Leftover Fabric? Learn How Create a Woven Pincushion

Leftover Fabric: Woven Pincushion 


Basket weaving is nothing new in fact, this technique is making a comeback and we thought it would be fun to put a personal spin on it.  So, let’s do some fabric weaving today.

This project is for all levels.
Skill Level- Beginner


Basic Instructions:
  1. Cut 2 3 1/2″ x 8″ rectangles for the top and bottom of your pincushion.  6 strips 1 1/2″ wide by 22″ will be your fabric strips to create the fabric weave pattern.  (I cut 3 strips from 2 different fabrics.)Fold, fold, fold….press, press, press.  This triple fold will create clean edges on the sides.  To keep things in place, I used steam a seam and sandwiched it together. I gave each fabric strip extra body. (total bonus.)  Cut strips in half to create 12 1/2″ x 11″ strips.

  1. Lay all of your horizontal pieces and pin in place.  To keep things easy for me, ran a quick row of straight sticking along the edge. Then start weaving in your vertical strips.  Alternating rows and pinning as I worked across the fabric.  Since I wanted the purple to peek through, I left 1/4″ spacing between each row.
  2. Once you have everything woven in place, run a quick stitch all around and trim away excess fabric strips. 

  1. Then your pincushion is pretty straight forward. Just like sewing a pillow together.  Pin right sides together; stitch around 3 sides leaving an opening for turning.  Clip corners and turn right side out.  
  2. Stuff, stuff, stuff!! I like to over stuff my pincushions.  Stitch the opening closed with needle and matching thread. A simple ladder stitch is perfect for this last step.  Need a refresher on the ladder stitch? Click here.
Fabric weaving- Learn how to create fabric with a simple basket weaving technique.  The Sewing Loft
So, how did I do?  Do you think fabric weaving will make a come back?  Or should the technique be left to baskets and hemp?  To keep the conversation going, I have teamed up with a few friends! Becky from Patchwork Posse
Patchwork Posse
Deby from So-Sew-Easy.
So Sew Easy
Be sure to check out what fun things these gals made with their fabric strips.