Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion Tutorial

Posted by JeniB on Friday, March 9th, 2012

Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion
Hi Everyone! I'm Jeni from In Color Order and I'm excited to be here sharing a triangular log cabin pincushion with you today!

Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion - Materials
- 1.25"x10" strips of 6 print fabrics (I used prints from Woodland Tails!)
- 2"x2" square solid white fabric
- 7x7" square print fabric
- Your preferred pincushion filling (I used crushed walnut shells, approx. 1 cup)

Seam Allowance: 1/4"
Finished Size: 6" per side

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1. Using an acrylic ruler and pencil, mark at 7/8" and 1 1/8" on one side of your 2"x2" white square.

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2. Draw a line connecting one mark to the opposite corner.

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3. Repeat with the other mark, forming a triangle. This gives you an equilateral triangle!

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4. Cut along the two lines you just drew.  This triangle is the center of your pincushion.

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5. Grab one of your 1.25" strips, and line up your center triangle along one long edge, about 1" from the end.

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6. Sew the triangle to the strip. Press seam open.

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7. Line up your ruler along the edge of the center triangle and trim off the excess print strip.

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8. Repeat on the other side. You should now have a new triangle made up of the white center and one print.

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9. Turn your triangle and place it right sides together on the next strip, about 1" from the end.  

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10. Sew together. Press seam open. Trim off excess print strip on both sides.

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11. Turn your triangle and place it right sides together on the next strip, about 1" from the end.

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12. Sew together. Press seam open. Trim off excess print strip on both sides.  

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You have now completed one round of strips for your pincushion! Repeat the process to add another round, moving in the same direction.  

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13. Using your pieced triangle as a guide, trace a triangle on your 7"x7" square.  Cut along the lines, this will be your pincushion's backing.

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14. Place your pincushion top and backing right sides together. Pin together, making sure to leave an opening for turning. Sew around all three sides, backstitching a few extra times at the start and finish.

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15. Carefully trim the corners close to (but not through!) the seam allowance.

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16. Turn your pincushion right side out, pushing out the corners gently.

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17. Fill with desired material and hand-stitch the opening closed!

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Voila! You're done! :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now go test out your new pincushion!

Happy Sewing!

Category: Pincushions


  1. Love this! It's very cute!
    by Kristy QP
    March 09th, 2012 at 3:39 a.m.
  2. very cute!!
    by Martha
    March 09th, 2012 at 8:44 a.m.
  3. Isn't that just too stinkin' cute! I'll definitely be whipping one of them up today! Thank you for sharing!
    by Lynn Douglass
    March 09th, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
  4. This is just too cute (and the fabrics are adorable)!! Thanks for the tutorial!!
    by Terry
    March 09th, 2012 at 10:08 a.m.
  5. wonderful little pincushion!
    by beth
    March 09th, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.
  6. I really really like it. A delightful way to show off those wonderful fabrics. Thanks for the tute.
    by Sue Niven
    March 09th, 2012 at 3:09 p.m.
  7. That's DARLING! This is my first visit to your site, I just came over from In Color Order. I would love to link to this tutorial if you didn't mind, it's right up my reader's alley!
    by Rachel
    March 09th, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
  8. So cute! Never thought of a triangular one before! Totally bookmarked =D
    by Cherie
    March 09th, 2012 at 4:25 p.m.
  9. That is so cute! Thank for the tutorial!
    by Jess K.
    March 10th, 2012 at 1:46 p.m.
  10. Great tutorial Jeni; I will definetely be making one. It is gorgeous.
    by Lisa M
    March 10th, 2012 at 4:10 p.m.
  11. very cute - thanks for the instructions
    by Marcia W.
    March 14th, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.
  12. Love this! Gotta admit - I'd rather buy it, but I will to make it.
    by Linda
    March 14th, 2012 at 5:37 p.m.
  13. Love the idea. Thanks SEW much for the directions. I will put these in my booklet for a quick project.
    by Sharon Camp
    March 17th, 2012 at 8:13 p.m.
  14. Cute, cute, cute!!! Love the idea & tutorial. What fun!!
    by Kathy G.
    May 13th, 2012 at 5:25 a.m.
  15. Magnífico!!!!
    by Maria Filomena
    May 15th, 2012 at 4:59 a.m.
  16. Thanks, just the challenge I needed + a new pin cushion too.
    by Jem-fl
    May 29th, 2012 at 7:15 p.m.
  17. Thanks so much for this helpfull tutorial! Hugs from Portugal Ana Love Craft
    by Ana Lopes
    July 18th, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.
  18. Sweet thanks for sharing
    by Linda Sharritts
    August 05th, 2012 at 6:54 a.m.
  19. Thanks for the tutorial!!!!It was my first visit to your blog, loved it! Did the Pincushion and I'll show you.Once again, thank you! Have a lovely weekend!
    by Eliana
    September 01st, 2012 at 8:58 a.m.
  20. I've just made 2 of your lovely little triangular pincushions and they've turned out so neat...I'm really pleased... thank you and the instructions were so clear.:-)
    by Diane Goodchild
    November 14th, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.
  21. I so love the color choices! Thanks for sharing and the nice photography. You might enjoy my quilt with vintage hankies, just go to the search box on "Quilted Nights..." on the blog Keep up the lovely work! Thank you for the time of instructions too.
    by Susan
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:36 p.m.
  22. Amo Log Cabin!!!!
    May 26th, 2013 at 10:31 a.m.

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