Free-Motion Quilting Scissors Pincushion Tutorial

Learn how to make a free motion quilted scissors motif, then turn your snips into a mini-quilt or pincushion with this tutorial from Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Do you need to spruce up your sewing studio? Or, do you need a gift for your sewing friends? In less than an afternoon, you can free motion quilt The Scissors motif wall hanging or divide the banner into pincushions to give as gifts with this free motion quilted scissors pincushion tutorial.

Materials to make a Scissors Motif Banner or Pincushion

  • Fat quarter solid fabric
  • Fat quarter print fabric for backing
  • Lightweight batting
  • Rayon, Polyester or other decorative thread for Free Motion Quilting
  • Sewing machine (I use a BERNINA 770)
  • Thread for construction of pincushion (cotton or polyester)
  • For Pincushion, add:
    Fiberfill
    Ground nutshells for pincushion filling (optional)
    Lavender (optional)

How To Free Motion Quilt a Pair of Scissors

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Begin by drawing a 4″ x 6″ rectangle. The scissors are easy to draw: draw two ovals, two small squares and one long triangle. Optional: use a ruler to draw the triangle.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Create a quilt sandwich with light batting and set your machine for free motion quilting. Use a BERNINA Stitch Regulator, Quilting foot #29, or my favorite, the Free-motion embroidery foot #24, shown here.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Begin stitching on the left side of the long triangle. Stitch up to the point and back down again. Stop here with the needle down.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Stitch to the left a few stitches, then stitch into the center of the triangle and back down again. (NOTE-It is better to stop short of the very tip of the triangle to avoid a build up of stitches at the point.) Stitch to the left, back to the beginning of the stitching line.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Stitch around the top square, then stitch a small circle to create the scissor’s screw. Stitch to the side of the top square. Stop with the needle down.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

The lower square and the oval form the handle of the scissors. Stitch all the way around the two shapes to create the left handle.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Fill in this shape with wavy lines on top and a messy spiral.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Stitch around the right handle and fill in the shape with a messy spiral as well.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Closely echo stitch around the entire motif to complete one perfect pair of scissors.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

CAUTION-These scissors are for FABRIC ONLY!!

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Once you start, you won’t want to stop!

How To Make a Free Motion Quilted Scissors Banner

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

To make the banner wall hanging, space the scissor ¾” apart. Free motion quilt a decorative line between each pair of scissors and around all of them to create a frame.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

To create the frames around the scissors, free motion quilt a double line of zig zag or use one of the gorgeous decorative stitches available on your BERNINA! Finish binding the edges of your banner using your favorite method.

 

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

How To Make a Free Motion Scissors Pin Cushion

The Pin Cushion can be made with one or two Scissor motifs.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

To create the Pincushion with two pairs of scissors, draw a rectangle 6″ x 4-1/2″ and divide it diagonally. Draw and stitch the scissors as above.

NOTE-Each pincushion requires a margin of ¾” all the way around. If you are sewing several pincushions in a row, leave 1-1/2″ between each rectangle.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Cut a backing for the pincushion ½” longer than the top of the pincushion.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Cut the backing in half.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Stitch a seam in the backing, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing. NOTE-It is neater to hide the final slipstitching in this seam than in an edge seam.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Press the seam open.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Pin the backing to the quilted motif, right sides together.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

The pincushion will be stitched with a ¼” seam allowance. Taper into the corners slightly to give the pincushion a better shape.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Set the machine for standard sewing and stitch all the way around the rectangle using a ¼” seam allowance.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Trim the corners.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Turn right side out.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Stuff with fiberfill or ground nut shells (available at your local quilt store or pet store in the bird aisle). Add a little lavender for an additional treat to your senses!

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Slip stich the seam.

Scissors Motif Pincushion Tutorial

Voilà! Just add pins!

For more variety, free motion quilt Spools of Thread on to your pincushions with this free tutorial.

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