Rail Fence Pincushion

A Little Inspiration . . . and you may win a BERNINA 350PE!

In November, BERNINA of America partnered with Coats to announce a Block Challenge using Coats Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz fabric. A simple 12″ x 12″ block is all you need to create to be entered to win one of 24 fabulous prices, including the Bernina 350 PE.

NOTE: This contest was conducted in January 2016 and has ended.

If your creativity needs a bit of inspiration, look no further. Coats’ Rail Fence Pincushion is a quick and easy make, perfect for getting inspired to make a 12″ x 12″ block. Instructions for the project download can be found at the bottom of this post.

Rail Fence Pincushion

As a reminder, here are details of the Challenge for you to savor and consider.

Now through January 11, 2016, post on the Make It Coats Facebook page your 12” x 12” block made from Tim Holtz’s Eclectic Elements fabric. Be sure you hash tag your block #TimHoltzEclecticElements and #BerninaUSA.

Tim and a team of experts will select 24 of their favorite blocks. Winners will be announced on the Make It Coats Facebook page on January 22, 2016. The chosen blocks will then be sewn into a quilt which will be featured at the Spring International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City in May 2016. Best part, your entered block could win one of our 24 fantastic prizes!BERNINA sponsors Tim Holtz Block Challenge Top Prize: BERNINA B 350 PE Sewing Machine and 10 yards of Coats Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz fabric.

Runner Up: 10 yards of Coats Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz Fabric and Coats Dual Duty XP® All-Purpose thread, 50 pc. gift box.

Second Runner Up: 5 yards of Coats Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz Fabric and Coats Dual Duty XP® All-Purpose thread, 18 pc. thread kit.

4th – 24th prizes: 1- 5″ Coats Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz 25 pc. Charm Pack or 25 pc. Design Roll.

For more information about the Coats Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Block Challenge, click here.

Don’t delay. Let your creative journey inspire you and start creating today!

Eclectic Elements Rail Fence Pincushion

By Carol Caraccia

Featuring Coats Ecelectic Elements by Tim Holtz

Skill: Intermediate

Finished size: 5″ (13.97cm) square

Eclectic Elements Collection by Tim Holtz

Fabric Requirements:

  • (A) PWTH006.BLUEX 1/8 yd. (.11m)
  • (B) PWTH008.NEUTR 1/8 yd. (.11m)
  • (C) PWTH016.MULTI 1/8 yd. (.11m)
  • (D) PWTH008.NEUTR (backing) 6″ (15.24) square

Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz

Eclectic Elements Fabric by Tim Holtz

Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz


  • Decorative button of choice
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Coats Dual Duty XP® All Purpose thread

Additional Requirements:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter/mat/plastic ruler
  • Iron/pressing board
  • Basic sewing supplies

Cutting Instructions:

Note: WOF—Width of Fabric, LOF—Length of Fabric.

All seam allowances are ¼” (.64cm)

Cutting Instructions:

From each of Fabrics A, B, and C, cut:

(1) 1 ½” x 20″ (3.81 cm x 50.8 cm)

Instructions to sew the Rail Fence Pincushion:

  1. Sew the Fabric A, B, and C strips together lengthwise to make one strip unit. Crosscut (4) 3 ½” (8.89) square Rail Fence blocks from the strip unit.
  2. Refer to the project photo for guidance, arrange the 4 blocks in a square, rotating each one so that the same fabric strip along one outside edge is positioned in the middle. (Note: Two blocks should have the strips oriented vertically and two blocks should have the strips oriented horizontally.)
  3. Sew the two top blocks together—one vertical and one horizontal. Press seam toward the vertically oriented block.
  4. Sew the two bottom blocks together in reverse order of the top row. Press in the same manner.
  5. Sew the top and bottom rows together. Trim ¼” (.64 cm) off each side of the pin cushion top, squaring up to measure 6″ x 6″ (15.24 cm x 15.24 cm).


  1. Place the pieced pin cushion top, right sides together, with the backing square. Sew ¼” (.64 cm) away from the outside edge around three sides, leaving the fourth side open. Turn right side out and insert the fiberfill. Fold the raw edges under along the open edge and sew the opening closed by hand.
  2. Thread a hand sewing needle, insert through the center of the pincushion through all layers, and sew the button on, pulling on the thread so that the front and back of the pin cushion are drawn together. Secure thread.

Rail Fence Pincushion Instructions

Eclectic Elements Fabric Collection by Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz has A Gift For You!

One 1- 5″ Coats Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz 25 pc. Charm Pack will soon belong to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

What is your favorite fabric collection from Tim Holtz?

A winner will be chosen at random on January 8, 2016 and announced the following week!

Good luck!

49 thoughts on “Rail Fence Pincushion

    1. Tim Holtz’s fabric can be found inside Jo Ann Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics as well as independent quilt shops. You might also want to look into fabric.com, Hawthornethreads.com and Craftsy.com.

  1. I just made a table runner for a Christmas present last month to my son and his wife using, subway signs, top shop, and cigar box, They Loved it
    My two favorites are multi botanical, and multi photo card, although it is very hard to narrow it down !

  2. My favorite fabric collection from Tim Holtz? I absolutely <3 the Eclectic Elements! Especially the butterflies as I love butterflies. I have been a huge Tim fan since I met him at CHA in 2005-I think it was. I also had the pleasure of demo'ing next to him & Carol Duval in 2006 in Cincinnati. He has always been a great source of inspiration in stamping and scrapbooking.

  3. Wow! This is my first introduction to Tim Holtz, and the Eclectic Elements collection is so different from fabric I would normally collect. But I like all the different collections of things. Darn, and I wasn’t going to buy any more fabric. So much for that New Year’s resolution!

  4. My very favorite is Bouquet in Multi! Gorgeous! I love, love, love it! And, I am excited to get the pin cushion pattern. Thank you and thank you for the opportunity to participate. Alice Cornelson

  5. I love all of the prints in the Eclectic Elements collection, especially the wallflower shabby script & the print with the music composition. I would love to make a quilt using this collection! I’m also looking forward to making the rail fence pincushion!!

  6. His fabric is new to me. Love the Eclectic Elements. This material is so unique. I have been quilting for a lot of years but this material inspires me like when I first started quilting.

  7. As a former scrapbooker, Tim was my favorite designer!! Now that I’ve found his fabric at a few places, it will be fun to add to my stash!! I would be thrilled to win!!!

  8. I really like Eclectec Elements as they are a masculine type of fabric and there arn’t a lot of them around. with 4 son’s and 8 grand son’s , I am always on the lookout for manly fabrics..

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