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

posy pincushion (Quilting Ideas Spring 2002) pincushions with sewing tools

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.


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

posy pincushion (Quilting Ideas Spring 2002) diagrams

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

posy pincushion (Quilting Ideas Spring 2002) diagrams

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.

Continued on page 2:  Make the Sunflower Pincushion