Quick Personalized Pincushion

This friendly little pincushion makes use of scraps and creates a quick and easy stocking stuffer for the fellow sewist on your list. I made one from my mom, and customized it with her monogram. From start to finish this little number took no more than 45 minutes. Make one for all your quilt guild besties!

Pincushion tutorial at WeAllSew

Materials to Make a Personalized Pincushion

  • Two scraps of quilting cotton (totaling 4″ x 4″ with 1/4 inch seam allowances)
  • One scrap of fabric (4″ x 4″)
  • Backing fabric- I used pink flannel leftover from another project
  • Leather lace for couching (I used orange)
  • Walnut Shells*
  • Polyfill or wool batting (I used a scrap of wool batting)

Pincushion tutorial at WeAllSew

1.) Piece your fabrics together to make a 4″ x 4″ square. Iron flat. Iron the backing fabric that you chose, I used a scrap of hand embroidered cloth. Place both pieces on top of your backing fabric (you could also use shape flex or another fusible web here, but I like to use up leftover scraps).

2) Couch your leather in stripes onto both pieces of fabric. I used the Reverse pattern foot #1D for this with a straight stitch, and sewed slowly to make straight lines.

Pincushion tutorial at WeAllSew

Pincushion tutorial at WeAllSew

3.)  Add a monogram! I used the font settings in my BERNINA 770 QE to create a quick embroidered monogram.  I recommend stitching it first onto a scrap of fabric to make sure the sizing is correct.  I wanted mine to sit between two lines of couched leather.

4.) Embellish! I used the BERNINA Stitch Regulator (BSR) to create concentric circles of color around the monogram to make it pop.

5.) Trim the backing fabric away, and sew right sides together, leaving a 2″ opening. Turn right sides out, using a chopstick to flip corners out the best you can. This takes a little work since the fabric is so bulky, be patient and don’t worry too much about perfection.

6.) Fill – I used half walnut shells and half wool batting leftover from a quilting project.

7.) Stitch shut by hand using a ladder stitch.

Pincushion tutorial at WeAllSew

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