Charming Pincushion #1

Oh Cherry Oh! charm pack
DMC pearl cotton size 8
YLI silk thread
Large Clover Yo-Yo maker
Upholstery Thread
Doll Maker’s Needle
polyester stuffing, walnut shells for ‘stuffing’


Choose 2 charms from your pack. Using the Clover yo-yo maker as my guide…

I trace around the edge…

This will be my sewing line.

I pin my charms right sides together to prevent slipping of the fabric as I sew the circle. I recommend changing your stitch length to 1.5 instead of 2.2 or 2.5. I have found it will allow you to sew with out moving your presser foot up and down as often. Make sure to leave an opening for turning. I usually backstitch at the beginning and end of stitching to lock those stitches…to allow for a smoother finished look to the pincushion.

I trim to about 1/8 inch, with the tight stitches it is unlikely the stitches will pull out.

Next, turn pincushion right side out.

Stuff very full…or use walnut shells.

This step takes patience. I turn the openings in and pin atleast 3 places. You want to align the edges as closely as possible. I sometimes find myself repinning 5 times or more. Then using the silk thread, wip stitch opening closed.

To give your pincushion more personality…chose a pearl cotton size 8 to coordinate. Knot one end of the pearl cottong and draw up into the center of the pincushion. I use a doll makers needle as they are longer and stronger to pull through the stuffing and fabric layers.

I proceed to up and over the sides of the cushion 6 to 8 times, pulling taught with each pass.

I finish off my thread end on the side of the cushion in which I started. In effect there are 2 knots there. I use a button or yo-you to cover my knots and center.

Here’s an example with a yo-yo center…..

A charm pack can make several pincushions…depends on the number of charms in the pack. I have also used extra charms from finished projects for these pincushions.

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0 comments on “Charming Pincushion #1

  1. Angela says:

    CUTE!!!! LOVE the cushion with the YOYO… You are so clever!

  2. Needled Mom says:

    Very cute! Looks like it would be fun to make too.

  3. PunkiePie says:

    That ROCKS Vickie! So (sew!) simple. I LOVE it. I am sooo going to make one this weekend. I am determined!

  4. Jackie says:

    Vickie, I just love this one!! You know I just don’t have any charm packs…LOL!

  5. I am so loving that fabric! I broke my fabric freeze today and bought some! shhhh. Don’t tell. LOL. ooxx`jodi

  6. Amanda says:

    This is cute! Thanks for sharing.

  7. happy zombie says:

    SEW cute Vickie – I love it! You are the pincushion queen! And now Abba is singing in my head.

  8. Here's a tip. Iaf you have a circle maker for your machine you can use that instead of drawing a circle