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Shabby Chic Pincushion
(In-the-Hoop)

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.


Make sewing time even sweeter with this adorable in-the-hoop pincushion! Stitch each piece separately, then assemble and stuff. We'll show you how!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/4 yard of linen or quilter's cotton
- Tear-away stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
- Polyester fiberfill
- Needle for hand sewing or fabric glue.

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X13899, Shabby Chic Pincushion (In-the-Hoop)

Finished Size:
Small: 2 1/8" wide x 1 1/4" tall
Medium: 2 1/2" wide x 1 3/4" tall
Large: 3" wide by 1 3/4" tall

Special note:
In this tutorial the pincushion is sewn together by hand. If desired, you can also use fabric glue to assemble the pincushion. Simply make sure to hold the pieces together until the glue completely dries for best results.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

When you download the Shabby Chic Pincushion design, you'll find four files. Two are embroidery files, and the other two are dieline files, marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open each dieline file with an embroidery software, and print it. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Cut around the paper dieline shape for piece "a", and spray the back with temporary adhesive. Then smooth it onto the right side of the fabric.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Cut out the shapes, and remove the paper dielines from the fabric.


Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Hoop a piece of tear-away stabilizer tightly, making sure their are no wrinkles. 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 for creating pin cushions, 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 the dieline. This marks the area on the stabilizer where we'll place the first fabric piece.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, 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 for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue to embroider the rest of the design. A tack down stitch will sew next, binding the fabric in place for the remainder of the design. Then the inner detail will embroider followed by the finishing border around the edges.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

When 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 a little bit of structure to the pincushion.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Repeat the previous steps to embroider the base piece (labeled with a "b"). Once it is finished being embroidered, tear away the excess stabilizer.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

To assemble the pincushion, take the top piece (piece "a"), and pick one of the five darts. Fold the piece along the dart, and line up the two opposite edges with the wrong sides together. Using a hand sewing needle, stitch the two edges together.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Repeat to sew all of the other darts.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

After all the darts are sewn, take the base piece ("b"), and line up one of its straight edges with one of the straight edges on the top piece ("a"). Make sure the wrong sides of the two pieces are together, and hand sew along the straight edge to connect the two pieces.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Repeat to sew together all but one of the straight sides around the pincushion. Make sure to leave one side unsewn, so that an opening remains for stuffing the pincushion.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Stuff the pincushion with polyester fiberfill.

Free project instructions for creating pin cushions, in-the-hoop.

Once firmly stuffed, sew the opening closed.

Shabby Chic Pin Cushions, In-the-Hoop



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