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Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial

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Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Noodlehead

I’m sharing a tutorial for the pincushions I featured a few weeks ago. My inspiration came from a classic quilt design, the Wagon Wheel and by the quilt pattern in Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial and make a few for you and your friends!

Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Noodlehead

Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Noodlehead

Materials:

From scraps, cut:

  • (1) 1 1/4″ square
  • (4) 1 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles
  • (4) 2 1/2″ squares
  • (1) 2″ tall x 13″ wide band
  • (1) circle for bottom using template (not pictured below)

Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham

1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted.

Instructions:

  1. Fold band in half widthwise right sides together. Sew. Press seam open.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  2. Mark band into quarters by first aligning seam and marking opposite folded edge within seam allowance on both top and bottom edges. Then open band and align previous markings and mark folded edges as before.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  3. Sew patchwork top together, sewing right sides together into rows. Press seams open.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  4. Sew rows together matching seams. Press seams open.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  5. Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna GrahamTrim patchwork top to a circle by using template. Use markings as a guide to align to patchwork strips.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  6. With right sides together, pin band to patchwork top aligning quarter markings. Add additional pins between quarter markings if desired. Sew around perimeter with band facing up.pincushion10 Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  7. Mark bottom piece into quarters by folding in half and marking at fold line. Open and refold in half the opposite direction aligning markings and mark at fold line.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  8. Repeat Step 4 to attach bottom piece.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  9. With a seam ripper, carefully open up seam in band. You’ll need to open the seam almost to the seam of the top and bottom circles.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  10. Turn pincushion right side out.
  11. Stuff with polyester stuffing (or combination filling of your choice – rice/beans/crush walnut shells add nice weight).Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  12. Sew opening in band closed by hand using a ladder stitch.Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna GrahamWagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Anna Graham
  13. Press entire top and bottom of pincushion and shape pincushion by placing under a book overnight for a nice even pincushion.

Fabrics: Rain Walk (by me!), Curiosities by Jeni Baker,
Cotton + Steel Basics, Carolyn Friedlander (Architextures and Doe)

You can find Rain Walk at these fine shops!


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Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial by Noodlehead

Enjoy!

14 thoughts on “Wagon Wheel Pincushion Tutorial

  1. Patti Krueger says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I wanted to make this pincushion but didn’t want to take the time to figure it out. I love it!

  2. Verena says:

    They are so cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  3. Elaine says:

    Thank you for posting a tutorial – so many of us were hoping that you would!

  4. Fiona Hrvey says:

    Great, thank you I think I will make one today

  5. Sònia says:

    thanks Anna, you’re the sun!!!

  6. Julie says:

    Gorgeous pin cushion and gorgeous fabrics :)

  7. Jade says:

    Those are so adorable!!

  8. Adorable! Thanks for sharing and for such wonderful directions!!

  9. mauri says:

    Looking at these cute little guys makes me want to make a big one, like a big poof for sitting on… I know it’s for pins, but it looks like it would be super comfy to sit on (if it were larger, of course!!)
    As usual, your amazing.

  10. kristin says:

    Ah such a cute design! I love it! Oh and Mauri’s comment – YES! Giant one for the house!!

  11. Celina Amezcua says:

    Where did you get the marking chalk pen?came

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Celina,
      It’s actually a water-soluble pen I picked up at my local quilt shop. Couldn’t live without it! :)

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