Log Cabin Pincushion

I have quite a few projects in the works right now, as you know! I still finishing up a quilt and a sweater, and just cut the fabric for a new sorbetto top the other day. Does this keep me from starting another project? No way.

After seeing this post on Red Pepper Quilts, I  was hooked. I wanted to make a little patchwork pincushion right away. And when inspiration strikes, you just have to go with it. 🙂

Here it is!

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This took only a few hours to make and was so much fun! I love how bold and colorful it is, and in such a little package too.

It’s simply a log cabin quilt block folded in on itself and sewn together. First, I chose a few fabrics from my scrap bin and then fussy-cut the center square. The print has a square pattern, so it was super easy to cut into a perfect square—I just followed the dotted lines!

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Then, I cut the rest of the scraps into 2″ strips and sewed then onto the center square, generally following this tutorial.

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I then squared up the entire blog to make it as straight as possible. It’s certainly not perfect, but close enough. This quilting project is so fun and uses scraps beautifully.

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I ironed on some fusible fleece to the back, just to give the block some more stability and weight. Once I cut off the excess fleece, I sewed the four edges together, leaving an opening in the last side.

photo (46)It kind of looks like a wonton, right?

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Here it is flipped out to the right side.

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And here’s the back. I think it’s super cute on this side too. After stuffing the entire pouch, I sewed up the opening with a blind stitch.

photo (43)I thought I was finished here, but I kept thinking that it needed something more.

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After a few minutes of staring at it, I sorted through my buttons and found the perfect bright blue one. Ta da!

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It’s a great little addition to my sewing table. I haven’t quite decided how I’ll use it—maybe for right near me at the machine or maybe a special spot for my hand stitching needles?

Either way, it was a super quick and fun project! I keep thinking that this technique would make an awesome pillow, you would just have to enlarge the dimensions.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Log Cabin Pincushion

  1. Very clever. I love it. Nice quickie gift to make for others who love crafting. I have a bunch of pincushions set aside in ziplock bags waiting for my upcoming trip in March. I will be doing a Hawaiian Applique quilt motiff. Upon return home, I will assemble them, fill them, and I should have at least a dozen ready to give away. Will share on my blog once, I’m done. If you are curious as to what the Hawaiian Applique motiff, I have a pineapple pattern posted on an earlier blog.

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I will definitely check out your Hawaiian applique motif. I haven’t made many pincushions, but I can see now why people say they’re addicting. Have a great trip in March!

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