Whip up a pretty pincushion in just one evening with our free tutorial. We’re thrilled to bring you a double gift issue this month: issue 23 is out this week and comes with a super-handy pack of 200 Kaleidoscope Paper Pieces PLUS our Fussy Cut Kaleidoscope EPP Pattern booklet. It’s packed full of tips and advice for how to get the best results from paper piecing from our very own quilt pro, Technical Editor Laura Pritchard. Laura’s created this bonus pincushion tutorial for those of you who, like us, just can’t get enough EPP in your life. It’s a great, quick-sew project if you’re looking to pretty up your sewing table or whip-up a quick home-sewn gift for a friend who loves to quilt too!
- Download your free PDF EPP pincushion project here: for a printable version of this patchwork tutorial.
- Read on we’ve also popped the instructions below for you (if you prefer to sew along with us online)
- PLUS! free templates: download our printable PDF kaleidoscope shape templates here
- Order issue 23 now to get 200 kaleidoscope EPP pieces to have fun with.
You will need
- Assorted scraps of print fabrics
- Background fabric – one (1) 61⁄2in square
- Contrast solid fabric – 5in square
- Backing fabric – one (1) 61⁄2in square
- Four (4) 11⁄4in honeycomb paper pieces
- One (1) 11⁄4in square paper piece
- Toy stuffing or filling of your choice
Dutch Heritage prints and Oakshott shot cottons.
Step one: From print 1 fussy-cut four (4) honeycombs. We chose a detail that would create an outwards blooming effect.
Step two: From print 2 fussy-cut one (1) square for the centre.
Step three: From a contrasting solid fabric cut four (4) 21⁄2in squares.
Making the patchwork
Step four: Prepare the paper pieces with fabric using your preferred basting method.
Step five: Stitch the print 1 honeycomb pieces together into pairs. (Fig 1)
Step six: Add the two honeycomb pairs to the sides of the square as shown in Fig 2. Remove the papers and press well.
Step seven: Mark a diagonal line corner to corner on the back of each contrast 21⁄2in square (Fig 3A). Place on a corner of the background square aligning the raw edges. Stitch on the line. Trim the excess to a 1⁄4in seam (Fig 3B). Flip open the corner and press (Fig 3C). Repeat in all four corners.
Step eight: Appliqué the EPP onto the centre of the background square (Fig 4). It can help to fold the background in half twice to mark a centre guide.
Assembling the pincushion
Step nine: Place the front and the backing right sides together. Stitch a 1⁄4in seam all around the edges leaving a gap for turning (Fig 5).
Boxing the corners
Step 10: Mark a 1in square in each corner of your pincushion, on both the front and back of the square (Fig 6).
Step 11: Gently pull apart the two sides and refold in the opposite direction so that the markings form a straight line across the corner. Make sure the seams are matched by gently rolling them between your fingers and thumbs. Pin well and stitch along the marked line, back and forth a couple of times to secure (Fig 7A). Trim excess to a 1⁄4in seam allowance. Repeat in all four corners (Fig 7B).
Step 12: Turn the pincushion right-sides out. Stuff well with the filling of your choice and ladder stitch the gap closed by hand.