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Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

How to make a quick and easy cubed pincushion. Free sewing tutorial. Read through all the directions before you start because there are two options for finishing.

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

Supplies: You need two pieces that measure 9 1/2 x 3 1/2″ and one that measures 9 1/2 x 4 1/2″. You’ll also need an erasable marking tool and some crushed walnut shells for stuffing.

Making the Pocket: Press the 4 1/2″ piece in half lengthwise.

Topstitch along the folded edge about 1/8″ from the edge.

Place the pocket on one of the 9 1/2 x 3 1/2″ pieces with all the raw edges lining up. Baste along the bottom edge about 1/8″ from the edge.

Baste both the sides starting at the bottom edge and stitching up towards the top of the pocket. (This will prevent puckering.)

You should have this.

Topstitching: Measure in 3 1/4″ from the side and mark with an erasable marking tool. I used a Frixion pen.

You will do this from both edges.

Topstitch along the line.

Repeat for the remaining 9 1/2 x 3 1/2″ piece and remove the markings.

Making the Cube (Machine): Take one piece and align it so that the edges line up. (I’m folding it back so you can see.) The sides should both be approximately 1/4″ past the topstitching.

Align the other end of the top piece with the other edge of the bottom piece as shown.

Pin it in place. Imagine the two sides coming up to form the cube.

This part is a bit tricky, but just remember, IT’S A PINCUSHION! If there’s a pucker, it will be okay:) Align the corners. We will be stitching with a 1/4″ seam. I placed a pin perpendicular to the fabric approximately 1/4″ in from the two edges.

There is a seam on the other piece to align with. You should be 1/4″ from the edge.

Lower your stitch length. I normally stitch at 2.5 and I did this at 2.0.

Sew with a 1/4″ seam. Only sew one corner at a time. It’s easier to pin and stitch one corner at a time. Stitch with the seam side on top and you can stop with your needle down in the seam to turn the corner. This is an easy way to tell exactly where the corner should be.

Overlap the stitching a bit when you start the next corner. This will lock the stitches.

When you get to the final two corners, leave a 1 1/2″ opening on one edge.

Turn right side out. You will have this!

Making the Cube (Optional Hand Sewing): If you are more comfortable, hand stitching this piece together takes about the same amount of time as machine sewing it. You will use the same method to align your corners. First, you’ll want to mark a 1/4″ seam on the back of both your pieces. (This might help you on machine sewing as well, although I did not do it. I guesstimated.)

Align the corners in the same fashion. Hand stitch with small stitches staying on the marked lines on BOTH sides. Make sure to use small stitches.

Fill with crushed walnut shells (or a filling of your choosing!) and hand stitched closed. The more full, the better! Keep adding until you cannot add any more. You’re done!

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial

Cubed Pincushion DIY Tutorial


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