Cathedral Window Pincushion




An incredibly easy and beautiful pincushion. Makes a fast gift for the sewer in your life or for yourself since one can never have too many pincushions. If you thought cathedral windows were hard, I can promise that your mind will be changed after making this simple cushion.


one 10.5 inch square of Moda Bella solids white
nine 5 in squares of fabric or charms like Domestic Bliss
one button
thread
craft/button thread
stuffable batting


I used the very bright and colorful Domestic Bliss for a spring pin cushion.



Cut your solid square (or a print) 10.5 inches



Cut your template, I used a folder I found in the filing drawer, to 9 inches



Cathedral windows are mostly folding and ironing. Fold the corner over the edge of the template and iron into place. Then repeat on the other three sides.



Next fold the edges down and press. Repeat on the other three sides.

When the sides are pressed it will look like this:

Take the template out at this point:



Fold your square in half and press:

This is what it looks like if you fold one side back:



Fold the opposite way and press again. When you open your square it will look like this:


Time for more folding. Fold the outer corners in and press:


It will look like this when all four have been pressed:


Now do it all again. Fold each of the corners in and press:


Done with the folding/ ironing part!!!!


Trim one of your 5 in squares to 4.25 inches and place in the center of the open square.


Close the flaps.

Stitch the center to secure the flaps closed. This will not show so it does not have to be pretty!

Take another of your 5 in squares and place in one of the triangles and trim.

Repeat with the rest of the charms.

Fold the edge of the flap over the triangle of fabric and pin into place.

Sew to secure the flap. I used the inside of my 1/4in foot as a guide.

Repeat until you have all the flaps sewn.

Put the top aside and grab your last four charms,

Right sides facing sew them together on one side.


Repeat so you have two sets.

 Press open.

Placing right sides together mark a 2in opening with two pins.

Using a 1/2 in seam  sew up to the pin and do a little back and forth to secure where the opening will be.

Press the seam open.

This is the opening.


Take the cushion top and place it right sides facing and centered on the opening of the cushion back.

Using  1/4 in seam, sew around all four sides.

Trim the excess fabric.

Turn the cushion right side out.




Stuff and stuff some more!

Stitch the back closed.

 The best part...choose a button, attach it and you are DONE!!!!! 



One really cute and adorable 3.5in square pincushion to keep or share!!!!

Kim Niedzwiecki
{gogokim.blogspot.com}

51 comments:

Kirsten N said...

This is so lovely!! I saw this on Kims blog recently and had it bookmarked - will definitely try to make one on the weekend!

Border Collie Lipstick said...

Adorable!

Okatava said...

Super! Thanks!

Jeanneke said...

Beautiful! Thanks.
Cheers!

Jeanneke.

Holly said...

Super cute! I can't wait to try one soon!

CJ said...

This is a great tutorial! I had seen it on Kim's blog awhile ago and really wanted to make one. Finally last night I tried one...my center piece was not big enough and wasn't going to work so scrap that although all my windows looked great. I made another one out of some Aster Manor leftover charms and it turned out lovely! All this time I've been afraid of Cathedral Windows. I must say that choosing the button was the toughest part of the whole project. :)

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

ADORABLE!!

Cristina said...

Super, super cute!!! And it lokks so easy!!!

Vic Lau said...

Very Cute!I love the fabric patterns.

jednoiglec said...

I love it! It is so beautiful (the daisy in the middle is a perfect addition). Thank you for great tutorial!

Suzanne said...

I am totally inspired by this tutorial. I want to drop everything and run to my sewing room.

Lindsay Conner said...

This would be a great little swap tutorial! Thanks Kim!

Tammy said...

Cuuuute!!!!

Elsa said...

Love it! Think it will be my project today!

jabeybaby said...

I think I just might have to make one of these today, just beautiful!

Jo said...

I love this and plan to make a couple..like you said, never too many pincushions.

Judy1522 said...

What a cute pincushion. I am definitely going to make one. Thank you!

Mary Deckert said...

I saw this tutorial on Kim's blog last year and made several of these pincushions for Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them. It's the best tutorial out there. So happy to see it on Moda's Bake Shop :)

Kimberly said...

I think I'll be making one of these right about... now! Thanks for sharing such a sweet pattern!

Kim said...

Oh my goodness! Thank you everyone :o)

Kelly said...

Love this Kim. I definitely need to make one...or two xxx

Katima said...

Linda a peça, muito capricho.
Abraços,Kátima.

Quiltjane said...

That is one pincushion I would love to make. Thank you for the great tutorial.

Debbie said...

I love cathedral window so will try this
http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

Katie B. said...

Really cute!

Malini said...

This is so cute. I need to make one for myself.

Maria Filomena said...

Lindissimo!!!!!!


abraços de MF

~ Kim ~ said...

I've just been looking at cathedral window tutorials this morning. What luck to find this cute pincushion. Thanks for sharing!

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Mrs. Joanz said...

I always wondered how this was done. I purchased a cathedral xmas ornament from a local craft fair and a box of treasured handmade ornament was damaged from a storm. I'm so glad to have found ths tutorial now I can make a replacement ornament for my handmade xmas tree@ Thank you@

Mrs Shilts said...

This is a fantastic tutorial, thank you so much. Going to try this at the weekend :)

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Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Love this Kim!!!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Love this Kim!!!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

So pretty! And a great tutorial, thanks

Lisa M said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love how it is thrifty on fabric use but showcases each design beautifully.

Kreasi dari Bunda said...

very tricky and you are good at

Leeanne said...

Got to go make one of these yummies!!!

Loris said...

Sweet! Your post was mentioned on Mary's blog at Quilt Hollow. What a cute little pillow and fun version of the cathedral window!
Thank you!

Patricia said...

What a great tutorial, thank you for sharing. Must have a go!

Roxie said...

Great idea! I've done it and it looks awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Yamayka's Gift Wrapping Ideas said...

Absolutely gorgeous!I love the colors.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

That is beautiful and great instructions! Thank you.

Julianne Emery said...

great tutorial I completed it in one evening and am very happy with the outcome

Shelby Pape said...

What a great tutorial. I just whipped this up in about an hour and I'm pretty new to sewing. For the outside triangles, I just cut up one charm square to use up what I had - fit perfect and no wasting fabric!

allroundtalent said...

Thank you for sharing!

sewjenno said...

Very cute!! I just tried making a cathedral window block for the first time yesterday. It was so fun and I just love how they look!
PS I found my way here through Sew!Mama!Sew!
Cheers!

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Wow, from looking at this pincushion you would think it is way more difficult than it is (I am hoping). It is adorable, I will be making one of these. Thanks for the tutorial.

Anna Elmsjö said...

I made this today, was so much fun! I used an old sheet (that had a tear) as the big 10.5" piece and it was a bit of a struggle as it was so soft but it turned out great! Thanks so much, I will make more for my friends. :)

Katharina said...

Great, and beautiful! Thanks! Tonight I made one myself and it was easy to follow your instructions. The pincushion turned out sew lovely :-)

Gmama Jane said...

Your directions were tops! I,m a retired teacher and it everyone is good at breaking a tutorial into small enough segments. Oh are a pro and I made one tonite. Thanks
Gamma Jane.
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thequilteddog said...

This is one of the best tutorials I've read. Can't wait to try making one.