Wool Pincushions

Try your hand at beading with these three quick-to-make pincushion projects.


Materials: Primrose Pincushion
  • 8-x-10-inch piece deep pink felted wool (flowers)
  • Scraps of pink felted wool (flower centers)
  • 6-x-8-inch piece moss green felted wool (leaves)
  • 6-x-8-inch each of blue and lime green felted wool (pincushion)
  • Embroidery floss: yellow, bright pink, dark green
  • Bugle beads: lime green
  • Cube-shape seed beads: pink
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Pinking shears
Finished Pincushions

5 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order listed in specific pincushion instructions. Machine wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press.

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From deep pink wool, cut:
  • 15 of Pattern C
From pink wool, cut:
  • 3 of Pattern E
From moss green wool, use pinking shears to cut:
  • 5 of Pattern D
From blue wool, cut:
  • 2 of Pattern A
From lime green wool, cut:
  • 2  2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangles
Assemble Primrose Pincushion

1. Slightly overlap pointed ends of each deep pink wool C petal and baste ends together (Diagram 1).

2. Lay out five petals in a circle and position a pink wool E flower center atop overlapped petal ends (Diagram 1); baste. Using two strands of bright pink embroidery floss and stitching through all layers, hand-stitch eight pink cube-shape seed beads on flower center to make a primrose. Repeat to make three primroses total.

3. Referring to Primrose Placement Diagram and photograph opposite, lay out roses and moss green wool D leaves on a blue wool A oval; baste. Using two strands of matching embroidery floss, hand-stitch primroses and leaves in place.

4. Hand-stitch lime green bugle beads as desired on each lime green wool 2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangle, placing beads at least 1/2 inch away from wool edges.

5. With beaded sides facing each other, sew together short edges of lime green rectangles (Diagram 2). Carefully press seams open and turn right side out.

6. Lay appliqued oval atop joined lime green rectangles, aligning centers of oval ends with rectangle seams. Holding applique edges out of the way, use two strands of yellow floss to blanket-stitch pieces together, catching 1/4 inch of wool on each side. To blanket-stitch, pull needle up at A (Blanket Stitch Diagram), form a reverse L shape with floss, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push needle down at B on blue wool and come out at C on lime green wool. Bring needle up behind the L shape and push it down at D on blue wool. Continue in same manner around oval.

7. Repeat Step 6 to sew remaining blue wool A oval to remaining edge of lime green joined rectangles, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill and blanket-stitch opening closed to complete primrose pincushion.

Materials
  • 7-inch square burgundy felted wool (flowers)
  • 6-x-8-inch piece periwinkle felted wool (flower center, pincushion)
  • Scrap of pale green felted wool (flower center)
  • 6-x-8-inch piece moss green felted wool (leaves)
  • 6-x-8-inch piece lilac felted wool (pincushion)
  • Embroidery floss: burgundy, moss green, lime green
  • Cube-shape seed beads: lime green
  • Maco tube seed beads: lilac
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Pinking shears
Finished Pincushions

5 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order listed in specific pincushion instructions. Machine wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press.

Download pattern

From burgundy wool, use pinking shears to cut:
  • 7 of Pattern F
From periwinkle wool, cut:
  • 2 of Pattern A
  • 1 of Pattern H
From pale green wool, cut:
  • 1 of Pattern I
From moss green wool, cut:
  • 5 of Pattern G
From lilac wool, cut:
  • 2  2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangles
Assemble Hibiscus Pincushion

1. Fold each burgundy wool F petal in half lengthwise and baste ends together.

2. Lay out petals in a circle and position a periwinkle wool H flower center and a pale green wool I flower center atop overlapped petal ends; baste in place. Using two strands of lime green embroidery floss and stitching through all layers, hand-stitch lime green cube-shape seed beads on flower center to make a hibiscus.

3. Referring to Hibiscus Placement Diagram and photograph above, position hibiscus and moss green wool G leaves on a periwinkle wool A oval; baste. Using two strands of matching embroidery floss, hand-stitch in place.

4. Hand-stitch lilac maco tube beads as desired on each lilac wool 2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangle, placing beads at least 1/2 inch away from wool edges.

5. With beaded sides facing each other, sew together short edges of lilac rectangles (Diagram 2). Carefully press seams open and turn right side out.

6. Lay appliqued oval atop joined lilac rectangles, aligning centers of oval ends with rectangle seams. Holding applique edges out of the way, use two strands of yellow floss to blanket-stitch pieces together, catching 1/4 inch of wool on each side. To blanket-stitch, pull needle up at A (Blanket Stitch Diagram), form a reverse L shape with floss, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push needle down at B on periwinkle wool and come out at C on lilac wool. Bring needle up behind the L shape and push it down at D on periwinkle wool. Continue in same manner around oval.

7. Repeat Step 6 to sew remaining periwinkle wool A oval to remaining edge of lilac joined rectangles, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill and blanket-stitch opening closed to complete.

Materials
  • Scraps of tan, mint green, lime green, and pale blue felted wool (flowers)
  • 6-x-8-inch piece each of pink and aqua felted wool (pincushion)
  • Embroidery floss: pale blue, yellow, pink
  • Maco tube seed beads: light blue
  • Polyester fiberfill
Finished pincushions:

5 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order listed in specific pincushion instructions. Machine wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press.

Download pattern

From assorted wool scraps, cut:
  • 4 of Pattern B
From pink wool, cut:
  • 2 of Pattern A
From aqua wool, cut:
  • 2  2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangles
Assemble

1. Referring to Snowflower Placement Diagram, position assorted wool B flowers on a pink wool A oval; baste.

2. Referring to photograph below, use two strands of contrasting embroidery floss to backstitch through center of each snowflower petal. To backstitch, pull needle up at A (Backstitch Diagram). Insert it back into fabric at B, and bring it up at C. Push needle down again at D, and bring it up at E. Continue in same manner.

3. Hand-stitch a light blue maco tube bead in the center of each snowflower.

4. Hand-stitch light blue maco tube beads as desired on each aqua wool 2-1/2-x-7-1/4-inch rectangle, placing beads at least 1/2 inch away from wool edges.

5. With beaded sides facing each other, sew together short edges of aqua rectangles (Diagram 2). Carefully press seams open and turn right side out.

6. Lay appliqued oval atop joined purple rectangles, aligning centers of oval ends with rectangle seams. Holding applique edges out of the way, use two strands of yellow floss to blanket-stitch pieces together, catching 1/4 inch of wool on each side. To blanket-stitch, pull needle up at A (Blanket Stitch Diagram), form a reverse L shape with floss, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push needle down at B on blue wool and come out at C on pink wool. Bring needle up behind the L shape and push it down at D on blue wool. Continue in same manner around oval.

7. Repeat Step 6 to sew remaining pink wool A oval to remaining edge of aqua joined rectangles, leaving an opening for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill and blanket-stitch opening closed to complete.

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