Pillow Wrap Pincushion w/ Lavender

Posted by HopeY on Friday, August 31st, 2012

Hello everyone my name is Hope Yoder and I own Designs By Hope Yoder www.HopeYoder.com. I'm sew excited to share a project tutorial I made especially for Riley Blake's Pincushion of the Week Club. 

 flat out

Materials Needed: Polka Dot Stitches by Riley Blake

  • Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine Model HY_Z100 & 1” sew-on buttons www.HopeYoder.com
  • (2) 2 ¼” squares of Polka Dot Doily Blue
  • (2) 4 ½” squares of Polka Dot Daisy Blue
  • (2) 2 ¼” triangles of Polka Dot Daisy Red
  • (2) 2 ¼” triangles of Polka Dot Designer Cloth Blue
  • (2) 1 ¼” x 4 ¾” strips of Polka Dot Words Blue
  • 2 1/8” x 45” of Polka Dot Stripe Blue (binding straight of grain)
  • 14” x 5” cotton batting
  • 14” x 5” fabric for lining
  • 8” x 6” of Clean White (pillow front)
  • (2) 6” x 5 ½” of Clean White (pillow backs)
  • Polly fill & 4” hook and loop tape
  • Dried lavender
  • Steam A Seam 2 ¼” roll and pre-cut sheets
  • Accuquilt Go Dies:  Go Value Die (Item 55018) and Go Rose of Sharon (Item 55045)
Step 1 ~ Cut all the fabric pieces
  • Lightly starch all fabrics that you will die cut. Use the Accuquilt Value Go die to cut all the squares and triangles. If you don’t have the die, cut the squares to the size listed above.
  • How to cut a pattern for the triangles if not using a die:  Cut a 2 ¼” square from paper and then cut across the diagonal to form two equal triangles. Cut a piece of paper and tape along the diagonal edge so it extends ¼” past the cut edge to add a ¼” seam allowance to the diagonal edge. Use this pattern to cut all triangles. 

Step 2 ~ Piece it together

  • Please note all seams are a scant ¼” unless otherwise noted.
  • Lay triangles and 2 ½” squares out as shown and sew triangles together to form blocks. Sew top row to bottom row matching up center seams.

  • Sew a strip to top and bottom making sure text faces the same direction. Add 4 ½” squares to each end as shown.

  • Add batting and lining fabric to the wrong side of the finished top so right side of the lining faces out. To quilt it all together, on the right side, stitch in the ditch along the previous seams in the center block and on the strips. For the end  4 ½” squares, draw a line down the center and stitch over drawn line and then quilt parallel rows spacing them ¾” apart. Square up all sides with a rotary cutter as shown below.

Step 3 Embellished Flower & Button

  • Fuse 2 scraps of the same color fabric together using Steam A Seam 2 so both right sides are facing out. Use Go Rose of Sharon die to cut out one flower and two small leaves (using doubled sided fused fabric.) Bartack leaves towards the center of the block so the stitches will be hidden when the flower is added. Bartack tiny stitches in very center of the flower just to hold it in place before adding the covered button. Use the fabric button cover machine to make a 1” sew-on button. Using a fabric button cover machines give you super duper perfect crimped edges with nor overlaps or wrinkled fabric. For more info on the button machines, click here!
  • Use a hand sewing needle to add the fabric covered button to the center of the flower.

Binding Edges

  • Folding binding in half wrong sides together and press. Add binding on one short edge off center.
  • For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on creating and sewing binding, visit my blog at http://hopeyoder.blogspot.com/2012/08/binding-tutorial-how-to-make-apply.html
  • After the binding is complete, sew hook and loop tape to each short edge of the 4 1/2" square (one piece is on right side, the other is on the wrong side.)

Make The Pillow

  • Turn under a short edge on the back pieces ¼” twice, press and topstitch.
  • Overlap the two backs and pin right sides together to the pillow front so all raw edges are even and matching. 
  • Sew around the pillow and turn right side out.
  • Stuff with poly fill adding about ½ cup of dried lavender. 


Free Tutorial "Binding How To"


Hope Yoder's Blog

Printer Friendly PDF ~ Pillow Wrap Pincushion w/ Lavender

Get more detailed directions on my blog or visit my website to find out about me and my products, sewing patterns and machine embroidery designs. While you are on our website, be sure to check out our popular Button~Ups Fabric Button Cover Machine which was used in this project. Forget housework, sew something clever today like my Pillow Wrap Pincushion :)

Category: Pincushions


  1. love the addition of lavender!! cedar might be nice in there too. Thank you!!
    by Laura B
    November 21st, 2012 at 10:48 a.m.

toll free: 888.768.8454 phone: 801.816.0540 fax: 801.816.0542 address: 468 West Universal Cir. Sandy, UT 84070