Free Project: Kaleidoscope Pincushion

Free Project: Kaleidoscope Pincushion

Posted by Deirdre Quirk on Apr 6th 2017

Please enjoy this fun, free project from Make Pincushions! This project is by Jeni Baker. 


Most sewists can never have enough pincushions, even with five or six at the ready. For Kaleidoscope Pincushion, a Nine-Patch block was altered to become something fresh and different.

Materials and Supplies

SOLID FABRIC SCRAPS: 18 squares 2˝ × 2˝




All seam allowances are 1/4˝.

1. Arrange and sew the squares into 2 Nine-Patch blocks. Press the seams open.

2. Sew the Nine-Patch blocks, right sides together, on all 4 sides.

3. Cut the blocks diagonally twice.

4. Open the pieces and press the seams open.

5. Arrangeand sew 2 rows of 2 pieced squares each.Join the rows. Press the seams open.

6. Layer the pieced pincushion top with the 6˝ × 6˝ backing, right sides together. Trim any excess backing. Sew around all 4 sides, leaving a 1˝ opening along a side.

7. Turn right side out, clipping the corners and poking them out with a dull pencil. Stuff the pincushion as desired, and hand stitch the opening closed.

TIP: You don’t have to use fiberfill to stuff your pincushions. Try sand, ground walnut shells, or emery powder to help keep your pins sharp and ready for your next project!

JENI BAKER loves to find ways to be creative every day,whether through photography, sewing, or quilting. Recently she entered the world of fabric design as a licensed designer for Art Gallery Fabrics. She also writes and publishes sewing and quilting patterns.