Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tiny Cottage Pincushion Tutorial.....

Here is an easy little pincushion for you or for a friend....

I have made several little cottage cushions....some with embroidered flowers and some using felt as flowers....any way you decorate your cottage - it always looks sweet :)

First print out this pattern...I have given measurements so you can check and adjust your printer appropriately....

I cut a strip of fabric for the roof about 4" X 11" and a strip of fabric for the body of the house 4.5" X 11" 

Sew the two strips together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance....

Then fold this sewn piece in half width-wise {roof on top and body on bottom}.  Place your pattern on the fabric so the drawn seam line hits the sewn seam line on your fabric piece.....trace around the pattern with a pencil....

The drawn line will be your sewing line....NOT THE CUTTING LINE....reduce your stitch length and stitch on the drawn line leaving the entire bottom open for now. 

Trim around the stitched line leaving about 1/4 inch beyond the stitched line....
and turn the cottage inside out....

The bottom is open so I had easy access to add a door, windows and flowers - placing them where I is your happy house!!!

If you notice on the pattern I have a dotted line just below the door running across the width of the aware of this line while adding your embellishments...this line will be the bottom of the pincushion.

Once you have finished the embroidery and decorating :)  you will need to add gussets to add depth to your pincushion - this will allow it to stand....
Turn the pincushion inside out again so the wrong side is on the outside....with your sewing machine stitches still reduced, stitch from the opening space to the side you previously stitched and then stitch the other side of the opening space to the side of the house where you previously you should just have the opening space open....Are You Still With Me?

To make the gusset, measure up from the bottom 1 1/2 inches....mark on both the side seam and the bottom seam... this will create a triangle at the bottom....extend the 1 1/2 inch line across this triangle....and stitch on this line.  Do the same on the other side of the pincushion....

Once you have stitched across to create the gusset....trim the excess.... and now the bottom should look like this...

Then gently turn the cottage right side out and stuff firm....slip stitch the opening closed....and there you have it!  A cute little pincushion cottage!!!

***note*** if you would may add a quarter inch seam allowance to the pattern and follow your quarter inch foot for your seam.  This way you could add doors and windows before you have stitched.  For me it is easier to get a nice curve when I have a line to stitch on rather than a seam allowance.  Either way should work out fine :)

And here is a happy cottage using felt for the flowers!!!

Have fun....


  1. What an adorable pin cushion. I'm definitely going to make one!

  2. what a wonderful cute pincushion!!

  3. I think I have to run upstairs and make one of these right now!!
    C U T E!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Oh my goodness. That is cute! Thanks so much for showing us how! :o)

  5. Is this going to be another class? Such a sweet little cottage - I wonder who lives in a place like this?

  6. Oh, so cute....thank you for the pattern and tutorial : )

  7. Fantastic tutorial. Must make one soon!!

  8. Es precioso!!! muchas gracias por el tutorial.

  9. Your little houses look like fun to make as well as being so adorable!! I have to make a pin cushion for a gift and just when I decide on an idea I get get tempted by another. Thanks so much for taking the time to write a tutorial!!

  10. It's funky and adorably cute at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing, Ilove it.

  11. Thank you for the pattern! I collect pin cushions and just love this one so I hope to get one made. Adorable!

  12. They are adorable!!
    I´m making little houses since some years (filled with lavender)... never thought about sewing gussets, so they can stand and be used as a pincushion ... a great idea!! Thank you :)

  13. Very cute, once I saw your little house I had to stop what I was doing and make one.

  14. Thanks for posting the tutorial. I've loved this little pin cushion from the first time you posted it! It's absolutely darling!!!

  15. A friend sent me to this post. This is absolutely adorable!

  16. I've finally made one - although it's little and dumpy as I adapted to fit some scraps!

  17. Hello,

    This is adorable! I shared it this week at my Thanksgiving 30 Days of Gifts. You can see it here... :)