Adorable Posy Pincushions

Applique brings a special touch to these easy-to-assemble pincushions -- perfect to give as gifts to all your sewing friends!


Posy Pincushion

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Working with wool offers quilters versatile options. Designer Pat Sloan felted the wool for her pincushions because felted wool doesn't fray.

To felt wool, machine-wash it in hot-water wash, cool rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry and steam press.

Download the Pincushion Patterns

Dragonfly Pincushion

What You Need:

  • 2--5" squares of navy felted wool for pincushion
  • 1--4-1/2" square of teal felted wool for dragonfly appliqué
  • Scrap of dark blue felted wool for dragonfly appliqué
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embroidery floss: navy, blue, and cream

Cut Your Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order: (Do not add seam allowances.)

From navy wool, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern A

From teal wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

From dark blue wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern C

From cream wool, cut:

  • 2 each of Patterns D, D reversed, E, and E reversed

Make the Dragon Fly Pincushion

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1) Referring to the Dragonfly Placement Diagram, layer all of the pieces atop one of the navy wool A circles. Baste in place.

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2) Using two strands of coordinating embroidery floss, blanket stitch around each wool shape. To blanket stitch, see the diagram. Pull your needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the floss, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch.

3) With right sides together, layer the appliquéd navy wool circle with the remaining navy wool circle. Using a 1/4'' seam allowance, sew together the circles, leaving a 2'' opening for turning, to make the pincushion. Turn right side out.

4) Stuff the fiberfill into the opening until the pincushion is full. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

Sunflower Pincushion

What You Need:

  • 2--5" squares of navy felted wool for pincushion
  • 1--4-1/2" square of green felted wool for background appliqué
  • Scrap of yellow felted wool for sunflower appliqués
  • Scrap of gold plaid felted wool for sunflower appliqués
  • Scrap of brown felted wool for sunflower appliqué
  • Scrap of dark red felted wool for sunflower appliqué
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embroidery floss: green, gold, and red

Cut Your Fabrics

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the following order: (Do not add seam allowances.)

From navy wool, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern A

From green wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

From yellow wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern F
  • 2 of Pattern G

From gold plaid wool, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern F
  • 3 of Pattern G

From brown wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern H

From dark red wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern I

Assemble the Sunflower Pincushion

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  1. Referring to the Sunflower Placement Diagram, layer all of the appliqué pieces atop one of the navy wool A circles; baste into place.
  2. Using two strands of coordinating embroidery floss, blanket stitch around each wool shape. To blanket stitch, see the diagram. Pull your needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the floss, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch.
  3. With right sides together, layer the appliquéd navy wool circle with the remaining navy wool circle. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew together the circles, leaving a 2" opening for turning, to make the pincushion. Turn right side out.
  4. Stuff the fiberfill into the opening until the pincushion is full. Slip-stitch the opening closed.

Bee Pincushion

What You Need:

  • 2--5" squares of navy felted wool for pincushion
  • 1--4-1/2" square of beige felted wool for background appliqué
  • Scrap of black felted wool for bee appliqué
  • Scrap of yellow felted wool for bee appliqué
  • Scrap of brown felted wool for bee appliqué
  • Scrap of blue plaid felted wool for flower appliqué
  • Scrap of pink felted wool for flower appliqué
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Embroidery floss: tan, black, and blue

Cut Your Fabrics

From navy wool, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern A

From beige wood, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

From black wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern J

From yellow wool, cut:

  • 1 each of Patterns K and L

From brown wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern M

From blue plaid wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern N

From pink wool, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern O

Make the Bee Pincushion

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  1. Referring to the Bee Placement Diagram, place all of the pieces atop one of the navy wool A circles; baste into place.
  2. Using two strands of coordinating embroidery floss, blanket stitch around each wool shape. To blanket stitch, see the diagram. Pull your needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the floss, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch.
  3. With right sides together, layer the appliquéd navy wool circle with the remaining navy wool circle. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew together the circles, leaving a 2" opening for turning, to make the pincushion. Turn right side out.
  4. Stuff the fiberfill into the opening until the pincushion is full. Slip-stitch the opening closed.
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