Bright fabric scraps make up a merry Log Cabin pincushion.
Scrappy Pincushion
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Inspired by "Get Scrappy" from designer Roseann Meehan Kermes

Project Maker: Mary Pepper


  • Scraps of light and medium prints (block, backing)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 2--1"-diameter buttons

Finished pincushion: 4" square

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

Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the following order.

From assorted medium prints, cut:

  • 1--4-1/2" square
  • 1--1x4-1/2" rectangle for position 12
  • 1--1x4" rectangle for position 11
  • 1--1x3-1/2" rectangle for position 8
  • 1--1x3" rectangle for position 7
  • 1--1x2-1/2" rectangle for position 4
  • 1--1x2" rectangle for position 3
  • 1--1-1/2" square

From assorted light prints, cut:

  • 1--1x4" rectangle for position 10
  • 1--1x3-1/2" rectangle for position 9
  • 1--1x3" rectangle for position 6
  • 1--1x2-1/2" rectangle for position 5
  • 1--1x2" rectangle for position 2
  • 1--1x1-1/2" rectangle for position 1

Assemble Pincushion

1. Sew together a position 1 rectangle and medium print 1-1/2" square to make block center (Diagram 1).  Press seam allowance toward rectangle.


2. Add a position 2 rectangle to left-hand edge of block center (Diagram 2). Press seam allowance away from block center.


3. Add a position 3 rectangle to top edge of block center; press as before (Diagram 3).


4. Referring to Diagram 4, continue sewing rectangles to block center in a clockwise direction to make Log Cabin block. Press all seams away from block center. The block should be 4-1/2" square including seam allowances.


5. Layer Log Cabin block and a 4-1/2" square right sides together; stitch around all edges, leaving a 2" opening along one edge for turning. Turn pincushion to right side. Stuff with fiberfill. Slip-stitch opening closed.

6. Center one button on pincushion top and a second one on the bottom. Taking long stitches through the center of pincushion, sew buttons firmly in place.