A Cathedral Window Pincushion

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Ok, @sariditty on instagram requested a quick tutorial on how I make my cathedral window pincushions. I hope it’s helpful. ☺️

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First up are the materials. You’ll need (1) 10″ square of white, (2) 4-1/2″ squares. These will be the bottom and inside fabrics,(4) 2-1/2″ squares for the “windows”, a button, and of course fiberfill to stuff it.

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Using a ruler and pencil (don’t worry, you won’t see it) draw a line 1/2″ in on each side of the white 10″ square.

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Now is the point where a good steam iron makes all the difference. Press the edges of the square up to the line. Do this for all four sides.

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Now fold the square in half with the raw edges in and press. Fold in half one more time and press. When you open it should have four smaller squares visible. This is important for the next step 😉

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Now you’ll be folding all your outside points to the middle. This part always makes me feel like I’m back in Japanese class doing origami.The lines you ironed in the previous step help you not accidentally overlap the folds. Once you have all the corners folded in you do it all over again. You should now have a (roughly) 4-1/2″-5″ block.

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Open the first set of folds and insert one of the 4-1/2″ squares. Close the folds and secure them in place. I stitch a cross in the middle about 1/4″-1/2″ into each folded section. Just enough to make sure it doesn’t move.

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Ok this is where it starts getting fun. Arrange your 2-1/2″ squares how you want them to appear on the pincushion. Please note that only half of the square will remain (the half that hangs over will be cut away) so if you have directional prints or want to get a specific part of a print in the pincushion make sure it’s inside the white area 😉. Now, I know some people pin the windows, but me an pins are not good friends so I hold mine and fold it back by hand. For this step you take 1/4″ of the white fabric and fold it over the 2-1/2″ square making sure to cover the edges. Then stitch it in place. I use a 1/8″ seam allowance.

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Your pincushion should now look something like this. Next flip it over and trim the square down to 4-1/2″. NOTE: you can save the other half of the 2-1/2″ squares for another pincushion 😜 waste not!

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With right sides together stitch around the pincushion with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving a 2″ opening on one side of the pincushion for turning and stuffing. Make sure to back stitch at the beginning and send or you might rip out your stitches when turning! Clip the corners and then turn the pincushion right side out.

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Now stuff stuff stuff!

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For closing I like to use a ladder stitch since it blends in nester, but if you’re more comfortable with a whip stitch then by all means do that! Once you’ve closed up your pincushion just add a button and you’re finished! I hope this tutorial has been helpful.

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