Handmade Felt Appliqué Pincushions

Hello friends,

It’s Minki of Minki’s Work Table. I had been given many nice Christmas gifts but there’s a particular gift that I can’t forget.

It is a mini felt teddy bear handmade for me by my high school friend for me. At the time neither one of us really knew anything about sewing. Her first teddy bear wasn’t perfect, it had uneven stitches and crooked neck. However I was so thrilled to get such a special gift, and I loved it so much because of the time she spent making on little bear just for me! I have kept her little felt bear in a special drawer for over twenty years, it has a magical power that drags me back to my high school days and makes me think about all the things that I left behind.

I hope you share something meaningful this Christmas rather than any product that we rush out and buy at the shops to exchange in a hurry.

Let’s get started!

Materials to Make a Handmade Felt Appliqué Pincushion

  • 100% wool felt 
  • 3 1/2” square of linen
  • 3 1/2” square of print fabric
  • Variety colors of 12wt threads. I used Aurifil
  • Fusible web such as Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • 6” Leather string
  • Sewing machine (I use a BERNINA 570 QE)
  • Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D

How to Sew a Handmade Felt Appliqué Pincushion

1.Trace a 1  1/2” circle on purple felt using a spool. Attach 2” square of fusible web on the back of felt. Lightly press and cut out the shape. Draw two leaf shape on different green felts using fabric pen and follow the same steps. Following the manufacturer’s instruction, fuse the cut out design on 3 1/2” square linen.

2.Set up your machine to sew. Use a size 90 needle,  12 wt cotton thread, and Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D. I selected a decorative stitch that reminds me of a flower, it is stitch #711 in my B 570 QE. I increased the stitch width just a bit. Feel free to select any stitch you like, and try a test on a scrap of fabric to see if you like it.

Change the stitch length.

Stitch flower motif one at a time. Trim the excess thread and sew next flower spacing evenly.

Change to straight stitch and stitch length to 3.0.

Sew straight line as shown and change green thread if you desire. Sew multiple times to finish the stem.

Sew the print fabric and linen together. Check out my One-of-a-kind pincushion tutorial for the details.

I hope you enjoy making this cozy gift for someone special. You can create your own pattern using spools or coins and add different shape of leaves. My Wool Felt Pincushion pattern is also available to download here.

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43 thoughts on “Handmade Felt Appliqué Pincushions

  1. I have used wool in projects in the past but I have never sewn it on using my machine — always did it be hand. I think I need to give this a try. Besides, my guild is having a pincushion swap at our Christmas Party this year and this project would work AND looks like fun! Thank you!!

  2. Oh, those are adorable! I have used wool felt before but not yet on my new Bernina 350 Special Edition. I think these would make lovely sachets too… filled with lavender (or cedar) and boxed just like you’ve done… a thoughtful gift for someone special. Saving this idea! Thank you…

  3. I have! I love wool felt it has such a wonderful feel to it. I’ve appliqued sweatshirt cardigans with it appliqued a wool purse… I especially like it when you wash it first to give it a whole different texture.

  4. I love using wool felt! Hand sewn as well as on my machine (rug hooking too). I think I have just enough time to do pincushions as my girlfriend gifts this year! Thanks!

  5. This project looks super fun to make and to receive. I’ve never used wool felt before in my sewing. But I marvel at the simplicity and elegance of your finished pin cushions. I’m thinking that I would certainly give it a try. The instructions and illustrations seem easy to follow. Having a small box to stage the various pincushions is also compelling. It would be hard to choose my favorite one. I wonder about placing them in a small basket? Thank you for the idea.

  6. I too have used felt but never on my machine. Love working with it by hand. But I think that is going to be my next project with scraps of felt I have accumulated over time. I love the softness of wool felt and I also love the forgiveness of it. You can adjust it anyway you want and it always cooperates. Love these little pin cushions and have to make a ton. Thank you for these!!

  7. What a great idea! I have a new Bernina 740 that I am still becoming familiar with. I definitely need to try this project so I will be more comfortable with my machine. Love this site. Thank you!

  8. I have used wool felt for one pincushion. These are adorable poincushions and will make a great gift and one for my collection too😊 I love Bernina and have learned so many neat things on the We All Sew website 🎄

  9. I have used wool felt before for hand stitched projects, but not yet with my machine. I am going to try these pincushies tho. I wish I had seen this a couple weeks ago because I am out of time to make something for my quilt mini group at this point. So… I am getting a head start for next year. 🙂

  10. I have never used wool felt in any projects I’ve done. I do think the pin cushions are clever presents for my sewing friends. Always looking for something hand made and not too expensive.

  11. The pincushions are adorable and would make lovely keepsake gifts! Thank you! I’m new to wool this year; have collected several kits and fabric and can’t wait to try my stash on these. I have a Bernina 550QE which I just love! Thank you Bernina!

  12. I have not yet used wool felt in my projects but have several in mind that call for it. I am looking forward to the day that I actually get around to playing with this fiber.

  13. I am currently using 100 % wool felt for a current project. Love working with this wool and it comes in so many colors. I love how soft and flexible this wool is to work with!

  14. I love making pin cushions and thinking about making pin cushions. I especially like simple patterns 😋 One question how do you get Bernina to sew only one flower at a time?

  15. I have recently been introduced to wool felt, and I love it. I have used it in several projects over the past few months. Pincushions shown are so cute. I like bigger ones, so will enlarge the base and motifs.

  16. These are absolutely adorable! I love the construction not being too complicated- letting the stitches do the work instead of lots of steps with iron-ons etc.
    The thing I love about using wool flannel in appliqué is the warmth and texture it adds to a piece.

  17. I work with wool and wool felt quite often. Most of my wool stitching is done by hand but I do enjoy the consistency of the machine work. I have also incorporated my wool appliqué and cotton fabrics which I love.

  18. I love working with wool, there are so many ways to use it in projects. I like to have a hand project for when I am on the run or in the car traveling afar and one project for my sewing machine. Having the Bernina stitch selections makes it that much more fun to be creative. I can’t wait to start on the pin cushions……they are soooooo cute.

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