I love pin cushions! I have little ones scattered all over my sewing room so I always have fine patchwork pins within easy reach while I’m working on a quilt.
In this post, I’m going to show you how to create a fun little improv pin cushion using scraps from the Fierce Protean mini quilt.
Gather up your supplies
You will need fabric scraps, crushed walnut shells, and a small piece of fiberfill.
Make the Improv Top
- Cut small 1-inch to 2-inch pieces from your scraps. These pieces can be any shape.
- Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance and start sewing pieces right-side together. They do not need to fit exactly.
- Press seams.
- Continue sewing pieces along raw edges until you have either a square or rectangular shape big enough for a pin cushion. I like to keep my pin cushions small, but you can make yours as big as you want.
Square It Up and Quilt It
- Square up your improv piece. My example is about 4 x 3 inches.
- Cut a piece of fabric the same dimension as your improv top. I like to use this second piece of fabric as a stabilizer to give the pin cushion top a bit more substance.
- Layer the improv top over the piece from step 6 and quilt. In my example, I did some basic straight-stitch quilting.
Sew It Together
- Cut another piece of fabric the same size as your quilted improv piece for your pin cushion bottom.
- Place the pin cushion top and bottom right-sides together and sew using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave an opening for turning.
- Clip the corners carefully to reduce bulk.
- Turn the pin cushion so the right-sides are out.
- Fill with crushed walnut shells, about 3/4 of the way to the top.
- Place a small piece of fiberfill into the opening so that the walnut shells do not escape!
- Hand stitch the opening closed.
Enjoy your new improv pin cushion!