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Embroidered Pincushion

Finished size : 4½″ wide × 3″ long × 1½″ deep

Everyone needs a good pincushion! A little embroidery makes this one extra special. A few simple stitches are all you need to know; it’s a fast and easy introduction into a relaxing new hobby.

Materials and Supplies

  • 1 fat quarter of calico
  • Scrap of wool felt
  • Perle cotton #8 and embroidery floss in colors to coordinate with the calico
  • Small piece of tissue paper
  • Small embroidery hoop

embroidered pincushion 1

preparing it


  1. Trace or copy pincushion pattern.
  2. Take a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than the design and place it on top of the embroidery design. With a fine-tip marker, trace the design onto the tissue paper. You’ll be embroidering through it onto the felt.


  1. Cut the calico in half lengthwise; then trace the pincushion pattern on the wrong side of the fabric. Do not cut out your pincushion at this time.
  2. Cut 1 rectangle 2½″ × 3½″ from the wool felt.

embroidering it up

For instructions on making the stitches.

1). Flip your calico to the wrong side, where the grain is more easily seen. The felt must be situated parallel to the grain of the cotton fabric. For more on grain, refer to grain (Tips and Tricks). Trace the felt rectangle on the center of the wrong side of the calico and then use a few pins to mark the corners. Pin the felt rectangle onto the front, using the corner pins for placement.

2). Hand baste the felt to the calico and remove any pins.

3). Pin and then hand baste the tissue paper to the felt. Use the corners on the design to position it on the felt correctly.

embroidered pincushion 2

4). Beginning with the flowers in the corners, stitch lazy-daisy petals for all the flowers. Use a single strand of #8 perle cotton or 3 strands of floss. Mine were a cheery yellow.

5). For the vines and leaves, use 4 strands of floss—I used green. Split stitch the vines and stitch lazy daisies for the leaves.

6). Using 1 strand of perle cotton, make French knots in the center of each lazy-daisy flower and between the 2 leaves in the corner with the extra vine.

7). Remove the tissue paper from the stitches slowly and carefully. Use tweezers or the tip of a stiletto to remove any hard-to-reach or stubborn tissue.

sewing it up

1. Fold the embroidered fabric in half, right sides together, and cut out the 2 pieces of the pincushion on the traced pattern lines.

2. Pin the 2 pieces, right sides together, and sew both of the short sides together from end to end with a ¼″ seam allowance. Sew a long side together from end to end, and on the other long side leave a 2″ opening to turn the pincushion right side out later.

embroidered pincushion 3

3). To sew the corners, pull the layers of fabric apart from each other and pinch the width and length seams together so that they match. Pin them together, making sure that the seams are opposite each other. In other words, you want the width seam allowance going up and the length going down. Repeat on all 4 corners.

4). Sew the corners together using a ¼″ seam allowance.

embroidered pincushion 4

5). Turn the cushion right side out and stuff with polyester fiberfill until it’s firm—but not overstuffed. Fold the seam allowances in at the side opening and pin it shut. Refer to Hand Stitches to slipstitch the seam shut.

embroidered pincushion 5

embroidered pincushion 6

For all printable patterns or digital content, click here.

embroidered pincushion 7

Source :
Kelly McCants
at home with modern June
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