Hearts a Flutter

Posted by KimH on Monday, December 10th, 2012

Hearts A Flutter

Pieced and Embroidered Pin Cushion

By KimHansonQuilts



Good day everyone.  I’d love to show you how to make a sweet, vintage-looking pin cushion, using the Flutter line of Riley Blake fabrics.  This little project is quick, easy and you can still make it in time for Christmas gift giving….it would make a cherished stocking stuffer!

Huge thanks to Julia Frazier of Riley Blake Designs for allowing me to bring you my pin cushion tutorial.  Please stop by my web page sometime – www.KimHansonQuilts.com or my Facebook page – it would be lovely to hear from you.

Finished size of the pin cushion: 5" x 5"


Pin Cushion Top:  From a fat eighth (9" x 22") – cut a 1" strip from these four fabrics:

C3130 Flutter Main Red

C3132 Flutter Doily Blue

C3136 Flutter Stripe Red

C3131 Flutter Dream Red

Pin Cushion Back:  Cut a 6¾" x  6¾" square of fabric C3136 Red

Scraps of fabric C3134 Flutter Butterfly Blue for hearts machine embroidery

Scraps of heavyweight stabilizer

Scraps of lightweight fusible web (lite steam-a-seam)

14" of Riley Blake ½" chocolate brown velvet ric rac

Large Riley Blake teal/aqua crocheted flower embellishment

Riley Blake teal matte flower button

Hand sewing needle, thread and thimble

Polyester fibrefill

Machine embroidered heart design – size small, 1¼" wide x 1½" long.  (My pattern uses a heart design from www.embroidables.com called jewelled heart).  *This little pin cushion can easily be made without machine embroidery embellishment.  Small fabric appliquéd hearts would also work very well.

Pin Cushion Top:

Stitch together the four 1" strips, using a scant ¼" seam.  Press all four seam allowances in the same direction. 



Cut the four strip piece into four 3" pieces. (Keep the remaining uncut piece - you may want to make two pin cushions!).


Lay out the four 3" pieces as per photo. Stitch four pieces together to form the top of the pin cushion aligning Fabric C3131 Red as shown below. Press and trim even.


Stitch ric rac to mid-seams both lengthwise and widthwise.  (Be careful not to iron the ric rac – it doesn’t like it!) 


Machine Embroidery:  Download heart embroidery design to the sewing/embroidery machine.  Hoop an 8" square of fabric C3134 together with an 8" piece of heavyweight stabilizer.  Position the heart design in the machine’s hoop so as to stitch out four hearts on the surface of the hooped fabric. 


Remove fabric from the hoop and clip very close to the outside stitching line of the heart.


Using fusible web, right side of embroidered heart face down, trace the outline of the heart onto the paper side, using a pencil. Cut out the heart and adhere, with your iron, to the wrong side of the embroidered heart.


Peel off the fusible web backing and place the heart onto the pin cushion top. Being careful to avoid the ric rac, adhere the hearts to the pin cushion top. Stitch around the hearts, using a machine appliqué or blanket stitch to secure.


Hand stitch the teal/aqua crocheted flower in the center of the pin cushion top with the teal matte button directly in the center of the crocheted flower.


Right sides together, place the bottom of the pin cushion over the top of the pin cushion and secure with pins.  Stitch ¼" from the outer edge, leaving a 2½" opening on one of the sides of the pin cushion.  Stuff with fibrefill and whip stitch the opening.


Add pins and you’re done!

Happy stitching…..Kim Hanson


Category: Pincushions


  1. This little pincushion is too cute for words!
    by Louise
    March 20th, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.

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