Bébé Dress Pincushion

Posted by ShariB on Friday, June 1st, 2012

Dress Up Days Pincushion

Download the pattern and printable instructions here.

Course Instructor: Shari Butler, Doohikey Designs at www.doohikeydesigns.com.

Fabric Line: Dress Up Days by Shari Butler, Doohikey Designs for Riley Blake Designs.

Dress Up Days inspired this pincushion. It's the pinafore from the main print of Dress Up Days. You will see my version of Ramona standing by the clothespin with the wind blowing in her hair. I wanted to create something that can be fun to look at as you sew your projects, clothing, and quilts. I warn you now! You will want to make three or four of these, especially when your little girl sees them. They may disappear when you aren't looking! 

Hope you enjoy the process!


Yardage for 1 Pincushion, You could use Fat Quarters to make more than one.
2 - 7.5” x 9.5”  Skirt, Floral
2 - 6” x 7” Top, Solid
1 - 4” x 7” Apron, Damask
1 - 1/2 yard Trim, Ric Rac or Crocheted Lace
1 - Button, Riley Blake  or Doodlebug Designs
FiberFill and Crushed Almonds from (Bird Section at Pet Store)
Hot Glue Gun
Basic Sewing Supplies

Seam Allowance is 1/4”.

The neckline and sleeves are small and can be difficult to sew. I recommend sewing slowly and pinning as you go to create this pincushion.

Step 1
Print out pattern pieces, cut and place pieces on fabric. I layer skirt and top wrong sides together, pin then cut at one time. 


Step 2
Pin top and skirt, right sides together. Sew making sure you backstitch when you begin and end sewing.

Step 3
Press. Pin right sides together. Make sure you mark an inch with a pin from both corners on the pincushion. Start sewing on left side at the inch mark making sure you backstitch and sew all around the dress to the last inch mark and backstitch. Clip all curves.

Step 4
Turn the dress through the opening at the bottom. Make sure to use a chopstick to press out all corners and sides. Press.

Step 5
Stuff top of dress with fiberfill, making sure you get the sleeves first nice and tight. Fill the fiberfill on the top till it’s nice and tight.

Step 6
Now fill with Crushed Almonds from the bird section at the pet store. I love to use this, because it will give a heavier base for the dress to stand and it will help keep your pins nice and sharp.

Step 7
Take base template and cut out of cardboard. Place in the bottom of dress starting and one side, then sliding in till it’s nice and taught. Press down to make flat.

Step 8
Hot Glue the fabric to the base starting at one side, then folding over the other side so it lays flat.

Step 9
Optional, thread button then hot glue to top of dress.

Step 10
Fold the bottom of apron a 1/4”, press. Fold another 1/4” then topstitch. Cut extra corners off. Then take corner fold in and fold sides in 1/4”, pin and topstitch.

Step 11
Fold top 1/4” and stitch in place. Turn to right side. Fold your ric rac in half and pin from the center of apron. Stitch ric rac in place with like color.

Step 12
Tie your apron on, double knotted. Cut the ends off. And your new pincushion is done!

Oh the possibilities in making more! Here are few more pictures of this fun dress pincushion. I couldn't just stop at one colorway, I wanted to show you examples from the Aqua and Purple collections.

I hope you have fun making this pincushion and I can't wait to see what you all create!

Category: Pincushions


  1. Thanks but I can't find the pattern; can you please check the link? I love this pincushion!!! :)))
    by mati64
    June 03rd, 2012 at 1:37 a.m.
  2. Thanks -just too cute
    by Judy
    June 04th, 2012 at 7:26 a.m.
  3. I love it!! Thank you.
    by Kate
    June 09th, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

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