Patchwork Pincushion Tutorial

I am busy making stock for my upcoming craft fair and am making lots of lovely pincushions,so I thought I would do a quick tutorial on one of my favourite designs.
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You will need –
Scrap fabric with two different patterns
Hollow fibre filling
A small circle of linen (optional)
Embroidery floss in two different colours (optional)
Cotton thread
Sewing machine
Needle and thread

1) you will need to cut your fabric into 18 equal size squares (mine measured around 4 cm by 4 cm) so you need 9 of each.
2) arrange them how you wish.I chose to alternate mine and do them in a row of 3 across and 3 down for the front and back.When you are happy with your design simply sew 3 squares together making one strip of 3 and so on till you have 6 strips (3 for the back and 3 for the front).
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3) then sew 3 of your strips together to form a square for the front and then do the same for the back and then give them both a really good press.
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4) place the two squares right sides together and then sew around the edge leaving a 1 cm seam allowance and a gap of around 3 cm to turn it right side out.When you have sewn around cut the corners across being careful not to cut your stitches,this will make a neat corner.
5) turn right side out and push your corners out gently with a help of a chopstick or a blunt pencil.Give it a good press then fill with your filling,till it is nice and plump.Neatly sew up the gap by hand.

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6) now you can leave it as it is or if you wish you can pretty it up a little bit more.I chose to cut a circle of linen and embroider a simple flower design and then I stitched it onto the corner of the pincushion.But you could add small pom poms to each corner,embroider initials on it as a gift for someone or you could sew on some bunting made from small triangles of felt and ribbon,there is no end of ideas.

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Happy sewing,I going to be adding this pin cushion to my Etsy shop later on today and then I am going to start making my daughter a tote bag for school.but before all that I have a whole lot more sewing to do ready for my craft fair in July.Thank you for popping by ๐Ÿ™‚ Tabitha


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Shanda says:

    It’s so sweet! I am currently reading The Story Girl by LM Montgomery and there is a little story in it about one of the girls making cornmeal pudding and accidentaly using sawdust from a pincushion for the cornmeal. The mother had removed the sawdust and sifted it from an old pincushion in order to reuse it for another, and she put it in a tin without a label, consequently it was mistaken for cornmeal. LOL Anyway, you did a great job on yours!

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    1. What a funny story ๐Ÿ˜Š


  2. So cute! The embroidery just gives it that added extra loveliness! What do you use for your fillings? ๐Ÿ™‚


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