Mini Pincushion Tutorial

You know how you hold on to those teeny scrap pieces of your favourite fabric?  Well, this project is perfect for using and showing them off.   At 4″ in size it is the perfect size for on the go sewing.  So handy for throwing in your project bag with your EPP.  I have to admit I have become completely obsessed with making them in the last week and thought you might like to as well.

You will need:

  • Cutting mat/ rotary cutter/ ruler
  • Scrap fabric
  • Stuffing or walnut shells
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • batting
  • hand sewing needle
  • 1/4” foot

Cut 4” square of backing fabric.

Cut your sacred scraps into 1” strips.

Cut 5” square of scrap batting.

(I use cotton batting as I find it gives a better quilt and feel to the pincushion)

Cut 2 x 1” squares and sew them right sides together.  Press seams to one side.



Next, sew the squares you just joined to a strip of fabric as shown in pic to begin creating a log cabin.  (I sew a long strip and trim off  rather than cut to size each time)

IMG_0007Continue to work around the block pressing the seams in the same direction, trimming as you go to retain the squared shape.

When you have sewn 15 strips in the round, your block should measure approx 4 1/2”.

IMG_0008Quilt the pincushion top as you choose.  I love crosshatching and this project is a great, and quick, way to be able to use it. Once you are finished quilting trim to 4”.

IMG_0009Place the backing square that you cut earlier, right sides facing, on top of your quilted pincushion top.  Sew a 1/4 “ round the edge leaving an gap (roughly 2”) to be able to turn the pincushion inside out.


Pull your pincushion through the gap and stuff.  I used polyester stuffing.  You can use walnut shells or whatever filling you prefer.  Sew up using a slip stitch.  I double my thread and sew beyond the gap finishing with a triple  small stitch. To secure push the needle through the stitch into the pincushion, up and out, away from the stitch to bury the thread.

Et Voila!

IMG_0010The fabric I have used is from my Actinomycetes fabric collection which is available until 31st July.  A selection of pin cushion and fabric is available in my Etsy Shop

Until next time,


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