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Go Nuts

Make a bunch of acorn-inspired felt pincushions and needle books, then squirrel them away for holiday gifts. 


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Designer: Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdy Designs


Materials For Acorn Pincushion

•    6×10" piece tan felt (acorn body)

•    5×10" piece dark brown felt (acorn top, stem)

•    2-1⁄2×10" piece brown felt (acorn top)

•    Freezer paper

•    Embroidery floss: tan and brown

•    Polyester fiberfill


Finished pincushion: 2-1⁄2×4-3⁄4"


About Felt

Commercial crafts felt, available at crafts stores, is made of polyester and/or wool. If you use polyester felt, be careful when pressing with a hot iron; it can melt the fibers.


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. To use freezer paper for cutting A and B pieces, complete the following steps.


1.    Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1⁄2" between tracings. Cut out each freezer-paper shape roughly 1⁄4" outside traced lines.

2.    Using a hot dry iron, press each freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto designated felt; let cool. Cut out felt shapes on drawn lines. Peel off freezer paper.


From tan felt, cut: 

•    3 of Pattern A

From dark brown felt, cut: 

•    3 of Pattern B

•    1—3⁄4×3" strip

From brown felt, cut: 

•    2 of Pattern B