Flower Shop Pincushion Tutorial

Posted by MollyC on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Hi there, I'm Molly Culley from Stitch-N-Thyme Designs, and I'm thrilled to post my first tutorial on Cutting Corners for Riley Blake Designs.  Today I'd like to share a quick pincushion project with a flourish!  This project showcases Lila Tueller's gorgeous Bohemian Festival...the perfect fabric for fresh summer sewing!  Thanks to Riley Blake Designs for the opportunity to present this pincushion.


1 5" Stacker

1-Fat Quarter of Choice--I chose one that had the biggest flower for the embellishment. I used the same fabric for the pincushion backing.

4.5"x6.5" rectangle of muslin or other foundation fabric

Scrap of Batting that is slightly larger than your embellishment

Stuffing Materials: I use a combination of crushed walnut shells and dried lavender buds.  You could also use batting scraps.

Optional Button for the center of your flower/collage piece.


1.  Cut your foundation piece to 4.5"x6.5". We will sew the strips that make up the top of the pincushion to this. 

2.  Choose six squares from your Stacker, then cut a 1.5"x5" strip from each one.

3.  Lay out your six strips into a pleasing design, then place the end piece on the end of the foundation.  Place the next strip on top of the end piece, with right sides together, and stitch to the foundation using a 1/4" seam. 

4. Turn the strip so it is right side up, then press.  Continue to add strips and press until you have completed the top of the pincushion.

5.  I chose a flower to embellish the pincushion with, then carefully cut it out, leaving plenty of room around the design.  We will trim it down further in a moment.  Place it on your batting scrap, then let's sew it to the batting for dimension.

6.  Carefully stitch on the design lines you want to be your outer edge of the embellishment.  I used the outer edges of the flower as my guide.

7.  Cut out around your stitched shape.  I cut about 1/8" away from my outer stitch lines.

8.  Position your embellishment, keeping in mind the seam allowance around the pincushion.  Hand-stitch the embellishment to the top piece of your pincushion.  I used a button that coordinated with the flower, but it's not necessary.

9.  Cut your backing piece to 4.5" x 6.5".  I pinned the flower out of the way so it wouldn't get caught in the stitchingPin the fabrics around the edges, with right sides together.  Leave a space about 2" for turning and filling.  Stitch together with a 1/4" seam allowance, then turn right side out and press.

10. Fill your pincushion to the desired fullness, then hand-stitch the opening closed.  I also placed a dot of fabric glue under each of the four outer petals of the embellishment for extra stability.

Results--A fabulous pincushion that's just right for you, or it would make a great gift for all the sewers on your gift lists!  Please visit over at Stitch-N-Thyme Designs and let me know what you think!

Category: Pincushions


  1. This is absolutely adorable! Thank you bunches for sharing it with us. :)
    by Angie
    July 02nd, 2012 at 11:25 a.m.
  2. Love this!
    by Stephanie G.
    July 27th, 2012 at 6:40 p.m.

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