Candy Pincushions

Posted by ShellyP on Friday, August 10th, 2012

Hi, it's me, Shelly Pagliai (Polly-Eye), from Prairie Moon Quilts again. This is my third pincushion for the Riley Blake Pincushion Club. This time I’m using pieces from the Willow line by My Mind’s Eye. I really love these soft colors and would love to make an entire quilt from this line, wouldn’t you?

Candy Pincushion

These pincushions can be made in various sizes, and instructions are given for 4 different versions. However, I encourage you to experiment with lots of other sizes to fit your needs and uses. They’re a lot of fun!

Candy Platter 
I recommend that you read through all the instructions before beginning.

Here's the printable PDF version for you.

Here's what you'll need:
    Scraps of 4 different fabrics for the pincushion bodies
    Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
    Various pieces of coordinating ribbon to tie the ends with

I’m starting with instructions for creating the pincushion bodies first. There are four different versions described. Once you have a body made, you can skip down to the Finishing Instructions to complete your pincushion, as the instructions are all the same for finishing, no matter which one you’re making.

Version 1:
From one fabric, cut 2 pieces 4 1/4" x 6 1/2".
From a coordinating fabric, cut one piece 6 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Version 1 cut

Sew the larger pieces onto the sides of the smaller piece.
Press the seams open.

Version 1 sewn

Follow the Finishing Instructions to complete your pincushion.
This pincushion finishes 2" tall x 5 1/2" long (the stuffed part).

Version 2:
From each of four different fabrics,
cut 1 strip 1 1/2" x 8 1/2".

Version 2 cut

Sew the strips together down the long sides to make one rectangle measuring 4 1/2" x 8 1/2". Press seams open.

Version 2 sewn

Follow the Finishing Instructions to complete your pincushion.
This pincushion finishes at 1 1/2" tall x 4 1/2" long (the stuffed part).

Version 3:
From one fabric, cut a piece 3 1/2" x 4 1/2",
and a piece 4 1/2" x 5 1/2".
From another fabric, cut a piece 1 1/2" x 4 1/2".

Version 3 cut

Sew them together as shown in the picture with the largest piece on the left, and the small piece in the middle. Press seams open.

Version 3 sewn

Follow the Finishing Instructions to complete your pincushion.
This pincushion finishes at 1 1/4" tall x 5" long (the stuffed part).

Version 4:
This is the simplest, and smallest, of all the versions.
Cut a piece of fabric 3 1/2" x 6 1/2". Wasn't that easy?

Version 4 cut

Follow the Finishing Instructions to complete your pincushion.
This pincushion finishes at 1" tall x 3" long (the stuffed part).

Finishing Instructions
Once you have your pincushion body made, follow the instructions below to finish it.

Press under 1/4" on each short end of the piece.

Pressed ends

Fold under again, another 1/4" and stitch along the edge to finish the raw edges.

Stitched ends

Fold the piece in half lengthwise, right sides together, matching edges and seams (if there are any). Stitch along the length with a 1/4" seam, backstitching at the beginning and end.

Tube stitched

Press the seam open, and turn the tube right side out.

Tube finished

Cut a piece of ribbon about 9" long. Approximately 1" in from one end of the tube, tie the ribbon around the tube. Tie it in a knot so that it doesn’t work its way loose later.

One end tied

Stuff the tube from the open end, leaving enough room to tie a ribbon around the other end in the same way.
Tie the other end shut, and you’re all done! Wasn’t that super easy?

Version 1

I encourage you to experiment with different configurations and fabric and sizes to your heart’s content. Version 4 makes a good one to keep in your travel sewing kit. They would also make good party favors at your next quilting retreat! Make a whole bucket of “candy” and pass them out to all your sewing friends!

Here are pictures of all the various versions I’ve described once they’re finished. Enjoy!

Version 1:

Version 1

Another Version 1:

Version 1

Version 2:

Version 2

Version 3:

Version 3

Version 4: Isn't this adorable?

Version 4

I hope you have fun with these. Thanks for visiting my tutorial!

Category: Pincushions


  1. How sweet! I sure am gonna make some of these. Thank you!
    by Annelin
    August 10th, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
  2. These are SUPER cute! I definitely have to make these!
    by JEssica
    August 13th, 2012 at 4:16 a.m.
  3. Those are cute, and look like they'd be so simple! Good way to use up some scraps. :)
    by Jane S.
    August 13th, 2012 at 4:21 p.m.
  4. Thank you .... these are so sweet!
    by Kate
    August 15th, 2012 at 10:07 a.m.
  5. You have the most beautiful store I have ever seen. The best part is how it's designed. Kudo's to the person who decided what goes where!
    by lore williams
    August 15th, 2012 at 1:25 p.m.

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