Sew Organized for the Busy Girl

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Deluxe Pincushion


From Sew Organized for the Busy Girl by Heidi Staples

Class Description
What does every busy girl need in her sewing room? A deluxe pincushion, of course!  This little project (p. 42) is perfect for beginners and experts alike, giving everyone the chance to walk away from your class with the satisfaction of a finished item. Class topics should cover basic piecing, quilting, and pillow construction. If time allows, you might even want to include a lesson in fabric auditions (p. 20-21) using prints available in your shop. This project makes a great gift, so it’s a wonderful class to hold any time a holiday is approaching!

Class Length
This class can last 2-3 hours depending on the skill level of your students.  

Class Supply List

  • Required text: Sew Organized for the Busy Girl
  • Fabric scraps for pocket patchwork
  • 1/4 yard fabric each for pincushion body and pocket
  • 1/8 yard batting for pocket
  • 3” long piece of twill tape for loop
  • Polyester stuffing for pincushion
  • Coordinating thread


TIP:  Save scraps and remnants from your cutting table to make ready-to-purchase kits for this class. If you like, make a deluxe kit that includes notions (clips, pins, and embroidery scissors) to go inside when the pincushion is finished.

Classroom Preparation
Students will each need a sewing machine. Provide cutting and pressing stations in the classroom for everyone to use.

Class Agenda

Follow the instructions on page 43 to demonstrate how to:

  1. 1.   Sew a nine-patch block.
  2. 2.   Sew and quilt the pocket.
  3. 3.   Add the side loop.
  4. 4.   Finish the pincushion.