Scrappy Nine-Patch Pincushion Free Pattern

Monday, March 9, 2020

Happy Monday! Today I have another little pincushion tutorial to share!

Similar to my personal challenge to make a scrap project each month, I want to round out my pincushion stash! So I dug into my scraps and pulled out pieces to make two pincushions. For the first one I used a piece of lightweight Japanese canvas for the center along with blenders by Anna Maria Horner and Joel Dewberry.

For the second pincushion I used one of my favorite Heather Ross prints for the center and blenders by Carolyn Friedlander to match. Want to make your own? Follow along below!

Have questions about making pincushions? Check out my All About Pincushions post.

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly
Finished Size: 4" square

- (1) 2.5" square of focal fabric
- (4) 1.5"x2.5" rectangles of print fabric
- (4) 1.5" squares of print fabric
- (1) 4.5" square of backing fabric
- (1) 4.5" square of lightweight interfacing
- 6"x6" batting scrap
- Pincushion filling (I used crushed walnut shells.)

Looking for supplies? Check out my Pattern Supplies and Resources post.

*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*

1. Arrange print rectangles around the focal square, with the print squares in the corners.

2. Sew pieces together in each row.

Press seams in the top and bottom row towards the center. Press the pieces in the middle row away from the center.

3. Sew rows together, press seams open.

If you need more guidance on finishing up your pincushion, check out my All About Pincushions post.

4. Layer pincushion top with batting, quilt lightly. Trim to 4.5" square.

5. Apply interfacing to backing fabric according to manufacturer's instructions.

6. Place pincushion top and backing right sides together, clipping or pinning around all four edges. Sew around all four edges, leaving about a 1.5" opening in the center of one side. I find this makes turning easier than leaving the opening at one of the ends. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8" at the corners.

7. Press opening seam open, to make closing the opening easier. Turn pincushion right sides out. Use a wooden chopstick or turning tool to help. Fill pincushion with desired filling. Using a hand sewing needle and matching thread, stitch the opening closed.

These are very simple but are so fun for showcasing a cute little print. They stitch up really fast and would make great swap items or as a gift for your sewing friends!

If you make a pincushion, please tag me on Instagram, I'm @jenib320 and my hashtag is #jenibaker.

Happy Sewing!


  1. What a great idea. I have lots of scraps with cute large prints I could not part with. This is the perfect project to use them.

    Thank you!

  2. Your little pincushions are sew cute, Jeni! Thank you so much for the pattern/tutorial!

  3. Hi Jeni. How are you? Are you and Michael okay? These are depressing times, but we'd love to read a new cheery blog from you.

    1. Thanks for thinking of us! We're doing okay, trying to figure out a new normal routine with Michael working from home. We haven't been leaving the house for a while now. Hoping to get a blog post up this week! Be well, stay safe!

  4. I love this pincushion. So adorable! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us! I have your half square triangle book and it is awesome! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves patchwork. Who thought there would be so many ways to use them?!
    As for a new normal? I can relate. Oh how I miss my working days! Be safe everyone! Jill


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