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Beautiful Winter Pincushion Pattern

by | Jan 29, 2021

The January pincushion pattern in our “Year Of Pincushions” is available and ready for you to make your own adorable winter pincushion! 

The pattern is available in the shop as a PDF download so you can get started right away!

pincushion quilt pattern

The top of the pincushion is 5×5 inches with an adorable hexie snowflake. The side panels are 2 inches tall and feature an adorable winter landscape with little cottages and trees that continue around all 4 sides. 

Fabric for the Pincushion

We used a gray/blue Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts) fabric for the background, a little grungy white for the snow, and then we used a variety of civil war reproduction scraps for the trees and houses. 

However, there are so many choices that would have been cute on this pincushion…check out Jasmine’s beautiful Tilda pastel version on her blog, Linen Bouquet.

Pincushion Techniques

We are starting out the year with a little applique and a little English Paper Piecing. The snowflake was pieced as a traditional EPP and appliqued the entire snowflake onto the background. 

For the pincushion quilt side panels, we appliqued the snowy ground, as well as the trees and houses. We chose to do needle turn hand-applique but you could certainly do machine applique. Another idea is to use wool or felt for a cute raw edge hand applique look. There are many options. 

We added windows and a little chimney with smoke using 2 strands of DMC embroidery floss and simple satin and straight stitches. 

January Pincushion

Pincushion Assembly

Once the snowflake is attached to the pincushion top and the side panels are appliqued, it is time to sew together the pincushion. Again, you can choose to do this by hand or machine. I chose to work by hand because it gives more control over the assembly than machine sewing would (because of the inset seams required).

I simply turned the panels’ right side together and whip-stitched the panels as if it was EPP I was doing. It turned out remarkably precise. It was actually a little surprising how easily the pincushion came together. I was expecting it to be a bit more fiddly. 

pincushion template

What is Included with the Pincushion Pattern?

The January quilted pincushion pattern comes with detailed instructions for creating the top and side panels, as well as for assembling the pincushion. 

Here’s the inclusion in the pattern:

  1. Detailed written instructions for creating the pincushion top and side panels.
  2. Hexagon templates to cut out and English Paper Piece the snowflake.
  3. Full-size placement diagrams of the pincushion top
  4. Full-size placement diagrams of the pincushion size panels.
  5. Full-size applique cutting templates for the landscape on the side panels. 
  6. Detailed written instructions for assembling the pincushion quilt pattern. 

To get your January Pincushion Pattern and join us for “A Year Of Pincushions”, visit our shop and get your downloadable pincushion quilt pattern today! We love to see what you make, so if you are so inclined, post your work in progress or your finished quilted pincushion to Instagram and use the hashtag #yearofpincushions. 


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