HowToSew.com Badge

Welcome!

At HowToSew.com you’ll learn how to start (and finish) basic sewing projects. Check out our free sewing patterns and tips for sewing, and get started!

Rain Shower Pincushion

 

Designer: Alison Gamm

Fabric: Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

 


Need a rainy day project? This rain cloud pincushion is a fun project to start (and finish) next time you're trapped indoors!

 


(This is the fourth in a series of monthly pincushions. Check back each month for another fun design!)

 

 

 

Materials:

 

 

  • 2 -- 5-1/2" squares of teal fabric
  • 1 -- 5" square of light blue fabric
  • 1 -- 3" square of dark blue fabric
  • 1 -- 4x5" rectangle of lightweight fusible web
  • Pencil
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Cloud and raindrop template (get the pattern below)


Finished pincushion: 5" square

 

cloud and raindrop pattern

 

 

 

Prepare Cloud and Raindrop Appliqué:

 

The cloud and raindrop pattern is in the downloadable PDF above. For a detailed guide for using fusible web with pattern shapes, see our blog here or watch the video below.

 

 

 

1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over cloud and raindrop pattern. Use a pencil or pen to trace the patterns, leaving 1/2" between cloud and raindrop patterns. 

 

 

 

 


2. Cut apart the fusible web cloud shape and the raindrops. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press the fusible web cloud shape onto 5" square light blue fabric and the fusible web raindrop shapes onto 3" square dark blue fabric.

 

 

3. Let cool, then cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Appliqué the Pincushion:

 

 

1. Peel off the paper backing of cloud and raindrop shapes.

 

 

2. Arrange cloud and raindrop shapes on one teal 5-1/2" square. Fuse appliqués in place following the manufacturer’s directions; let cool.

 

 

3. Using a blanket-stitch on your machine sew around cloud and raindrop shapes with matching or contrasting thread (we used blue). For more information on using a blanket-stitch, see the video below.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


Assemble the Pincushion:

 

 

1. Layer appliquéd square and remaining teal print 5-1/2" square with right sides together; pin.

 

 

 


2. Beginning in the middle of one edge, sew together pieces with a 1/4" seam. Pivot at each corner. Leave a 1-1/2" opening for turning along one edge.

 

 

3. Turn right side out. Use the eraser end of a pencil to push out corners; press. Use a pencil to gently push small tufts of fiberfill through the 1-1/2" opening. Using a needle and thread to match fabric, hand-sew opening closed to complete heart pincushion. See how to sew the opening closed here.

Tags: