How to make a simple square pincushion…

February 6, 2009 29 Comments by Kirsty


In around 15 minutes from Go to Wo.

I made another video & timed myself but the whole thing was such a disaster – it was axed before it even made it to air.

I’ve been making lots of these pincushions lately. They came about from the fortune teller folding & then the fat quarter folding.

Nothing remarkable in the construction of this super quick pincushion but I think that they finish up as something quite beautiful for very little effort.

Once all this was finished I had a vague memory of my grandmother having a pincushion constructed in the same way out of a Bargello sampler.

I think that these would look excellent as samples for the seam-along.

You can see variations on the theme in felt with a pinked seam & in a heavy cotton with a frayed seam.

27 Comments

  1. thornberry
    5 years ago

    Not only super speedy but super nice! Lovely tute Kirsty – you continue to excel.

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  2. Jenni
    5 years ago

    this is really quite wonderful, & I have quite a few of those seriettes to practise on. Thanks a bunch for showing.

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  3. Lexi:: PottyMouthMama
    5 years ago

    Wow these are gorgeous – yours is soooo pretty. Do you think this is something that I, a complete fumblefingers could do?

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  4. CurlyPops
    5 years ago

    That is just so clever. Imagine all of those beautiful embroidered doilies and hankies at the oppy which can be transformed.
    What I love most is that those lovely embroidered trim around the edges now becomes the feature .

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  5. sophie
    5 years ago

    such a pretty pin cushion.

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  6. Jeana Marie
    5 years ago

    thank you for the tute! i really do need a pincushion and haven’t been able to bother myself to make one for months :)

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  7. Gilly
    5 years ago

    Um..wow, thats amazing – thank you so much for sharing the sweetest cutest thing I have seen in ages!
    xx

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  8. Cathy {tinniegirl}
    5 years ago

    They are really sweet Kirsty. I like em! You are such a crafty and creative woman. Every time I visit your blog you are creating something new. It’s really cool.

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  9. glam.spoon
    5 years ago

    what a great idea for old handkerchiefs!

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  10. trinitylou
    5 years ago

    How simple, yet adorable! Thanks for the fun little tutorial!

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  11. A Spoonful Of Sugar
    5 years ago

    Great design – what a alovely way to incorporate old tablecloths and embroidered napkins into projects.

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  12. mayaluna
    5 years ago

    This is pure perfection from design to vintage goodness to gorgeous slideshow/tute. Kirsty you continue to be my hero!

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  13. minimonty
    5 years ago

    Thank you finally you gave me something to do with all those napkins Ive been hording! Love it.

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  14. boobook
    5 years ago

    this is beautiful Kirsto!!

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  15. Kelly Fletcher
    5 years ago

    Love your pincushion – great idea for a gift.

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  16. StitchMinx
    5 years ago

    Lovely pincushion, even from leftovers! Thanks for the additional tutorial.

    Very nice!

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  17. absolut_feli
    5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I have a pile of vintage napkins and handkerchief and was wondering what to do with them and now I know!!

    I am going to make a couple and donate them to the Bushfire Appeal that is going on in Australia.

    Thanks once again

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  18. Billie
    5 years ago

    Thanks, great tutorial! I want to make this pin cushion, so cute!

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  19. Gillian aka Silly Gilly
    5 years ago

    Thanks Kirsty. I’ve just finished my first pincushion and with your tute, it was so quick! I’ll blog about it later today.
    Thanks again. :)

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  20. Tania
    5 years ago

    Thanks so much for the tute. I have caught a whiff of a sewing interest in a soon to turn seven year old and even though I am a COMPLETE HEADLESS CHOOK with NO TIME on my hands AT ALL, I reckon your pin cushion may well fit into the realms of possibility…

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  21. Guest
    5 years ago

    How do you fold the ribbon on a vintage crocheted heart pincushion ?
    I have put a link of a pincushion that I'm asking about.
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  22. Monica
    4 years ago

    THANK YOU! I love this idea! what an awesome way to use some of the vintage hankies I have collected. And it'll make a super cheap Christmas gift for some friends! WOW! 

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  23. Kate
    4 years ago

    Love this square pin cushion, thanks for the inspiration!

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  24. Suzanne of Pieced Pastimes
    4 years ago

    Thanks for this great tutorial. I made one of these and posted it on my blog if you would like to see it. Thanks again.
    Suzanne in NH

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  25. willywagtail
    4 years ago

    Super clever and o so pretty. You could turn this into a tablecloth cushion too. Wow! Thankyou for sharing lovely lady. Cherrie

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  26. Julie
    3 years ago

    I love these pincushions and have made a few for friend’s. Thanks for the tutorial :-)

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