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If you’re looking for a quick and fun Saturday afternoon quilting project, make a little pincushion. When I made my first pincushion last weekend, it came together so quickly, I had to make 2 more! And write up a quick tutorial so I could share the fun!

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Pincushion Tutorial:

Materials:

4 Charm squares – 2.5″ x 2.5″

1 Backing fabric – 5″ x 5″

2 White lining fabrics – 5″ x 5″

2 Pieces of batting – 5″ x 5″

Polyester Fill

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1. Create patchwork top – sew blocks together, 2 rows of 2. Press seam allowances in alternate directions. All seam allowances are 1/4″.

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Sew the rows together, matching and pinning your seams, to make pincushion top. Press seam allowance to either side.

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2. Make a quilt sandwich with the pincushion top, batting, and one 5” white square. Make a second quilt sandwich with the 5″ backing square, batting, and one 5” white square.

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3.  Machine quilt top and bottom. I chose to do 1/2″, straight-line quilting, using the edge of my walking foot to line up each row. The top I did in a cross-hatch pattern. My stitch length is 3.5. You can use a regular foot if you don’t have a walking foot.

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To create the cross-patch pattern, I did my first line 1/4″ from the middle seam. Repeat on the other side of the seam and both sides of the 2nd seam. Use the edge of the walking foot to achieve 1/2″ spacing between quilt lines and quilt rest of the top.

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4. Trim off the excess batting and backing. The top and bottom should now measure 4.5″ square.

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5. Place the two parts right sides together and sew along the edges, leaving a 2” gap in the center of one side for turning and stuffing. Backstitch at the beginning and end. Trim off the corners, careful not to cut into the seam.

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6. Turn the pincushion right side out and use a knitting needle or something similar to poke out the corners. Do not press too hard or you may poke a hole through your seam.

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7. Stuff it with your fiber fill, or stuffing of choice, and hand stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch. If you’re not sure how to do the ladder stitch, check out a video on YouTube. That’s what I did!

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Finished! If you prefer the scrappy look of my other pincushions, replace each 2.5″ square with two 1.5″ squares that you piece with a 1.5″ x 2.5″ rectangle.

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Hope you love these as much as I do and will make one for yourself, and a friend, and a relative …

Please share, comment, and offer tips below.  Happy Sewing!

Teri of The Hummingbird Thread

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