Log Cabin Pincushion Instructions
- Cut a variety of strips of fabric 1-inch wide and about 6 inches long. TIP: The log cabin quilt patch is most interesting with a variety of light and dark patterns. Your log cabin can be as big as you like; sample measures about 3 inches square.
- Cut a 1-inch square from the end of two different strips. Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance to sew these 2 squares together, right sides together, to make Piece A. Press the seam to the darker fabric.
- Measure the finished length of piece A (should be 1-1/2 inches) and cut another strip (Piece B) of a new print equal to that length.
- Right sides together, sew Piece A to Piece B. Press towards Piece B.
- Piece C will cut to fit one side of A and B. Stitch to the side of Piece A and B together.
- Piece D will measure the length of the new side A/C (2-1/2 inches).
- Continue in the same fashion, adding strips around the center, pressing to the new piece in each case.
- When the log cabin block is the size square you desire, cut an equally sized square of complementary backing fabric. Still using the 1/4-inch seam, sew the backing to the log cabin square. Leave 2-inch opening for turning right sides out.
- Stuff the square with polyester fiberfill and stitch closed by hand.
Round Pincushion Instructions
- Cut two circles of fabric about 5 inches in diameter.
- With right sides together, use a 1/4-inch seam allowance and sew around the circle, leaving about a 2-inch opening for turning. Turn the circle right side out and stuff until quite firm. Stitch 2-inch opening closed by hand.
- To form pie shaped wedges, cut a very long strand of #5 pearl cotton and knot one end with a substantial knot. Using a long, sturdy needle (one meant for doll sculpture works well) start at the bottom of the pincushion and push the needle all the way through the center of the stuffed circle form. Then pull the thread from the top around the side and back to the center point on the bottom. Go back up through the middle, down the other side, and up through the same point. Pull the pearl cotton snugly each time. Continue until you have 6 or 8 pie-shaped sections. Knot thread at bottom.
- Use one long pearl cotton thread to sew a button to center top and bottom of the pincushion using the long needle. Start at the bottom, go through the holes of the button, up through the pincushion and through one hole of the top button. Then sew down through the other hole of the top button and down through the hole of the bottom button. Repeat several times and then secure the thread on the bottom.