Glamper Pincushion

Posted by quiltedfish on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Hello!  I am Amanda Herring from The Quilted Fish and I am so excited to be posting here on Cutting Corners!  I have been excited for my opportunity to make a pincushion tutorial.  I have to share a little back story to why I made what I did.  My family loves to go camping.  Last year we bought a camper to keep us warm, dry and comfy.  I was truly excited except for one thing.  The interior was brown.  ALL brown.  It was just begging to be changed.  So I have had a great time redecorating it in bright colors.  I don't have any pictures of the inside, but I have one of the outside.  Here is what we call our "Glamper" (glamorous camper): 


We have spent a lot of time in the trailer this summer, and I have had a hard time tearing myself away from family and play.  So I had to make a pincushion to honor the wonderful summer we have had playing in the glamper!  Here it is....


Isn't it a cute little glamper?  You can roll it around next to your sewing machine!  I used Apple of my Eye fabrics designed by The Quilted Fish.  Oh yeah, that's me!  Isn't that exciting!  I will talk about that a little bit more later...

If you want to make your own glamper, here is what you will need:

1/4 yard for sides

1/4 yard  

1/4 yard heavy weight fusible interfacing

1/4 yard white muslin

scraps for door and curtains

1 decorative button


1/4" dowel cut into two 4 1/2" lengths

four 1/2" jewels

four 1 1/2" wooden toy wheels (I found mine at Joann's)


Paint brush 

Template printed on cardstock

 Download Templates


Cut out your template.  Cut an 8" x 11" piece of fabric and interfacing.  Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.  Trace the template twice onto the interfacing side of the fabric.  Cut both out.


Trace the windows onto a piece of muslin about the size of the template.


Place the muslin on the right side of one of the fabric pieces.


Sew on the traced window lines, being careful to stay right on the line.  Cut inside the windows about 1/4" from the seam and clip into curves.  Cut down the middle of the muslin 


Turn the muslin to the wrong side of the fabric and press.


Trim excess fabric away.


Cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2" x 6" for the large window curtain.  On one long edge, fold 1/4" to the wrong side and press.  Top stitch.  Sew a gathering stitch along the other long edge.


Gather to about 3".  Pin to the wrong side of the large window.  BASTE in place.  Repeat for the small window using a 1 1/2" x 3" piece of fabric.


Trace the door onto the wrong side of the fabric for the door.  Cut out, leaving 1/2" allowance.


Sew a gathering stitch about 1/8" from the edge on the curved edges.  Put the door template on the traced line and pull the gathering stitch to tighten around the template.  Press.


Lay the door in place (allow a small allowance to hang off the edge).  Pin.  Sew in place, sewing as close to the edge as possible.  

 Sew the button in place on the door.  Cut out one template from muslin.  Place it on the back and baste around the edges, 1/8" from the edge.


Top stitch around the windows.


Cut a piece of fabric 19" x 4" and two 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".  


Fold the ends 1/4" to the wrong sides and press.


Fold the sides 1/4" and press.


Mark 2" from each end of the 19" x 4" piece of fabric.  Center the folded piece of fabric on the mark. Sew in down each side, sewing close to the edge.  Repeat on the other end.


Fold the 19" piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press seam open.


Pin the circular piece to the side of the glamper and sew in place.


Repeat on with the other side, leaving a 2" opening.


It looks a little bit like a toaster!


Turn right side out and stuff to desired stiffness.


Paint the wheels and insert the dowel into the wheel.


Slip the dowel into the casings on the bottom of the glamper and put the other wheels on the other end of the dowel.  Glue jewels in place on wheels.


Stick your pins in your glamper and enjoy!


Thanks so much for reading along!  I really appreciate it.  I hope you love the little glamper.  If you want to know more about me, you can click here to read about me on Riley Blake's website and even see pics of my next fabric line that will be out this October.  It has been great fun being here....happy camping and happy sewing!

Hugs and Fishes!!



Category: Pincushions


    by Bree
    July 20th, 2012 at 5:33 a.m.
  2. So cute! Thanks for sharing your creativity!
    by Cristina Nogueira Alves
    July 20th, 2012 at 7:12 a.m.
  3. This is seriously too cute. Love the fabric. Hope there is still some on the shelf!
    by Wanda
    July 20th, 2012 at 7:26 a.m.
  4. Wow, this is really wonderful pincushion! Thank you so much for sharing how you made it and great idea to add wheeles like that! Wishes from Greece!
    by Teje Karjalainen
    July 20th, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.
  5. I love to camp and this is such a super cute pin cushion. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    by Carrie P.
    July 20th, 2012 at 5:20 p.m.
  6. i love this its seriously cute camping is huge here in australia too. Adventure before dementia. Cant wait to make one and thanks for sharing.
    by kim bradley
    July 20th, 2012 at 6:20 p.m.
  7. this is so cute, I LOVE it
    by wendy the crafter's apprentice
    July 21st, 2012 at 7:34 a.m.
  8. How fun and it is an original. Love the colors and the wheels make it.
    by ga447
    July 22nd, 2012 at 8:26 a.m.
  9. That is the sweetest pin cushion ever! I will have to make one for our camper. It's new and all brown inside too, I'm working on giving it a colouful makeover.
    by Louise
    July 22nd, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.
  10. such a cute little pincushion - a must gift for anyone who has a glamper !
    by leanne
    July 22nd, 2012 at 8:44 p.m.
  11. It is seriously cute! I am wondering what we need a 1/4 yard for... second on the list?
    by ladydobie
    July 23rd, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.
  12. Do you have a template for the camper?
    by kim
    July 26th, 2012 at 11:59 a.m.
  13. Hey Kim The template is right below the first picture of the making of the "Glamper" Have fun making it!
    by Lone
    July 28th, 2012 at 11:45 a.m.
  14. Kim, there's a link to download the templates at the end of the supplies list, just before the photo of all the supplies laid out on a cutting mat.
    by Melissa
    July 28th, 2012 at 8:33 p.m.
  15. It's funny! Thank you for your sharing. Crimp Beads
    by magic
    August 10th, 2012 at 12:48 a.m.
  16. j'adore !
    by marie-édith
    August 10th, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.
  17. This is such a cute idea, I love it!
    by Tea Rose Home
    August 27th, 2012 at 9:50 p.m.
  18. sooo cute!!! We have a little caravan ourself! Great idea!!! also great for baby toys!!!
    by saffiertje
    August 30th, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
  19. This is just adorable, thank you so much for sharing your pattern!
    by Susan/FlossieBlossoms
    October 07th, 2012 at 7:28 a.m.
  20. Just wanted to say thanks again and here's a link to a photo of my version of your camper that I made for a friend in a swap. :)
    by Susan/FlossieBlossoms
    November 17th, 2012 at 10:23 a.m.
  21. Hi, great idea!!! Thank you for sharing your pattern!!!!! Happy New Year from Italy:-)
    by Emanuela
    December 31st, 2012 at 3:54 a.m.
  22. Eeeeeeeekkkkk!!!! LOVE!
    by Miriam
    January 22nd, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.
  23. I too have a "Glamper" and we have been enjoying lots of adventures so far this summer. A friend sent me your link when she saw this pincushion knowing it would make me smile!!! I have even bought a group of fat quarters from the fabric line called "Glamping" Have you see it??? Oh it's wonderful. You'll love it! Blessings Gmama Jane
    by Gmama Jane
    June 27th, 2013 at 1:55 p.m.
  24. this pincushion is just perfect for my pincushion collection.Just finished making it,it looks so cute on the shelf.Thanks for sharing it.From MALTA.
    by grace
    October 01st, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.
  25. Very cute!
    by caryn
    January 23rd, 2014 at 9:49 a.m.
  26. What are the measurements of the camper template? The downloaded template looks much smaller than the pic of the tracing on an 8X11 paper. Do I need to adjust it? Nancy
    by nanners
    November 25th, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
  27. Was searching pincushions and came across your site. This is soooooooo gorgeous! Love it, I shall definitely have to make one. Thanks for sharing.
    by Kate
    March 21st, 2015 at 4:56 p.m.

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