Quilt-as-you-go pincushion tutorial


I have a reeeeeaaaaallly hard time throwing away scraps. My trash-it threshold is 3/4″ wide or smaller…anything else goes into a scrap bin. I have what I call my “pincushion” scrap bin. Here lies the most petite, eensiest, teensiest little bits of pretty fabric I just can’t part with. And ultimately – they all end up as quilt-as-you-go pincushions!

These super quick pincushions are my favorite fast project and usually end up finding their way to quilty friends. I have too many pretty pincushions sitting around…..said no one, ever.

So take a dive into your scraps with me, if you will:

Find your favorite tiny scraps – the ones I chose for this project were 1-1.25″ in width and 2-3″ in length. But there’s no rules! Did I mention that yet? No rules with this one.

Cut two small scraps of batting a touch larger than what you’d like your final size to be. This is not an exact project – just somewhere along the size of “bigger” will work just fine.


Lay your first two strips on the batting, right sides together, and sew them to the batting with a 1/4″ seam. Yep – straight to the batting, sewing right off the end of fabric.


Fold it over and press. If you’re using large scraps, you can skip the pressing until the end, but I find it helpful for the little guys to keep them flat.

Place your third strip on, right sides together, and sew it to the batting with a 1/4″ seam. Wash, rinse, and repeat until you have an entire row of pretty little strips. My pincushion will be long and narrow – but you do you. Give it good press to make sure everything lays flat. You can even sew a 1/8″ seam on both ends to tack down the last strips if you’d like.


For the back of the pincushion, quilt a large scrap of fabric to the other piece of batting – I just do a few quick lines and call it good.


If you want some stitching on the top of your pincushion, go ahead and add it now. Because the fabric is already invisibly secured to the batting it’s not necessary. I added  some simple lines to this one, but sometimes I don’t add any. Again – no rules. Practice a little FMQ if you’re feeling brave! Trim both the top and back to whatever size makes you happy. (My pieces trimmed to 2.5″ x 7″.)


Place them right sides together and sew 1/4″ around all sides, leaving a gap 1″-ish wide so you can turn the pincushion. Clip the corners and turn the pincushion right side out.

Give it quick press and fill with your stuffing of choice. (Crushed walnut shells are my go-to!) Hand stitch the opening closed, and you’re done!


Be careful, they can be addicting.

Happy sewing!



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