In my scrap box, I had two pieces of blue spotted fabric, slightly bigger than 6½ x 2 inches, with fusible polyester wadding ironed on the back. They were leftovers from my knitting bag – a result of a miscalculation. Because of the wadding, they could not be used in future scrap quilts, so I decided to whip up a pincushion using the two scraps as the sides, which I combined with what I could find in my scrap box.
If you would like to make your own, you can download my PDF template. It only needs a few scraps.
It was all done in a morning, including drawing the pattern, which was inspired by a Dear Jane block that is very easy to piece using foundation paper. It looks far more complicated than it really is. You just start from the centre and work your way out, sewing opposite triangles in pairs. I have added numbers to one of the blocks on my PDF template to help.
If I had not already had some fusible wadding stuck to the side pieces, I would have added a layer of interfacing to the sides. I think the top and bottom did not need strengthening as the many seam allowances give the pieces rigidity. I considered adding a button to the centre of the top and bottom, but changed my mind at the last minute.
The only thing to watch while assembling the pincushion is to stop sewing and back-stitch at the corners; do not sew into the seam allowances. If you make the sides from one continuous strip, you will also need to clip the seam allowances at the corners.
If you make one and have a Flickr account, I would love to see a photo in the Granny Maud’s Girl stuff Flickr group.