How to sew a kaleidoscope EPP pincushion

Today's Quilter issue 23 pin cushion

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!

Today's Quilter issue 23 paper pieces

You will need

  • Assorted scraps of print fabrics
  • Background fabric – one (1) 612in square
  • Contrast solid fabric – 5in square
  • Backing fabric – one (1) 612in square
  • Four (4) 114in honeycomb paper pieces
  • One (1) 114in square paper piece
  • Toy stuffing or filling of your choice

Fabrics used

Dutch Heritage prints and Oakshott shot cottons.

Cutting out

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) 212in 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)

FPP Pin cushion Figs 1-3

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 212in square (Fig 3A). Place on a corner of the background square aligning the raw edges. Stitch on the line. Trim the excess to a 14in 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  14in seam all around the edges leaving a gap for turning (Fig 5).

FPP Pin cushion Figs 5-6

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  14in seam allowance. Repeat in all four corners (Fig 7B).

FPP Pin cushion Figs 7A-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.

TQ23 pin cushion front