Making A Selvage Pincushion… Cathedral Window Style

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You know I had to try it, didn’t ya? I already made two of these babies.

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So when I was thinking I should make a selvage pincushion, the Cathedral Window design came to mind.

There is a fantastic tutorial at Riley Blake Designs. Easy to follow with great photos. It is what I used. I only deviated from the instructions near the end.

OK, want to see how I made mine? I won’t bore you by repeating EVERYTHING that the above tutorial already told you. So I will mostly show you mine via photos with an added note thrown in here and there.


Select a few of your Selvage Strips.

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You will need about 10-11 of them. (I sewed over the actual fabric.) Sew strips onto muslin. Cut a 4 1/2″ square.

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Now select the fabric for the “peel back.”

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Add your Windows.

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Peel back. (If you want a slender tip, come in some at the bottom. A wider mouth will give you a more rounded look.)

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Select the fabric for the back of your pincushion.  I followed along with the RileyBlakeDesign tutorial but I added an extra half inch all around.

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This is what I did differently. I ironed fusible fleece to the two back pieces.

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I wanted the fabric to feel sturdier. Give it some weight. Plus it protects the ground walnut shells I put inside instead of polyester filling.

Next, sew front to back.

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Sew on button or embellishments NOW. Unless you want to sew through the walnut shells.

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Fill or stuff with whatever you wish. And done!!

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I made a second pincushion. This is how my corners looked when I did not taper enough at the tips during the peel back. It looks OK but I like the tapered look best.

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I am going to make another one and try to taper the ends a bit more. Make it more pointy. If you make this selvage pincushion, send me a photo and I will post it on my blog. Thanks!!

Here are the walnut shells I used. Came in a 7 lb bag. I have used half of it.

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13 comments on “Making A Selvage Pincushion… Cathedral Window Style

  1. Gaby says:

    So cute! Lovely!

  2. Lyndsey says:

    That’s cute. I might make one like that as I have enough selvage pieces to do it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lennette says:

    I love it! So pretty!

  4. Vicki H. says:

    what a cute pincushion, very nice job, love the details and the button.

  5. Brenda says:

    Your pincushion is so cute! I love working with selvedge—I like to make zipper pouches, and have been saving up to make a knitting bag.

  6. stipplequilt says:

    Great tutorial and what a beautiful pin cushion! Thanks for sharing.
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  7. Becky S says:

    This may be a really unintelligent question, but why walnut shells?

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Becky, when I first started making pincushions last year, I researched what to put inside. I read several articles on using walnut shells. They keep the pins sharp (not dull or rusted) for one and they retain their shape more so than plain polyester filling. And I wanted more weight to them. Like a paperweight. Try it. Thanks for the question. And thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Janine says:

    These are so sweet and great tute 🙂

  9. Dorothy Midson says:

    I might just have to make one of these….

  10. Lynette says:

    OK, *That* is really cool. 😀 Thanks for working up the tutorial!

  11. This is so cute! I have never done a cathedral window–it sure is cute with selvages!

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