Log Cabin Pin Cushion

Posted by KTrott on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Hi, I'm Katie Trott from Lincoln, California.  I own a small quilt shop, Sew Katie Jean, that has been open for just 9 months! It has been a dream come true for me.

One of the first quilts that I ever made was a scrappy Log Cabin Quilt.  I love how it came together so easily and that I could use all of my favorite fabrics, even the smaller pieces that I had been saving.

log cabin pin cushion

So I wanted to share with you this tutorial to make a pincushion, using Riley Blake Fabrics, Apple of My Eye by The Quilted Fish.

apple of my eye fabrics


Fabrics from Apple of My Eye by The Quilted Fish

scissors, sewing machine, rotary cutter, cutting mat, straight pins

6” square of muslin fabric

Poly Fill stuffing

1/4” sewing seam

Pick out a red fabric for a traditional log cabin center. Fussy cut this first piece for the center in a 2” x 2” square.

2x2 inch square

Cut other selected fabrics into 1" x 7" strips.

Find center of your muslin fabric by folding square in half and then half again. Lay the 2” x 2” square in the middle of your 6” muslin fabric. The muslin will give your sewing project a nice foundation.

apple center on muslin

Cut piece #2 of fabric measuring 2” x 1”. Sew this piece to the top of the center square, right sides together. Fold open and press with your iron. 

first strip

Working clock wise around your block, sew on the next piece of fabric. It should measure 2 1/2” x 1”.

2nd piece of fabric

Continue to work clock wise around your square until the 6” block is covered with your pieces of 1” width strips. 

finished top

Trim and square up your block. Mine measured 5 1/2” square.

top and back pieces

Cut a back piece of fabric, with the same measurements. 

Lay both squares on top of each other, right sides together. Pin, leaving a 3”. Sew. 

ready to fill

Clip corners, and turn right sides out. Press.

Fill with stuffing of your choice and whip stitch the small opening closed.

finished pin cushion

You are finished with your Log Cabin Pin Cushion!

I hope you had fun making it and are on your way to making your very own Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt!

 Happy Sewing!

Katie Trott 

sew katie jean 



Category: Pincushions


  1. Good Morning Katie! This is so cute! Although I've made a log cabin quilt...I never thought about a pin cushion! Potholders would be cute as well! Thanks so much for sharing! God bless! Laura
    by Laura
    May 25th, 2012 at 4:24 a.m.
  2. Is there a printable version of the instructions?
    by Linda
    May 25th, 2012 at 7:26 a.m.
  3. its adorable, thank you for sharing.
    by shirley tener
    May 25th, 2012 at 7:37 a.m.
  4. Love this, Katie! Wouldn't it be cute also with the American Jane fabrics, or Mary Englebreit? Have I told you lately what a gift you are to downtown Lincoln? : )
    by Claudia Conti
    May 28th, 2012 at 12:58 p.m.
  5. I love your tutorial and you have inspired me to make one of my own! I am so glad you opened your quilt shop :)
    by cynthia
    June 01st, 2012 at 8:07 a.m.
  6. Very sweet and nice!
    by Kukliki
    June 02nd, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.

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