Woolly Pump­kin Pin­cush­ion

Ev­ery quil­ter needs at least one large pin­cush­ion. This is a great project for those days when you only have an hour or two free.

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• Wool, wool felt or a com­bi­na­tion of both: 2 (61/2") squares tan 4"x 6" scrap rusty or­ange Scrap green • 2 (61/2") squares lin­ing fab­ric • 61/2" square bat­ting • Thread • Green and rusty or­ange

em­broi­dery floss • 2–21/4 cups ground wal­nut shells

or polyester fiber­fill • Small piece of freezer paper or

6" square fusible web • Ba­sic sewing tools and sup­plies


The stitched sam­ple uses wool for the back­ground, and the leaf and stem ap­pliqués. The pump­kin was cut from a piece of wool felt that was moist­ened and then dried in the dryer to shrink it and give it a vin­tage tex­ture.


1. If us­ing freezer paper, trace the in­di­vid­ual mo­tif shapes onto the dull side of the freezer paper us­ing the full-size pat­tern given. Cut out shapes leav­ing a mar­gin around each one. 2. Iron the traced shapes onto the wrong side of the wool for about 3 sec­onds. 3. Cut through both the fab­ric and paper on the traced lines. Re­move the freezer paper. 4. If us­ing fusible web, trace the in­di­vid­ual mo­tif shapes onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out shapes, leav­ing a mar­gin around each one. 5. Iron the paper shapes onto the wrong side of the wool pieces. Af­ter check­ing to make sure the ad­he­sive has melted onto the wool, cut out shapes on traced lines. Re­move paper back­ing. 6. Baste the bat­ting square to the wrong side of one tan square. 7. Cen­ter the pump­kin mo­tif pieces (from ei­ther method) on basted fab­ric square us­ing the pat­tern as a guide for place­ment. Pin or baste in place; do not press or fuse. 8. Hand-stitch pieces in place us­ing 1 strand of em­broi­dery floss to match fab­rics and a small over­hand stitch as shown in Fig­ure 1. 9. Thread nee­dle with 2 strands of green em­broi­dery floss and stitch a curly vine us­ing a run­ning stitch and re­fer­ring to the pat­tern given to com­plete the appliquéd top.


1. Pin the appliquéd top right sides to­gether with the re­main­ing tan square and pin to the two lin­ing squares. Sew all around us­ing a 1/4" seam al­lowance, leav­ing a 3" open­ing on the bot­tom edge as shown in Fig­ure 2. 2. Trim cor­ners and turn right side out through the open­ing with the lin­ing pieces in the mid­dle be­tween the two outer lay­ers. 3. Fill the pin­cush­ion lin­ing with the ground wal­nut shells or fiber­fill to the de­sired full­ness. Note: Us­ing a small fun­nel when pour­ing the shells is help­ful.

I sew … a lot! So I tend to dec­o­rate my home with sewing mo­tifs, from vin­tage tools and books to bas­kets of hand­work ready to grab when I have a mo­ment. Hav­ing fun and sea­sonal pin­cush­ions around my home is both handy and dec­o­ra­tive.” —Chris Malone

4. Turn the open­ing edges of the lin­ing to the in­side and hand-stitch the open­ing closed.

5. Fold in the seam al­lowance on the open­ing of the outer lay­ers to the in­side. Hand-stitch this open­ing closed to fin­ish.

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