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In-the-Hoop Pins & Petals Pincushion Stitch-Along

Welcome to the ITH Pins & Petals Pincushion Stitch-along! This project is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery. Stitch a pretty pillow-style pincushion featuring an appliqué flower and covered button.

Pincushions are always a useful item to have around, and this one has the added benefit of being cute. It stitches up quickly in the hoop, and the sweet appliquéd flower and accompanying stitched ring of leaves provides a cheery spring feel in your sewing space. Stuff it with fiber fill, wool roving, crushed walnut shells or thread scraps, then finish it off with a covered button to add dimension. We’ll take you through the process, step by step.

Read on for a step-by-step tutorial for making the In-the-Hoop Pins & Petals Pincushion!

Set Up to Stitch Along

First, download the design. It’s available free through April 2021, and from the Sew Daily Shop after expiration. Load the appropriate format onto your machine. Embroidery designs are available in embroidery formats: CSD, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, SEW, SHV, VIP, VP3 and XXX.

Materials

Collect the materials that you’ll need.

Try different types of stuffing for different effects

Besides the embroidery machine and a standard small hoop (4×4/100mmx100mm), you’ll need:

  • Two 5” squares of quilting cotton
  • 3” square of coordinating quilting cotton (appliqué)
  • Scrap of coordinating quilting cotton (covered button)
  • 5” square of batting
  • Fabric-like water-soluble stabilizer
  • Thread: bobbin & embroidery
  • Embroidery or painter’s tape
  • Appliqué scissors
  • Chopstick or turning tool
  • 5/8”-diameter covered button & covering kit
  • Polyester fiberfill or other stuffing
  • Hand-sewing needle

Preparation

  • Load the design onto the machine.
  • Wind a bobbin with a color that coordinates with the 5” squares. Set aside.
  • Thread the machine with embroidery thread and bobbin thread in the bobbin.

Stitching the Pincushion In the Hoop

Hoop a piece of water-soluble stabilizer. Place the hoop onto the machine and embroider step one to stitch the placement line.

Appliqué

Remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the stabilizer from the hoop. Center the batting over the placement line, making sure the line is fully covered. Center one 5” cotton square over the batting. Tape along the edges to secure.

Re-place the hoop onto the machine and embroider step two to tack down the batting and fabric.

Embroider step three to stitch the leaf motif in the desired color.

Embroider step four to stitch the appliqué placement line.

After stitching the appliqué placement line

Remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the project from the hoop.

Center the appliqué fabric right side up over the placement line, making sure the entire line is covered. Tape in place.

Re-place the hoop onto the machine and embroider step five to tack the fabric in place.

After tacking the fabric in place

Remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the project from the hoop. Using appliqué scissors, carefully trim the fabric as close to the stitching line outer edge as possible.

Trimming the appliqué fabric

Re-place the hoop onto the machine and embroider step six to stitch the satin stitch edge and the button placement stitch.

After stitching satin stitch and button placement

Remove the hoop from the machine, but don’t remove the project from the hoop. Center the remaining 5”square right side down over the project, aligning the edges. Tape in place.

Re-place the hoop onto the machine and embroider step seven to stitch the final perimeter.

After stitching the final perimeter

Now all the stitching on the machine is finished!

Finishing the Pincushion

Remove the hoop from the machine and the project from the hoop. Trim the stabilizer as close as possible to the stitching lines. Using a damp towel, dab the remaining stabilizer until it dissolves, or remove following the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow to dry.

Trim the edges, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. Clip the corners.

Clip the corners so they’re crisp right-side-out

Turn the pincushion right side out, poking out the corners with a chopstick or turning tool.

Stuff the pincushion, using fiberfill.

Close the opening using a handsewing needle and a slip stitch.

A covered button is the perfect finishing touch!

Cover a button with a quilting cotton scrap following the manufacturer’s instructions. Sew the button onto the pincushion at the placement marking, stitching all the way through to the underside and pulling tight so the button sinks into the center.


I hope you’ve enjoyed stitching the Pins & Petals Pincushion with me! I really love this little project — it’s cute, quick to make, and super useful.

Want more in-the-hoop machine embroidery? Create a step-by-step USB pouch in the hoop with the CME Winter 2020 stitch-along. Plus look for lots of fun in-the-hoop projects in the Sew Daily store.


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