Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion Tutorial
Posted by JeniB on Friday, March 9th, 2012
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!
- 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
1. Using an acrylic ruler and pencil, mark at 7/8" and 1 1/8" on one side of your 2"x2" white square.
2. Draw a line connecting one mark to the opposite corner.
3. Repeat with the other mark, forming a triangle. This gives you an equilateral triangle!
4. Cut along the two lines you just drew. This triangle is the center of your pincushion.
5. Grab one of your 1.25" strips, and line up your center triangle along one long edge, about 1" from the end.
6. Sew the triangle to the strip. Press seam open.
7. Line up your ruler along the edge of the center triangle and trim off the excess print strip.
8. Repeat on the other side. You should now have a new triangle made up of the white center and one print.
9. Turn your triangle and place it right sides together on the next strip, about 1" from the end.
10. Sew together. Press seam open. Trim off excess print strip on both sides.
11. Turn your triangle and place it right sides together on the next strip, about 1" from the end.
12. Sew together. Press seam open. Trim off excess print strip on both sides.
You have now completed one round of strips for your pincushion! Repeat the process to add another round, moving in the same direction.
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.
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.
15. Carefully trim the corners close to (but not through!) the seam allowance.
16. Turn your pincushion right side out, pushing out the corners gently.
17. Fill with desired material and hand-stitch the opening closed!
Voila! You're done! :)
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Now go test out your new pincushion!