Princess & the Pea Pincushion

Posted by Clover on Friday, November 30th, 2012

Princess & the Pea Pincushion

Princess & the Pea Pincushions
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Course Instructor:  Jennie of Clover & Violet

Hi, I'm Jennie of Clover & Violet, where I blog and design patterns alongside my wonderful mom, Clara.  We're so excited to be sharing a pincushion tutorial today!  The Sweetest Thing by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake has to be one of the sweetest fabrics out there right now, so we were thrilled to use it for a little pincushion.  We thought they looked like little mattresses, sure to fool even a princess into sleeping on a pea!

Granny Square Cushion


Fabric Requirements

  • 8 - 1 3/4" squares The Sweetest Thing blue & green prints
  • 3 - 3 1/8" squares Bleached Denim solid
  • 1 - 4" x 6" rectangle Main Flower Blue
  • 1 - 2" x 21" strip Chevron Blue


  • Embroidery Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Vase Filler or Crushed Walnut Shells
  • Hand sewing needle & thread
  • Scissors or rotary cutter


Note: All seam allowances are 1/4".

1. Cut Setting Triangles & Piece Top

Bleached Denim Setting Triangles

First, cut the three 3 1/8" squares into four quarter square triangles for setting, you will need 10 triangles for this project, two are leftover as scraps.

Pincushion Top Assembly

Next arrange prints as shown and sew together in diagonal rows.  Press seams in opposite directions, as shown, to make lining up points easy.  Sew the rows together; then add the corner triangles to the piece.

2. Trim & Round Corners

Trim Sides & Corners

Trim the block so that 1/4" of the Bleached Denim fabric extends beyond the prints.  Using a circle with a 1" diameter (I used a small spray bottle, but have provided a circle on the printer friendly pattern), draw a rounded corner on each corner triangle.

Place the backing piece wrong sides together with the top and cut around the curves through both layers.  I like to use a small rotary cutter.

3. Make Gusset & Stuff

Sew Gusset

Begin sewing gusset approximately 3" from edge of 2" strip.  Sew around corners, gently folding fabric, while turning the corner.  Stop about 1" past the final corner.  Join the gusset together.  I find that if I fold the fabric so the edges don't quite meet, the join perfectly, otherwise I often get a pucker.


Sew the opening closed.  Place the bottom piece right sides together and sew the gusset in the same manner.  To match up the corners, I folded the gusset, then laid the bottom of the pincushion and the top right sides together and matched up the short sides.  Then, sew as for top, leaving a 2" opening.

Turn the pincushion right side out and stuff with 3/4 full with Fiberfill.  Use the Vase Filler or Crushed Walnut Shells to fill the remainder.

4.  Tie the Pincushion

Tie the Pincushoin

Mark front and back of pincushion 1 3/4" from top, bottom, and short side (center of green squares on front).  Using embroidery thread, stitch down from the front of the pincushion and then back up, leaving a long tail.  Repeat for the other side.  Tie the tails as for a quilt, and trim threads.

Selvage String Cushion

Selvage String Pincushion

Make a 4" x 6" string pieced block for the top of the second cushion out of strips with widths varying from 1" to 1 1/2".  F(or more information on sewing with selvages, see my tutorial.)

Construct the cushion in the same manner as the Granny Square Cushion.

I hope you've enjoyed these little pincushions!  And they options are endless for different pieced tops.  If you make one we'd love for you to add it to the Clover & Violet Flickr Group or visit our blog and let us know!


Category: Pincushions


  1. Thank you, these will make some nice, quick stocking stuffers!
    by Kathy
    November 30th, 2012 at 4:10 a.m.
  2. Very cute...and they look easy enough. Thanks!
    by Anita
    November 30th, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
  3. Oh gosh those are so cute! :0)
    by trish
    November 30th, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.
  4. So adorable. Love it!
    by Malini
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:53 p.m.
  5. Me encanto!!!! Gracias por tus tutoriales!!
    by Peque
    January 04th, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

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