Fabric Strawberries

these summer strawberries can be enjoyed all year long…perfect in a play kitchen set or to be given as gifts to the crafters in your life as a perfect little pincushion.

*one “crazy 8” by sandy gervais turnover
*filling (i used crushed clam shells, but you can use sand or crushed walnut shells or just polyfil fulff if you like)
*thread (mettler red, and green)
*needle (regular sewing size)
*pinking shears
*hot glue gun

take the reds, pinks, and greens out of the pack.
the reds and pinks will be what we will be working with first.
on the wrong side of the fabric measure from middle “point” 4 inches and make a marking.
again from the middle “ponit” measure 4 inches up and make a mark on either side of your first mark in the middle. (you can make as little or as many marks, this is just a guideline to make your “arch”)
using your marks on the fabric make an “arch” by connecting the dots if you will.
cut out your arch
fold down like so, to match up your sides.

sew down (1/4 in seam allowance) your open side, make sure you back stitch at the top.
this is what you should have now.
from the bottom point, measure up 1 inch.
draw a line where your 1 inch mark is.
sew across your one inch line (make sure you back stitch)
turn inside out. and you should have the base of your strawberry now.
fill up your strawberry base with filling. (i used crushed clam shells because i wanted the option to maybe use these as pincushions) i filled mine up pretty full because i wanted a really tight and full strawberry. i left approx 1/2 inch off the top unfilled.
now with your red mettler thread you are going to seal off the top of your strawberry.

sew the top shut like so. sew around the whole strawberry top. and gently pull shut.

this is what your should end up having.

this is the template for your strawberry top.

cut it out.
fold your green triangle in half wrong sides together.
and trace your template of the top onto the right side of your fabric
with your green mettler thread in your sewing machine… using your drawn on strawberry top as a guideline, sew on top of your lines. make sure you back stitch
cut out with pinking shears just outside your sewn strawberry top.

with a hot glue gun you are going to put hot glue on your strawberry top

i made sure i put the hot glue on the side that i drew on so that my drawing would not show in the final product.
here’s my lovely finished strawberry.
a plateful of lovely fabric play strawberries (approx 12 from this particular line):
another idea for these strawberries would be making them into lovely little gifts for the crafters in your life:
as sweet little pincushions.

0 comments on “Fabric Strawberries

  1. Stunning and simple! I will give these a go when I get some spare time.
    Collette xxx

  2. absolutely adorable.
    {as always!!!}

  3. These are absolutely precious! Thank you so much for sharing!:) Lori

  4. Ashley says:

    Cute!!! I love them and the tutorial is great!

  5. Rebecca says:

    Such cute strawberries. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!

  6. Donna says:

    Really cute! Now help me out here, where do you get crushed clamshells and why do you prefer them for pincushions?

  7. Thanks for this tutorial!! Really wonderful!!

  8. Nedra says:

    You've done it again! Great tutorial. I sometimes use crushed walnut shells for fillers that I have purchased at the pet store. They usually are in the “rodent” section.

  9. Great tutorial these sound VERY easy and look great too!!

  10. madrekarin says:

    Very sweet. I love them.

  11. jaybird says:

    you never cease to amaze me… another cute project!!! thanks V!

  12. Fantastic! I want to make play food for my peanut's kitchen. She'll love having her own little basket of strawberries. Thanks!

  13. How cute are those? Thanks for the great tutorial V. As usual you have given wonderful step-by-step with picture directions.

  14. Vickie E says:

    very clever! and cute

  15. Heather says:

    These are so cute. A great idea to be used a little pin cousins.

  16. How cute, I think I'm going to give these a try.

  17. Sarah says:

    Love these!

  18. Those little pin cushions are just adorable. I'm sure they look spectacular in Katie's little play kitchen. SO cute! Where do you get crushed clam shells? Jenn

  19. Those little pin cushions are just adorable. I'm sure they look spectacular in Katie's little play kitchen. SO cute! Where do you get crushed clam shells? Jenn

  20. Awesome! I love these – always wanted to make them. The stem idea is so clever – easier than trying to turn those little buggers! Thanks, love your work!

  21. Hey thanks for this! Just the pattern I have been needing! 🙂 ♥

  22. Kelly O. says:

    pretty awesome, V!

  23. V and Co. says:

    i used crushed clam shells because…uh it was the only thing available in my super small town. honestly i don't know why they have it here in the this farming community but they use it for something. and hence i went in there with the thought of “what can i use to stuff these babies?” and away i walked with crushed clam shells. i found it in my local IFA (international Farm Assoc) store.
    but yes if you have a pet store i would go with the crushed walnut shells that nedra suggested.
    and there you have it.

  24. Cute!!! Can you please have a printer friendly option? Would like to make them, need directions in front of me, memory not as good as it used to be.

  25. JG says:

    The strawberries are adorable! Thanks you for the tutorial. They would be so pretty on a summer wreath, also. Now, I need to locate some red fabric in my scrap bag.

  26. allsewnup says:

    Too cute and so easy peasy. I see this being added to an ever growing Christmas to-do list. How about sachets?!Hmm…

  27. Sheri Howard says:

    Oh those are so sweet….so fun!!

  28. amy smart says:

    Darling, V! Great tutorial too. And as always, love your pretty pictures. 🙂

  29. Adrienne says:

    i. love. this. one! fresh and simply adorable.

  30. amandajean says:

    so cute, vanessa~I love them!!!

  31. Hincha's says:

    Too Cute!!! I just ordered some fabric to make some of these. Is there a printable sheet for them?

  32. Carol says:

    What fun! Great tutorial Vanessa.

  33. Blogless me says:

    Cute, yummy, adorable and a perfect fast and useful present. Makes me think I should buy a glue gun and learn to use it.

  34. Deb says:

    Two questions:

    1) What line of fabric DID you use?
    2) Where does one get crushed clam

    The berries are very cute~~

  35. Sandy says:

    Very sweet…great tutorial.
    I think some friends will be getting these!!

  36. V and Co. says:

    1. i used “crazy 8” by sandy gervais
    2. i bought mine at the local farming supply place but you can use crushed walnut shells and you can find it at a pet store.

  37. umama says:

    Your blog is fantastic! I am just learning to sew and love when I see people post their step by step directions!!! These are so cute as is the coupon clutch! Love it!

  38. happy zombie says:

    You kill me with these adorable projects of yours. And your photography always wows me too. And you KNOW what I'm doing to my monitor right now.

    Love your strawberries, Vanessa. Love, love, love them!

  39. Aimee says:

    Strawberries are my favorite! I'm so excited to make some of these.

  40. L Johnson says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial Vanessa! These fabrics are perfect for this project!!!

  41. Gwendie says:

    Those are just darling! I'll be making many, many of them for gifts, I know.

  42. Kathryn says:

    I will be making these sweet strawberries, soon! WHat a great tutorial, thank you!

  43. So very sweet. Love those strawberries!

  44. Mimi Sue says:

    I adore them! I'll be making them for sure. Mimi

  45. very adorable and so scrumptious
    thank you

  46. Thank you for this idea! I am going to have to make some strawberries soon! Daisy~

  47. VeeV says:


    where do you get crushed clam shells??


  48. Sallie says:

    These are really great. Very easy to make. I made a bowl full of these and I filled them with wheatberries.

  49. lmrhoda says:

    I was reading the comments and noticed a lot of questions about the crushed clam-shells. The clam shells contain organic calcium and they will readily emit or transfer these minerals thru air or water or even if ingested. They are used a lot in bird cages and on the floors of chicken coops if your chickens lay very thin shelled eggs. It's a kind of natural phenom that farmers know about. Hence finding them in the farming store. Also I've used Calci-Sand in the hermit crab section because the granules are larger than sand and won't leak through your seams. They come in neon colors usually. More useless knowledge to clutter your heads….as if we need more…. 😉