Giant Pincushions


These are super simple to make and adorable! They come in handy around your sewing room and work as great gifts for sewing friends.



honeybun or jelly roll strips
hand sewing needle & matching thread
pincushion filler of your choice





Patisserie by Fig Tree - Neptune by Tula Pink



1. Pick 3 honeybun strips that look good together and have some contrast.
2. Sew them together into a strip set. Offset the start of your strips like this.


3. Press seams. This can be in any direction.
4. Measure your strip to make sure it is 3 ½” wide. If it is not it is ok if it is smaller (your ¼ is bigger) but not larger (you are sewing too scant) Correct if needed and write down what the width of your strip is.
5. Cut a 45 degree angle at the one end of your strip.


6. Turn your ruler so you can cut a diamond. Cut it to be 3 ½” or the width of your strip set.
Repeat for a total of 8 diamonds.






7. Place diamonds RST into 4 sets making sure that the top points are the same fabrics.


8. Pin & Sew along 2 sides from top to bottom pivoting in the center. (repeat 3 times for 4 sets)




9. Open and press towards solid strip. (not the part with 2 seams) (repeat 3 times.)



10. Similar to step # 7 place diamond sets RST and pin. The ironing from step #9 should help you interlock the seams at the top and bottom. Sew 2 sides from top to bottom, repeat for 2nd set, and iron again.





11. Now you have 2 halves of your pincushion.


12. Put one half inside the other RST. Pin all the way around and sew leaving a 1 ½” opening.



13. Turn right side out. Fill with stuffing or filling of choice.



14. Hand sew opening closed and you are done!


See how easy that was!




Red White & Bold by Sandy Gervais - Neptune by Tula Pink



1. Pick 2 jelly roll strips that look good together and have some contrast.
2. Sew them together into a strip set. Offset the start of your strips.
3. Press seams. This can be in any direction. (since i had a light color solid here i pressed toward the blue print)
4. Measure your strip to make sure it is 4 ½” wide. If it is not it is ok, just write down what the width of your strip is.
5. Cut a 60 degree angle at the one end of your strip.
6. Turn your ruler so you can cut a diamond. Cut it to be 4 ½” or the width of your strip set.
Repeat for a total of 6 diamonds.


7. Place diamonds RST into 2 sets making sure that the top points are the same fabrics. You will have 2 leftover at this point.
8. Pin & Sew along 2 sides from top to bottom pivoting in the center. (repeat 1 time.)
9. Open and press towards solid strip. (not the part with 1 seam) (repeat 1 time.)



10. Similar to step # 7 place a diamond set RST with a loose diamond and pin. Sew 2 sides from top to bottom, repeat for 2nd set, and iron again.



11. Now you have 2 halves of your pincushion.


12. Put one half inside the other RST. Pin all the way around and sew leaving a 1 ½” opening.


13. Turn right side out. Fill with stuffing or filling of choice.
14. Hand sew opening closed and you are done!


see just as easy!!


you probably noticed that one of my pincushions has a lot of fabrics... this is achieved by cutting your diamonds from different strip sets... it makes a nice scrappy look and can help you use up leftover strip sets so you can go buy more fabric!



another option is to flip every other diamond... instead of a star you'll end up with more of a pinwheel...

the possibilities are endless!!





Super cute pincushions.. you won’t be able to make just one!

3 Honeybun strips = 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 3"

2 Jelly Roll strips = 8" x 7" x 3"




Enjoy!

by Julie of jaybirdquilts!

100 comments:

a good yarn said...

These are fabulous!

Jackie said...

What a terrific tutorial! I just love it Julie! Both versions.

Susan said...

Oh, I really like these a lot...especially the scrappy ones!

Beth said...

I love these! Might have to make one of each!

Kelly O. said...

Wow love the diversity!
this is ingenius!

Stacey said...

super cute!!!

rebecca said...

Chasing you around the blog world getting all these entries. Thanks for the great ideas!!

Michelle said...

I have some leftover jelly roll fabric, so this will come in very handy. Thanks

angela said...

Those are so cute! They would make cute bowl-fillers or little toys for a baby (without the pins of course!) Great tutorial!

Molly said...

These are great! Can't wait to make them! :)

mascanlon said...

Oh, oh, oh! I think I have found the Christmas gift for the women in my friendship group. I can't wait to get started.

rachel griffith said...

you know i want the figgy one.
okay and the neptune one too.

madrekarin said...

Darling!! Now to figure out how to make everything I keep adding to my "Must Make This!" list. ;)

Nedra said...

Very cute. Your tutorial was very clear and easy to follow. Good job.
ooops...you might want to redo the spelling on your title.

Needled Mom said...

Very cute!!!!

Wheeler Family said...

Cute idea! Great job!

Brooke said...

Oh, I need one of these, I am always losing my small ones....

Djaj said...

Looks so easy.. I wish I can make one as nice as those !

free indeed said...

Thanks for the tute. If I don't win one I can make my own! I really need to think about a pincushion collection...I have one from 40 years ago that my grandmother gave me...that's my only one so far...:)

allsewnup said...

Looks like I'm adding to my Christmas list...again.
Thanks Julie for the tutorial!
Carolyn*

Kim said...

Julie, these are fabulous and so creative! I love them and plan on making one today with my honeybun strips. Bravo!!!

parTea lady said...

The giant pincushions are really cute. What a great way to show off your favorite fabrics.

SewCalGal said...

Julie's pincushions are like little bundles of quilted art. Absolutely beautiful.

This is a great tutorial! Thank you.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Lori said...

These are so cute. Thank you for the tutorial. I see some fun Christmas presents for friends coming.

dotti white said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for your work! I am thinking I have to make one soon....almost looks like it could be a small pillow! We'll see........

Terry said...

These are all so cute! I'm adding these to the list of pincushions I want to make! Thanks so much! :0)

Karen said...

These are great! I want to make one of each! Your directions make it look easy! I especially love the scrappy one.

PamKittyMorning said...

Very cool!

Tiffany said...

Terrific christmas present ideas! Thanks.

meg99 said...

Your tutorial is great!
These are so cute!

Laura said...

Wow I love these.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Very cute Julie! And great instructions. I'll be making one.

CJ said...

So cute!

PunkiePie said...

Too cute! I can't wait to get back from TX so that I can make one! I just don't have the time today to try.

Karen said...

Looking good! Thanks for making this easy to understand;)

Alyson said...

These are really great. Simple, yet really cool looking. :) Thanks for your cute ideas!

Barb said...

Wow, those are wonderful.....

Meg said...

These are so cool! I love that you can use jelly rolls and honey buns--great for the ends of strip sets!

Material Mary said...

Leaving you another comment to tell you how much I love this pincushion. Great tutorial.
Mary

Patchwork Penguin said...

Super cool!! Thanks for hosting!

nancy

Sinta Renee said...

You are so very clever! I like those pincushions! and having a way to make them from the small strips. Very cool:)

Kaye said...

what a great tutorial you did, I am putting it in my favorites as I am doing them next. So talented, and thanks for sharing

Nicole said...

I love these! SO cute!

V and Co. said...

cool!

Heather said...

These are adorable!

May Kristin said...

Love those big pincushions!
Great tutorial!

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love that you gave two ways to make these. Thanks.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this is such a super pin cushion. Love how it swirls. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Ellen said...

What great Pincushions. I love them and will be making some for me and my sister-in-law.
LG

Micki said...

it's a fabulous pattern. Love it!
Micki

bruinbr said...

I just love this!!! Terrific tutorial!

Gene Black said...

great tutorial. I will look closer later, but it seems easy to follow. Thanks!

Living Life with a Joyful Heart said...

Very very cute!

krousegirl said...

what a neat pincushion! i think id like to try this super sized vs. small. thanks!
jenny
krousegirl2 at aol dot com

Mushyhed said...

Great tutorial! I may have to make one of each :0).

Sara said...

Great tutorial...I really love Moda Bake Shop for all the great tutorials they have...

Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

How pretty. Thanks for posting the tutorial.

Loralynn said...

What a great pattern! Thanks!

quiltmom said...

Nice tutorial Julie- the fabrics are lovely and the pincushions are very cute- Nice giveaway that you have posted.
Regards,
Anna

peggy said...

Thank you for the great tutorial. I'll have to go make myself one.
Peggy in NJ

libertythreads said...

I love pincushions and these are just wonderful. Can't wait to try one!
libertythreads@charter.net

Victoria M. said...

This is a really good tutorial..good pictures, clear directions. Thanks so much. I can't wait to make one of these, or should I say several !!

~D Spack~ said...

Julie is great! I've enjoyed getting acquainted with her these last few weeks! Thanks Julie!

Veronica Arteira said...

BEautifull!!!

Diana said...

Checking out one of my favorite blogs. Also saw these on jaybird blog. Would love to win pincushion in simple Abundance fabric.

luvinthemommyhood said...

Great job Julie, can't wait to make this one!

What Comes Next? said...

way cool! I think I have a few orphan jelly roll strips laying around - time to play!

Lynn B said...

Super tutorial Julie, I have posted another comment on your blog to get a double chance of winning! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

Lynn B
www.happinessiscrossstitching.blogspot.com

Susan said...

So cute!!

Kath said...

I love this blog, one of my favourites

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you for these♥x

anne said...

great pincushion. I am making one soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

QuiltingB29 said...

These look easy. I'm adding them to my to-do list.

Melody said...

Julie,
I love this, I am going to put this on my to do list! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs & Stitches,
Melody

tmac said...

Great tutorial! Will be making one for sure!

sewmarm said...

These a great! I love your choice of fabrics, especially the floral-themed one!

AAAle said...

sooo lovely! I am afraid I'll have to do a couple at least... And post them on my blog, too!!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Great idea! so fun and easy! I think i need a bigger one anyway :)

Rose said...

Oh I love the neptune one, so cute!

Welker Family said...

Hey Julie, met you at Festival, you bought the cute Tula Pink Chatter Block! Can't wait to get my new Giant Pincushion :)

Cassie said...

These are cute. Thanks for making the tutorial!

Heidi said...

Thanks! This is so great. I am going to make one for a gift that I need for a friend next week. This will be perfect in pinks and browns which she loves.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Andee said...

Very cute!

Sue Cahill said...

Love these pincushions. I need to make some up for Christmas presents for my quilt buddies!

Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

SY said...

These are so awesome! I will definitely write about you and your awesome directions on my own blog.

Deb said...

How unique - I love them!

L. Gray said...

I gotta make a couple of these, love that they're giant! Thanks for sharing your tutorial. --Lisa

StitchCat said...

Thank you for the tutorial for these gorgeous pincushions. They are great.

Michelle said...

fun fun fun! can't wait til i get home from vaca and make one!

Cardygirl said...

So very cute!

Debbie said...

Thanks for the detailed tutorial, Julie!

Zully said...

Very cute. Your tutorial was very clear.

Thanks and hughs!!!

Jessica said...

These are fantastic! I just love pincushions...and these giant so there's even more to love!!

Pike said...

They are so pretty!

Pirjo from Finland

Anne said...

Looove it! Who doesn't need another pin cushion?

Handmade by Mai said...

I love pincushions. Like a friend of mine says: You never have enough pincushions.

arlette said...

The tutorial look really easy to do them, I love both versions!!!
arlette0521.blogspot.com

Henya said...

Those are fantastic. I will have to try it out.

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Heather said...

I just made myself an adorable Honey bun pincushion. Love it! Thanks for the great tutorial.