February brings lots of red, pink, and hearts! Stephanie from Swoodson Says here, and I have a quick, easy, scrappy Valentine's Day pincushion tutorial for you. If you're looking for another idea, I also have a heart-shaped hand warmer tutorial on my blog that uses upcycled wool.
This pincushion is on the large side, so it won't slide down in between the couch cushions, and you can use the tiniest of scraps for the inset patchwork. You could also fill it with dried lavendar as a sachet!
- 1/4 yard of main body fabric, woven cotton
- 10 1″ strips of scraps for inset
- Poly-fill stuffing
- Hand sewing needle & thread
- Heart Pincushion Template
Cut 3 pincushion body pieces, 6″ X 7″ & 10 strips 1″ X 5″ for the inset. Cut the heart template out from the print-out or draw one of your own.
1. Layer 2 body pieces right sides together and center the heart template, tracing around it.
2. Sew each strip right sides together with 1/4″ seam allowance.
3. Press the inset seams open.
4. Sew along the traced heart outline and cut out the inside carefully, making sure not to cut through any of the stitching.
5. Pull the top square through the heart shaped hole you just created, gently poking out the points. Press firmly and flat.
6. Layer the pressed inset piece underneath the heart shaped hole, right sides up. Top stitch along the outside of the heart's edge, press.
7. Layer the top and bottom body piece right sides together, stitch with 1/4″ seam allowance around the edges, leaving a 2″ gap open and back-stitching at beginning and end.
8. Trim seam allowances (I used pinking shears) and clip the main body's corners.
9. Turn right side out through the gap and gently poke the corners out. Press, stuff, and then use a ladder stitch to close