This little cross stitch pincushion ‘small’ from Little House Needleworks is so cute!
I decided to do the finishing for the pincushion with mini pom pom trim that I bought from xJudesign on Etsy. It comes in several colours, so I’ve bought a metre of half a dozen shades, to give me some choice as I make all nine in this series. The shade I’ve chosen for this one is ‘Dark Cocoa’. Each pincushion needs a bit less than half a metre to complete the pincushion as a 4 1/2 inch square.
I first trimmed the evenweave fabric to 5 1/2 inches square (from 6 inches square originally). I made an interlining template that was 4 1/2 inches square, so that when I positioned it on the front of the stitching, I could just about see through it to check if I’d centred it on the stitching. Then I pinned it in place and tacked around the edge, to mark the stitching line, then removed the interlining template.
This shows the tacked line, once I’d removed the interlining template.
I pinned the braided side of the pom pom trim exactly along the stitching line, leaving about 1/8th of an inch of braid within the tacked line, so that the pom poms wouldn’t get caught in the seam when I stitched along it.
I also made curves at the corners with the trim rather than tight 90 degree angles. I overlapped the trim by one pom pom, and then trimmed one of the overlapped ones off at the end, after I’d stitched the pincushion seam completely. It helps to make sure that the overlap of the trim will not be in the gap where you will be turning the pincushion through, or at a corner, so I made my overlap about an inch away from one corner.
Then, right sides facing, I tacked the front and back pieces of the pincushion fabrics together, leaving a two inch gap along the bottom edge for turning.
I trimmed the seam allowances so that they were off-set a bit, to cut down on bulk, and cut diagonally across the corners too.
Then I backstitched round the edge along my tacked line. I did it all by hand because I don’t really like machine stitching, and I felt I could have easily ‘run over a bobble’ with a machine!!
Then I turned the pincushion right side out, and stuffed it with polyester wadding. I stuffed it quite hard, poking the stuffing into the corners with a pencil so that the corners didn’t crinkle up later.
When stitching the opening shut, I did it in two passes, stitching each fabric piece to the braid of the pom pom trim one at a time with a slip stitch, rather than trying to stitch the two fabrics together with a stab stitch through the pom pom braid.
I only removed tacking where it showed, which was only in one or two places, as it helps strengthen the seam.
This is the completed pincushion – I’m really thrilled with this!!
This is the back – the fabric looks great with this dark brown trim.
Now that I’ve completed the first one, I’ve just got the other eight to do 🙂 They are great projects to work on in between bigger ones, as I get something finished in just a few days.
Cute, isn’t it? And I don’t even use pincushions……
11 thoughts on “Little House Needleworks ABC Samplers – 2 – how to finish a pincushion with pom pom trim”
Such beautiful work! Thank you so much for showing your step-by-step process – such a great reference. Just love that backing fabric too!
So cute! Thanks for sharing your finishing technique.
I really liked your detailed explanation of sewing the pom-pom trim. I’ve wondered how to do it myself. Lovely little project. Thanks.
Thanks – it was easy to do once I’d thought it through, and much easier to stitch by hand than on a machine.
Greetings Janet: So sorry to bother you, could you please tell me who designed the Harp Pin Cushion?Thank-youCatherine
Sorry, I don’t know.
Oh it’s adorable Janet and the finishing fabric and trim is perfect! Yes, I’m with you on preferring hand stitching over machine, particularly with an item as small and potentially fiddly as this as you have better control. Hehe 😄 I giggled when you said you don’t use pincushions! I don’t think it matters for something as adorable as this, but it would always make a nice gift if you can bear to part with it, or if you attached a twisted cord it might make a nice dangly ornament for a door or cupboard handle.
Considering that I love making etui sets, I also don’t like using scissors with fobs on, and I’ve got several needlebooks too, but I still only actually use the one I made when I was 12!
I enjoyed this post. One of the many cross stitching I want to make.
Thank you! It’s a lovely project to stitch 🙂