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Tie-On Pincushion

Ideal for tying onto a sewing basket, these tiny pincushions are great gifts for all your quilting buddies.


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Heart Pincushion

Designer: Roseann Meehan Kermes
From: American Patchwork & Quilting, April 2007

Materials for Heart Pincushion
Scraps assorted felted wool in two to four different colors (pincushion, appliqués, and tie)


Cut Fabrics

To felt wool, machine-wash it in
a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press. Click on "Download this Project" to get the full-size patterns.

From assorted wool scraps, cut:
2 of heart pattern
1 each of flower and circle patterns
1 -- 3/8x12" tie strip


Assemble Heart Pincushion

Use three strands of embroidery floss for all embroidery

1. Layer wool circle and flower pieces atop a heart piece. Stitching through all layers, make a large cross-stitch in the center of the circle to secure.

2. Layer hearts and blanket-stitch around edges, leaving a 1" opening on a straight edge. To blanket-stitch, pull your needle up at A (see Blanket Stitch diagram), form a reverse L shape with the perle cotton, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B and come up at C to secure the stitch.

3. Stuff heart with fiberfill, then blanket-stitch the opening closed.

4. Knot each tie end, then match centers of tie and back of heart. Stitch tie in place, hiding knots underneath tie, to complete pincushion.