Patchwork Pincushions Are Quick To Stitch They’re Addictive

Sew A Mini Quilt Block, Turn and Stuff

These playful pinnies are so simple and easy to create that you won’t make just one. If you have tons of scraps put colors and prints together to make your favorite quilt block. Make a Swoon, Bear Paw, or Maple Leaf, or cheery houses.


They can be totally from scraps, even use bits off the end of jellyroll strips! It’s amazing how many you can get from a charm pack! Machine quilt top stitching with embroidery thread, embellish with pins, a button adds to the cuteness. If you’ve never thought to quilt a pin cushion before, choose thread to make the fabric and design pop. Or if you love the addition of hand quilting small projects, these are just darling.

pin pals pin cushion with bird button

Berry Craft
Finish these pinnies in a flash. To pair with another project use left over fabric. Beginners can start right away. Even if seam allowances are a little wonky, or points aren’t nearly perfect, the pincushion is so cute, it adds homemade charm. If you like the feel of a weighted pin cushion, fill with crushed walnut shells generally available from any pet store. Alternatively, stuffing with polyfil fills them out, and they’re just as ‘pin-able’.

swoon block pin cushion pin pals

Long saved tiny pieces make perfect tiny blocks. Most of the time spent is sorting through scraps to find favorites. Then sewing together is just a delight as the blocks come together! The churndash is easy, or make a baby swoon. Finishes to just under 3”.

Churndash pin cushion handquilting Pin Pals

To make a long pinnie try this triplet churndash, made with three blocks. This is ‘Like Butter’, a churndash, only it’s times three. This “Big Butter” measures 3” x 9”. The text print is part of Lella Boutique’s fabric line, Lollipop Garden.

long pin cushion Churndash Pin Pals Like Butter

Just Carrie In Texas
For the back, a cute text print easy with some Heat ‘n Bond

Like Butter Churndash Block Pin Pals Long pin Back

Strips using Bonnie and Camille’s ‘Wovens’

Bonnie and Camilles Wovens Pinnie Pin Pals

A super cute Bear Paw, made up using 1/2″ finished triangles, taking longer to cut than piece. Fussy cut favorites. That kitty face was a happy accident, as well as the star!

bear paw quilt block pin cushion pin pals

You know it’s additive when you start making pincushions to match your quilts! Carrie says ‘it’s worse. than. potato. chips!’

pin pals mini quilt block pin cushion 30s prints

My Wandering Path
A wonderful gift for friends, however doing one as a companion for every project. You won’t stop at one!

pin pals ohio star quilt like a boss pin button

pin pals Carrie nelson


Adorable mini fruits, sweet birds and holiday motifs,

Certifiable pin pals pin cushion swoon block

Susies Sun Room

Carrie Nelsons book ‘Pin Pals’ is packed with 40 pincushion projects with variations that use basic techniques. Lots of hints and tips are included along the way, as well as pincushion basics. Many of the patterns could be used for mini quilts as well. The book, just out, is available for purchase.


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