Wild Flower Pincushion

Choose a mix of your favorite fabrics, pile on the petals, and watch your garden grow -- dozens of fanciful pincushions could sprout up over a weekend.

What You Need

two finished pincushions
  • 1/4 yard multicolor print (pincushion sides, bottom)
  • 1/8 yard orange floral (petals)
  • 6" square magenta polka dot (center)
  • 6" square heavy interfacing
  • Polyester fiberfill

Finished Pincushion: 6 X 6 X 3" Quantities are for 44/45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

Cut Your Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. From multicolor print, cut: -- 8 of Pattern A -- 1 of Pattern D From orange floral, cut: -- 16 of Pattern B From magenta polka dot, cut: -- 1 of Pattern C From heavy interfacing, cut: -- 1 of Pattern C

Download the Pattern

Assemble Pincushion

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  1. Sew together multicolor print A pieces in a row to make pincushion side (Diagram 1). Clip seam allowances; finger-press seams to one side.
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2. Join two orange floral B pieces, leaving short edge open for turning (Diagram 2). Turn right side out. Press to make a petal. Repeat to make eight petals total.

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3. Matching center marks at raw edges, pin petals to outside of pincushion side; baste (Diagram 3).

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4. Sew together ends of pincushion side to make a circle, leaving an opening for stuffing (Diagram 4).

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5. Matching dots, baste magenta polka-dot C circle to top edge of pincushion side (Diagram 5). Join together 1/4" from edge. Clip seams; turn to right side.

Stuff lightly with fiberfill until pincushion stands on its own.

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6. Baste small gathering stitches 1/8" from edges of multicolor print D circle. Center interfacing C circle on wrong side of D circle; pull gathers tight, wrapping D circle around interfacing, to make pincushion base (Diagram 6). Secure thread. Press.

7. Hand-sew pincushion base to bottom opening.

8. Stuff firmly with fiberfill. Hand-sew side opening closed to complete pincushion.

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