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Strawberry Pincushion


Designer: Alison Gamm

Fabric: North Woods collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics


Go strawberry picking this summer! This easy pincushion is scrumptious and perfect for seasonal sewing.


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







  • 2 -- 5-1/2" squares of cream fabric
  • 1 -- 3" square of red fabric (strawberry)
  • 1 -- 2" square of green fabric (strawberry stem)
  • 1 --2-1/2" square of lightweight fusible web (strawberry)
  • 1 --1-1/2"square of lightweight fusible web (strawberry stem)
  • Pencil
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Strawberry template (get the pattern below)

Finished pincushion: 5" square


strawberry pattern


Prepare Strawberry Appliqué:


The strawberry 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 2-1/2" square fusible web, paper side up, over strawberry pattern. Use a pencil or pen to trace the strawberry pattern. Then, lay the 1-1/2" square fusible web, paper side up, over strawberry stem pattern, tracing as before.





2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press the fusible web strawberry shape onto 3" square red fabric and the fusible web strawberry stem shape onto 2" square green fabric.



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













Appliqué the Pincushion:



1. Peel off the paper backing of strawberry shape.



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



3. Using a blanket-stitch on your machine sew aroundstrawberry shape with matching thread. For more information on using a blanket-stitch, see the video below.


4. Repeat steps 1-3 with the strawberry stem shape.










Assemble the Pincushion:



1. Layer appliquéd square and remaining cream 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.