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!
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″
1. Create patchwork top – sew blocks together, 2 rows of 2. Press seam allowances in alternate directions. All seam allowances are 1/4″.
Sew the rows together, matching and pinning your seams, to make pincushion top. Press seam allowance to either side.
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.
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.
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.
4. Trim off the excess batting and backing. The top and bottom should now measure 4.5″ square.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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