Pincushion & Needle Book
Use your leftover pieces to create a sewing set that would be a perfect gift for a quilting friend.
• Scrap orange tonal • Assorted tan and light green
tonal scraps • 1 fat eighth cream tonal • 3"x 6" rectangle cream felt • 2(5" x 9") rectangles low-loft
batting • Thread to match fabrics • Brown size 12 or 16 pearl cotton • Scrap fusible web • Fiberfill stuffing • 1/2 yard 1/4"-wide cream ribbon • Basic sewing tools and supplies
From orange tonal: • Cut leaf pieces as per patterns. From tan & light green tonal scraps: • Cut a total of 16 (21/2") A squares. • Cut 2 (3" x 41/2") B rectangles from light
green tonal. From cream tonal: • Cut 1 (41/2" x 21") strip. Subcut into 2 (41/2" x 81/2")
COMPLETING THE PINCUSHION
1. Select, arrange and join eight A squares in two rows of four squares each to complete the 41/2" x 81/2" pincushion front as shown in Figure 1.
Place the pincushion front right side up on one 5"x 9" batting rectangle. Quilt as desired and trim layers even with pincushion front. 3. Prepare and fuse the large leaf on the pincushion front referring to the Placement Diagram. 4. Machine blanket-stitch in place using thread to match fabric. 5. Using brown pearl cotton, hand-stitch vein lines as marked on pattern. 6. Pin the pincushion front right sides together with a C rectangle; stitch all around, leaving a 3" opening on one side. 7. Trim corners and turn right side out. Press edges flat. 8. Insert fiberfill inside through the opening to medium fullness.
9. Turn opening edges to the inside and hand-stitch opening closed to complete the pincushion.
COMPLETING THE NEEDLE BOOK
1. Follow Completing the Pincushion instructions steps 1–5 using the small leaf shape to make the needle book top. 2. Press and sew a double 1/4" hem on one long side of each B rectangle. 3. With right sides facing up, baste the raw edges of a hemmed B rectangle on each end of the remaining C rectangle as shown in Figure 2.