How to Use Small Fabric Scraps? Quilted Pincushion Tutorial

Do you ever wonder what to do with all those super cute fabric scraps that are left over from your sewing projects?
Well, here are a couple of pincushion ideas for you to sew up with the smallest fabric pieces.

several different pincushions

pincushion party
Now you might wonder how I get those fabric scraps color-coordinated, and how I will find them when I need them. Here’s a simple trick, I make it a habit to cut up the cutest scraps right away into 1.5″ squares and sort them by color into a simple acrylic organizer box.
That way, I have them handy when I need them for fabric stamps, hang tags or smaller sewing projects like these pincushions. Plus that box is really pretty to look at, don’t you think?

1 1/2

1 1/2″ squares sorted by color
I also cut up some Dresden plate pieces every once in a while and keep them in another box sorted the same way. I like making these tiny Dresden plates, just because they’re so super cute, and I can really make use of the smallest fabric pieces. For cutting Dresden plate pieces I use the Darlene Zimmerman Dresden Acrylic Ruler.

Darlene Zimmerman Dresden Ruler

Darlene Zimmerman Dresden Ruler
This awesome pincushion is also called Deluxe pincushion and is a super cute pattern from the book Sew organized for the Busy girl by Heidi Staples.
It’s a great pattern and a quick and easy make.
This is an absolutely perfect pattern for all kinds of fabric scraps.
You can use them color coordinated or by theme, make a little fairytale pincushion, or one with just flowers, a Christmas themed one or use very modern little scraps.
I’m sure you will find tons of inspiration when you go through you fabric.

9 patch pincushion with pocket

Deluxe pincushion with pocket
Mini Dresden plate pincushion:
finished size aprox 4″x 4″Fabrics/ materials needed:
– 12  1.5″ Dresden plate pieces
– 2 pieces of fabric 4.5″x 4.5″
– 1 basted 1″ hexie, paper taken out.
– 1 piece 4.5″x 4.5″ fusible interfacing
-a hand full of fiberfill, or your prefered pincushion stuffing materialSewing the pincushion:
1. Cut all the fabrics as mentioned above. Cut 12 1.5″ Dresden plate pieces. (photo 1)
2. Fold the Dresden plate pieces in half , lengwise , right sides together
and stitch along the top edge ( wider part of blade) with a 1/4″ seam allowance. (photo 2)
Chain piecing these blades makes this step super easy.
3. Cut off the corners (as shown in photo 3) at a 45° angle, this gives you nice, sharp points.
4. Turn each blade’s sewn end right sides out. It usually just takes a finger to create a sharp point as you make that turn, but if necessary use a pencil to push the point outward. Be careful not to push too hard or cut through the fabric. Then press these.

5. Sew the Dresden Plate blades together by aligning the side edges right sides together with a 1/4″ seam allowance from top to bottom, then press seam allowance open.
After sewing the full circle, press the entire Dresden plate.
Note: Most Dresden Plates are made with a 18° wedge ruler ( like the one I used), this means technically to form a full circle it would require 20 blades ( 18 x 20 = 360), but I use only 12 for this pincushion. Otherwise the full Dresden Plate would be too big and wouldn’t fit on a small 4.5″ square. The Dresden plate is so small, that it works just fine after pressing the full circle with 12 blades . And there will be a hexie placed on top anyways.
Or you could  us a 30° wedge ruler ( 30 x 12 = 360)
6. Stitch the Dresden plate onto one of the 4.5″ x 4.5″ pieces of fabric. Mark a cross in the center of the square to make placing  the Dresden plate easier.
 7. Place basted hexie ( paper taken out! ) on top and stitch in place.
8. Iron on fusible interfacing and place back 4.5″x 4.5″ piece of fabric on top, right sides together and stitch around along the raw edges leaving a 2″ opening for turning the pincushion.
Cut the corners at a 45° angle, this gives you nice and sharp corners after turning.
9. Turn your pincushion right side out, and fill the pincushion with fiberfill or your preferred pincushion stuffing material. Press the opening under 1/4″ and stitch closed by hand.
The cutest little pincushions made entirely from fabric scraps, are all done …..
Aren’t they just darling?


Have lots of fun sewing up all your fabric scraps.

Ingrid x

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