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House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Free project instructions to make an in-the-hoop pincushion house.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop


Add an adorable look to your sewing or crafts room with an in-the-hoop house pincushion. It's wonderful for keeping pins and needles close to hand while working on your embroidery projects.

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard quilter's cotton for house walls (use ultrasuede or felt for gingerbread house)
- 1/8 yard quilter's cotton for roof (use ultrasuede or felt for gingerbread house)
- Tearaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold's KK100)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Needle and thread for hand sewing or fabric glue

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13131, House Pincushion (In-the-Hoop)


Finished Sizes:
Large: 2 1/4" tall x 2 1/4" wide x 2 1/4" deep
Medium: 1 3/4" tall x 1 3/4" wide x 1 3/4" deep
Small: 1 3/8" tall x 1 3/8" wide x 1 3/8" deep

Special Note:
For the gingerbread version of the house pincushion, use a sturdier fabric such as ultrasuede or felt for best results. This will prevent the fabric from being pushed out of th place by the embroidered candy details.



Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Each pincushion design has four files.

Two are the embroidery files and the other two are dieline files. The dieline files are marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open the dieline files with embroidery software, and print them.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

First prepare the fabric piece for the walls of the house.

Cut around the first paper dieline (labeled with an "a"), and spray the back of it with temporary spray adhesive.

Smooth it onto the quilter's cotton.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Cut out the shape, and repeat these steps for the roof.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer.

Madeira E-Zee Tear 1.5 oz. or Floriani Tearaway Medium are good choices. Those brands are more fibrous, less paper-like, and will tear more cleanly.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the full embroidery file "a" (not the dieline files).

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle, rather than an embroidery needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle, so that will make smaller perforations in the stabilizer.

Embroider the design. The first thing to embroider will be a dieline, or outline stitch. This marks the area on the stabilizer where we'll place the fabric piece.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.

Spray the back of the fabric piece with a temporary adhesive, and place it right inside the sewn dieline.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue embroidering the design.

A tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the fabric in place for the remainder of the design.

Once the fabric is stitched in place, all of the inner elements will sew.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Once the embroidery is finished, unhoop the stabilizer and gently tear it away from the edges.

Make sure to leave the tear-away stabilizer on the back of the fabric piece as this will add structure to the pincushion.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Hoop a new piece of tear-away stabilizer and attach the hoop to the machine.

Load the embroidery file "b", and embroider the roof following the steps above. When finished, tear away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

To assemble the pincushion, lay the wall piece of the house on the table wrong side up.

Fold each of the four walls inward, making sure to lightly crease each fold.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Bend up two walls and hand sew the first corner of the house together.

Hand-stitch from the bottom corner up towards the roof. You can also use glue, making sure to let every corner dry before moving onto the next one.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Continue bending up the sides and sewing or gluing each corner until the main piece of the house is completed.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Crease the bend of the roof and sew it onto the house, starting at the peak of one side of the roof and stitching or gluing around the edges.

Make sure to leave one side of the roof open for stuffing.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Fill the pincushion with polyester fiberfill through the opening.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Sew the opening closed.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

You can also create a wristlet using the pincushion designs.

Start by finding a small piece of plastic to prevent pins from poking through the bottom. This tutorial uses a thin cutting board, but a small plastic lid will also work.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Before assembling the house, cut the plastic into a small square.

For the small size, cut the plastic to 1 1/8" x 1 1/8".

For the medium size, cut the plastic to 1 3/8" x 1 3/8".

For the large size, cut the plastic to 2" x 2".

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Using a glue gun, glue around the edges of the plastic.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Press the plastic piece onto the bottom of the house against the size with the stabilizer.

Allow the glue to dry before continuing.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

After assembling the design, sew or glue the house to a wristband, piece of elastic, or a ribbon.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Create this adorable pincushion wristlet to take your pins with you as you move around the sewing room.

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

Or, use it on its own to store pins and needles in your craft room or sewing space. A too-cute addition to any home!

Free project instructions to make House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop

A gingerbread house pincushion makes a festive accessory as you stitch all those holiday projects. Add a loop to the top and it makes an adorable ornament, too!

House Pincushion, In-the-Hoop



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Products used in this Project:

House Pincushion (In-the-Hoop) $2.99 - $3.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

4.82" x 6.57" | 3.57" x 4.87" | 2.87" x 3.89"