Silly pumpkin pincushions are sure to elicit smiles from any sewer. Use them as decorations or give away as sweet Halloween treats!

June 14, 2013

Designer: Linda Solovic


Freezer paper
Felt: moss green, dark orange, orange, and scraps of red, ivory, and gold
#8 pearl cotton: white, black, and green
Polyester fiberfill
Embellishments for stems: cloth tape measure, golf tee, and artificial flowers
Crafts glue
Buttons in various sizes for eyes
Embellishments for noses, such as a checker, bingo marker, or die

Cut Fabrics

From moss green felt, cut:
• 1-6x10" rectangle

From dark orange felt, cut:
• 2-7x8" rectangles

From orange felt, cut:

• 1-6x10" rectangle {C}Download this Project

Assemble Pincushions

1. Position the freezer paper, shiny side down, over the patterns (pages 3-4). Trace the patterns the number of times indicated. Cut out the shapes on the traced lines.

2. Using an iron, press a freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto the front of the respective fabric (use the picture as a guide); let cool. Cut out the shape along the pattern edges. Peel off the freezer paper.

3. Backstitch a line in the center of each mouth with #8 pearl cotton. Work straight stitches at intervals along the mouth lines.

4. Backstitch a circle on the dark orange pumpkin's eye patch.

5. With right sides together and using a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance, sew the fronts of the pumpkins to the backs, leaving an opening at the top of each pumpkin for turning; turn right side out.

6. Stuff with fiberfill. Hand-sew the openings closed, leaving 1⁄2-inch openings to insert the stems.

Finish Pincushions

1. For the tape-measure stem, cut two 2-1⁄2"lengths from the tape measure. Glue a 1⁄4x2-1⁄2" strip of cardstock between the two lengths. Glue in place.

2. For the artificial-flower stem, tie a small bunch of flowers and leaves with a length of pearl cotton. Glue in place.

3. Sew buttons in place for eyes. Glue the noses in place.