Pincushions are a must for anyone that likes to sew. I don’t know about you but I have several! I have a few different ones that I keep in various places dotted around my workroom and other places in the house that I sew. I even have certain pincushions for certain types of pins (a little tragic, I know!) .
I have a love of English Paper Piecing and for some time have been thinking and planning an EPP pincushion that uses up some of the precious scraps of fabric that are sometimes just too difficult to throw away!
In the run up to Christmas 2018 Lucy Brennan of Charm About You organised a sewing gift swap and I decided to turn what was in my head into reality for my swap partner. My partner seemed to like it and feedback on Instagram from some of my other followers was encouraging so I decided to turn it into a pattern!
So here we go, one EPP pincushion pattern, available to download so you can get sewing straight away!
The PentaPinnie pattern features digitally drawn templates for cutting fabrics and paper pieces, so they are nice and accurate. The step by step instructions are supported with both illustrations and colour photographs. Here’s a sneaky look at how the instructions are laid out…
The pdf pattern is a total of 5 pages, but the templates for cutting your fabrics and paper pieces are all on one page so if you’re looking to save paper, you can print just that one page.
I’m hoping that you’ll all love this little pattern. It’s a satisfying project that comes together quite quickly and is such a great opportunity to use up scraps you’ve been saving or is a great way of showcasing several prints from one designer range. In the picture at the top of this post I’ve used Tilda and in the next two pictures I’ve used fabrics from Dashwood and Joel Dewberry.
Share your makes...
If you’re loading pictures of your PentaPinnie onto Instagram use #pentapinnie so we can all see your makes. Once the pattern has been out for a while it will hopefully become a great place for you to go for inspiration!
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If you’re new to English Paper Piecing and are looking for some tips I have a couple of videos to help you on your way.
Start with the basting video for a look at the differences between glue and thread basting. After that have a look at the whip stitch video for my tips on this most popular of stitches.