Santa.
15. After you have finished attaching the beard and face pieces you must sew the front hat and face to the back hat and face leaving a space to stuff the head.  Be careful that you do not catch the hair while sewing.
16. Stuff the Santa, and close the open seam. (you probably will have to sew it by hand)
17. Decorate the head.  I used a 2 ½ “round piece of fabric to make the nose (I sewed around the nose piece, stuffed it and then sewed it on the face above the mustache.  I then used two blue buttons for the eyes and made eye glasses from some wire and used blush for rosy cheeks.  You can decorate the face as you see fit. You may add bells and other ornaments to the face and hat as well.
18. Add a POMPOM at the tip of the hat.

Meeting in person

Downtown Bradenton Branch

1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West 

Bradenton, FL 34205-7522 

(941) 748-5555

Nov 6: Ditty Bags for Hope Family Services- bring any toiletries that you have collected or  donation if you prefer.  

Also, if you want to call me to unload if you have to park a little ways away, and we will come out and help.  Thanks 

Dec 4: Good Morning

Just a reminder, we will be filling the ditty bags this Saturday beginning at 11 am at the central library downtown.  Many hands will make light work. Please plan on joining the fun.  
Only thing you might need is lunch.  Central library
1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West 
Bradenton, FL 34205-7522 
(941) 748-5555 

The following Sat, Dec 11,  is our annual NG Christmas Party with Creative Sassy Sewers held at the south Manatee library.  Bring a dish to pass, your own place setting and little decoration for the table.

The next Saturday Dec 18th is the Chapter Christmas party at Fruitville library in Sarasota beginning at 10:30.  Lunch is provided. Please  bring a dessert, the recipe for the dessert and a gift either made or purchased for our exchange.
I need two people to help me at the Chapter luncheon, please let me know if you are coming and can help. 


JAN 1 2022: HOLIDAY no meeting

Addresses for events:
Central library
1301 Barcarrota Boulevard West 
Bradenton, FL 34205-7522 
(941) 748-5555 

Community Service: We track our reported volunteer time and money donations and report the information to CAB. If you sew for local, national and international charity agencies and organizations please download and submit the form to your NG Leader.