A pincushion is basically a tiny pillow. This project is a nice way to try pojagi, and you can easily make it in a larger size if you like it.
To make this, you will need a 2″ square template. Cut four squares each out of two colours using the pojagi method. Besides the fabric, you will only need thread and a small amount of stuffing.
1. Join squares of different colours
Join in pairs so that you will have four sets in total.
2. Join pairs
Join so that the colours are alternated, matching the seams in the middle. You will have two squares.
3. Finish the outside edge
The outside edge is done with the same pojagi stitch.
4. Leave an opening
Work the stitching around the square, but leave a 1″ opening.
5. Add stuffing
Stuff the pincushion tightly through the opening. If necessary, use scissors or a blunt needle to get the stuffing into the corners.
6. Tack the middle
Bring a length of thread from the back all the way through to the front in the middle, at the place where the four small squares meet. Take it back down, pulling tight to bring the two sides together. After taking a few tacking stitches, knot thread to hold securely.
7. It’s done!
Enjoy your new pincushion or use it as a gift for a stitching friend.
Be sure to check out the other projects in the 2018 Pojagi Christmas Countdown.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.