Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Love your English Paper Piecing Travel Kit? Enhance your on-the-go quilting experience with a handy little pincushion designed specifically to snap onto the pocket of my popular hexie-inspired pouch!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

See? Perfect fit!

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Supplies:
* English Paper Piecing Travel Kit (You can find the tutorial here.)
* English Paper Piecing 1/2" Hexagon Template PDF, printed on cardstock at actual size (full scale)
* Cotton fabric scraps or fat quarters, two contrasting prints or colors
* Hand quilting thread, a color that will blend in with your fabrics
* ¾" magnetic snap
* Glue stick
* Wool roving
* Pearl cotton embroidery thread

Tools:
* Fabric scissors
* Hand quilting needle
* Small crochet hook
* Paper scissors
* Clover Wonder Clips or straight pins
* Fabric pen

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 1
Print the English Paper Piecing 1/2" Hexagon Template PDF at full scale on cardstock, then carefully cut out the individual hexagon shapes.

Next, construct two hexagon flower blocks by following Part 1 and Part 2 of my English Paper Piecing Tutorial Series.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 2
Use a small crochet hook to remove the paper templates from the two hexagon flower blocks.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 3
Select one hexagon flower block, then use the back of the snap to mark the snap position on the right side of the fabric in the middle of the center hexagon.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 4
Using fabric scissors, carefully snip through the marks you made in step 3, then press the front of the snap through the right side of the fabric and into place.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 5
Turn the block over, then secure the back of the snap in position by pressing the tabs from the front of the snap open.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 6
Stack the two flower blocks on top of each other with wrong sides together, taking care to line up the edges of each petal.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 7
Join the two blocks together by whipstitching around the outside edge, pausing briefly to stuff the pincushion when about two petals remain.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 8
Stuff the pincushion with wool roving.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 9
Finish whipstitching around the edge, closing the rest of the opening.

Your pincushion should now resemble a small flower-shaped pillow with a snap on the back.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Step 10
To finish, add some tie quilting at each of the six points on the center hexagon.

To do this, use pearl cotton embroidery thread to sew a small u-shaped stitch down into the top piece of the pincushion, out through bottom bottom piece, and then back up again. After each stitch, secure the quilting in place by tying a tight knot on top of the pincushion with the ends of the thread.

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Your pincushion is now ready to be used with your English Paper Piecing Travel Kit!

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

Tutorial: Pincushion for English Paper Piecing Travel Kit | The Zen of Making

When you’re stitching on the go, use the male side of the snap on the back of the pincushion to attach it to the female side of the snap on the pocket of the travel kit. Then, when you’re done sewing, simply unsnap the pincusion and store it inside the kit until the next time you need it.

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4 comments

  1. Linda says:

    Thanks for sharing the tutorial, pattern and techniques. In the list of materials was a crochet hook, I wondered why but discovered it was ingenious way to remove the template.

  2. msdixiecanton says:

    Great instructions! The best I have seen! Now where can I find directions to make a small quilt? Do I use three layers? Do I baste them together? Do I hand quilt around the Hexies? Do I press the Hexies before I remove the templets? Would appreciate any help. Thank you.

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