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Shamrock Pincushion


Designer: Alison Gamm

Fabric: Just a Speck by Jen Kingwell for Moda Fabrics


Just like a four-leaf clover, this pincushion is lucky to have! It holds pins in place for any project under the rainbow.


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






  • 2 -- 5-1/2" squares of green print fabric
  • 1 -- 4" square of green crafts felt
  • 1 -- 4" square lightweight fusible web
  • Pencil
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Shamrock template (get the pattern below)

Finished pincushion: 5" square


shamrock pattern




Prepare Shamrock Appliqué:


The shamrock 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 shamrock pattern. Use a pencil or pen to trace the shamrock pattern.




2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press the fusible web shamrock shape onto 4" square green crafts felt.



3. Let cool, then cut out fabric shape on drawn line.







Appliqué the Pincushion:



1. Peel off the paper backing of shamrock shape.



2. Arrange shamrock shape on one green print 5-1/2" square. Fuse shamrock appliqué in place following the manufacturer’s directions; let cool.



3. Using a blanket-stitch on your machine sew around shamrock shape with matching or contrasting thread (we used green). For more information on using a blanket-stitch, see the video below.






Assemble the Pincushion:



1. Layer appliquéd square and remaining green 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.