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Singer Featherweight Pincushion

Use scraps to create a Singer Featherweight sewing machine on an oversize pincushion. Let a Nine-Patch block represent a quilt ready to be sewn.


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Inspired by Sew Happy from designer Kathleen Berlew

Quilt tester: Sarah Huechteman



  • 7×14" piece gray print (pincushion top and bottom)
  • 4×5" piece solid black (appliqué)
  • 2" square solid light pink (appliqués)
  • Scrap of solid orange (appliqué)
  • 2×6" piece solid dark pink (appliqués)
  • 6" square piece solid green (Nine-Patch block)
  • 3" square piece solid purple (Nine-Patch block)
  • 6×12" piece solid white (pincushion side panel)
  • Lightweight fusible web
  • Embroidery floss: green, light pink, dark pink, black, white
  • 7⁄16"-diameter button: white
  • 5⁄8"-diameter button: black
  • 2—1⁄4"-diameter buttons: white
  • Ground walnut shells


Finished pincushion: 5-1⁄2×5-1⁄2×2"


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for the patterns. To use fusible web for appliquéing B–G pieces, complete the following steps.


1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns B–G. Use a pencil to trace each pattern once, leaving 1⁄4" between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1⁄8" outside traced lines.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press each fusible-web shape onto wrong side of designated fabric; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.


From gray print, cut:

  • 2 of Pattern A

From solid black, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

From solid light pink, cut:

  • 1 each of patterns C and F

From solid orange, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern D

From solid dark pink, cut:

  • 1 each of patterns E and G

From solid green, cut:

  • 5—1" squares

From solid purple, cut:

  • 4—1" squares

From solid white, cut:

  • 2—2-1⁄2×11-1⁄4" strips