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Folk Art Felt

Quickly hand-stitch a trio of whimsical felt pincushions.


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Turtle Pincushion Materials

Scraps of assorted green solids, dots, and checks (turtle top)
6" square green crafts felt (turtle base)
Embroidery floss: black
Embroidery floss: white, gold, red
Polyester fiberfill
4" square cardboard

Finished pincushion: 4×4-3⁄4"

Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.



Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. Be sure to transfer dots on patterns to templates, then to fabric pieces. The dots are matching points and are necessary when joining pieces and setting in seams.

From assorted green solids, dots, and checks, cut:
1 of Pattern D
1 of Pattern E

From green felt, cut:
1 of Pattern F

From cardboard, cut:
1 of Pattern G



Assemble Pincushion

1. With right sides together, pin together a green solid, dot, or check E piece and the green solid, dot, or check D piece, matching dots. Sew together between dots; do not sew into seam allowances at either end (Diagram 1). Finger-press seam open. Repeat with a second green solid, dot, or check E piece on adjacent edge of D piece (Diagram 2).

2. Beginning at inside corner, sew E pieces together along short edges. Finger-press seam open.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add remaining green solid, dot, or check E pieces to D piece, stitching short edges together after you add each piece (Diagram 3). Press under 1⁄4" seam allowance on outer edges to make turtle top.

4. Place turtle top right side down. Layer cardboard G piece and green felt F piece on wrong side of turtle top and turn over. Whipstitch turtle top to felt on all
edges, leaving an opening for stuffing (Diagram 4).

To whipstitch, bring needle up at A and push it down at B (Whipstitch Diagram). Come up at C and continue around entire shape in same manner.