Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY Quilted Pincushion with Wood Base

quilted pincushion with wood base

This is one project I've been thinking about for a long time and finally put myself to the task while feeling quite under the weather this week to do much of anything else.  How to make a quilted pincushion with a wood base.

Raid your fabric scraps to make the cutest pincushion and then I'll show you how to attach it to a solid 4x4 wood base for stability and weight.  Anytime you can combine fabric and wood in a project is a win / win in my book!

diy quilted pincushion

The finished size on the squares is 3/4" but the whole pincushion measures about 4" square and just over 2" tall.

quilted pincushion with wood base

I posted these in my etsy shop here but I show you how to make your own down below.

How to make a pincushion with wood base:

1 1/2" fabric strips

Step 1: Cut fabric strips at 1 1/4" wide (for a 3/4" finished square).  Sew 7 strips together using 1/4" seam allowance.  Vary the fabrics and make lots of 7 strip sections.

1 1/2" fabric strips in rows

Step 2: Cut the strips into 1 1/4" wide sections then lay out 7 sections carefully positioning fabrics so no two alike are next to each other.  Sew the 7 sections together then press.

classic quilt sandwich

Step 3: Make a quilt sandwich: white cotton backing, quilt batting then the top.  Pin together then quilt on the diagonal as pictured below:

quilted mini patchwork tops

Step 4: Trim edges flush and loose strings.

1/4" plywood squares

Step 5: (NOT PICTURED: Cut 4x4 wood post into 1" pieces then sand and stain.)
Also cut 1/4" plywood scraps into 3 1/2" squares and sand edges smooth.

quilted pincushion with stuffing

Step 6: Place quilted fabric face down then a large pile of fiberfil and on top the 1/4" plywood.

diy quilted pincushion

Step 7: Begin attaching quilted piece to plywood using a staple gun (I used 5/16" staples - worked like a charm).  Don't worry too much about fiberfil at the moment, you can add more before you close up the last side.

diy quilted pincushion

Step 8: Then attach the other two sides and it should look like above.

trim edges

Step 9: Snip off the excess at the corners then tuck one side in and pull the other side over.  Make sure the ends match for a nice appearance.

quilted pincushion top

Above is a better view of the corners tucked in and pulled over taught.

quilted pincushion assembly

Step 10: Predrill 5 countersunk holes into the stained 4x4 wood base and apply glue to bottom of pincushion.

quilted pincushion wood base

Step 11: Using 1 1/4" wood screws press down firmly and attach pincushion piece to wood base in all 5 spots.

My girls are taking a sewing class currently (because I don't have the patience!) and I'm definitely planning to make one of these for their teacher as a thank you gift.
quilted pincushion wood base

1 comment:

  1. These are beautiful. Such a clever idea and so easy to do. Thank you for sharing.