Foundation-piece tiny triangles into a pincushion that has geometric appeal. Fabrics are from the Hot Medley collection by Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics.

May 29, 2019

Inspired by Tiny Triangles from designer Giuseppe Ribaudo

Project tester: Jody Sanders

Finished pincushion: 4" square


Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.

  • Scrap of orange print
  • 2×5" piece pink print
  • 3×7" piece dark orange print
  • 12" square dark pink print
  • 5"-square cotton batting
  • Lightweight tracing paper or other foundation material of your choice
  • Hand-sewing needle, such as a betweens
  • Perle cotton: variegated orange
  • Crushed walnut shells or polyester fiberfill

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From orange print, cut:

  • 1-1- 1⁄2" square

From pink print, cut:

  • 3-1- 1⁄2" squares

From dark orange print, cut:

  • 3-2" squares

From dark pink print, cut:

  • 1-4-1⁄2 ×6-1⁄2" rectangle
  • 1-4-1⁄2" square
  • 1-3-1⁄2 ×5-1⁄2" rectangle
  • 1-2-1⁄2×4" rectangle

Foundation-Piece Pincushion Top

Click on "Download this Project" above for the Foundation Pattern.

To foundation-piece, stitch fabric pieces to a foundation paper with the marked side of the paper facing up and the fabric pieces layered underneath. The resulting pieced unit is a mirror image of the foundation paper.

1. Use a pencil to trace the Foundation Pattern onto lightweight tracing paper (or foundation material of your choice) once, tracing all lines and numbers. Cut out traced foundation pattern roughly 1⁄4" outside dotted lines to make a foundation paper.

2. Gather foundation paper, orange print 1 -1⁄2" square (position 1), pink print 1 -1⁄2" squares (positions 2–4), dark orange print 2" squares (positions 5–7), and dark pink print 2-1⁄2×4", 3-1⁄2×5-1⁄2", and 4-1⁄2×6-1⁄2" rectangles (positions 8–10). Working in numerical order, foundation-piece pincushion top (Diagram 1). The pieced top should be 4-1⁄2" square including seam allowances.

Finish Pincushion

1. Remove foundation paper with tweezers or the blunt edge of a seam ripper.

2. Layer pincushion top, wrong side down, atop batting 5" square; smooth to eliminate any puckers (Diagram 2).

3. Referring to Diagram 3 and Running Stitch Diagram, use a hand-sewing needle and perle cotton to make evenly spaced running stitches 1⁄2" from triangle edges. Trim batting even with pincushion edges.

4. Layer pincushion top and dark pink 4-1⁄2" square with right sides together (Diagram 4). Sew together, leaving a 2" opening in one edge for turning, to make a pincushion cover.

5. Turn right side out. Fill cover with walnut shells or fiberfill. Slip-stitch opening closed to finish pincushion.