I’m always looking for great ideas to use up some of my quilting scraps fabrics and this week I made some simple patchwork pincushions to give as gifts. These don’t take long to make and are simple enough for even beginner sewers to learn how to make a pincushion.
How to Make a Pincushion: Supplies
- Quilting fabric scraps
- 2 buttons approximately 1/2 inch (12mm)
- Polyester stuffing
- Sewing basics – thread, hand needle
How to Make a Pincushion – The Video
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How to Make a Pincushion
Step 1: Cut 2 squares of contrasting fabrics into 5 x 5 inches (12.7 x 12.7cm). Cut through them diagonally.
Step 2: Put 2 contrasting triangles with RIGHT sides together and diagonal with a 1/4 inch seam.
Make sure you are putting contrasting fabrics together. Don’t see 2 pieces of the same fabric together.
Step 3: Press open the seams
Step 4: Once again cut across the diagonal as shown.
Step 5: Put your pieces together so that you have contrasting fabrics facing each other. Stitch across the diagonal with a 1/4 inch seam (6mm). Press the seams open.
Step 6: You now have 2 square pieces.
Step 7: Put them with RIGHT sides together. Double check you have contrast fabrics touching. Stitch around the square with a 1/4 inch seam but leave a 1-inch (2.5cm) gap on one side. Clip the corners
Step 8: Turn the pincushion the RIGHT way out. Stuff it and stitch the gap closed with a ladder stitch.
Step 9: Sew a button on either side of the center. It is easiest to do this in one motion putting the needle straight through and sewing both buttons at once.