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DIY Apple Pincushions

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Apple Pincushions DIY

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Good morning! Well, in case you didn’t know, this Saturday is National Eat an Apple Day. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I thought it would be fun to share these Apple Pincushions I made. This is a quick little sewing project made from felt. You can download the free pattern and have one made in no time. What I love most about these apple pincushions is the leaf – it is the perfect spot to hold your hand-sewing needles! I wish I had one of these cute little pincushions in my sewing space, but unfortunately, I think my little one would want to play with it. I’d hate for him to grab it thinking it was for playing when really it is full of pins! While I cannot enjoy my little prickly apples, they have made great gifts for my sewing friends!

Below is the tutorial and free pattern. Happy International Eat an Apple Day!

Apple Pincushion

Apple Pincushion

Supplies Needed for Apple Pincushions

  • Free printable pattern: Apple Pincushion Pattern
  • Red or green felt
  • Brown felt for stem
  • Green felt for leaf 
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing notions: pins, matching thread, needle, pen

STEP 1: Trace apple pattern piece. You will need 6 apple pattern pieces for each apple pincushion. I used a black pen to trace the pattern piece and then drew in the 1/4″ seam allowance included in the pattern piece.

Apple Pincushion

STEP 2: Cut out apple pieces.

STEP 3: Sew apple pieces together. I started by stitching the three pairs of apple pieces together. Then I stitched those pairs together. Leave a hole in the last side you sew so you can flip the apple inside out.

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STEP 4: Flip the apple inside out and stuff. Hand stitch the apple closed with matching thread. 

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STEP 5: Cut out the stem and leaf using the pattern pieces. Roll the brown rectangle of felt and hand stitch it closed. Stitch the stem and one end of the leaf to the top of the apple. 

Apple PincushionApple PincushionThe Apple Pincushion is complete! These little apples are so cute and easy to whip up! I love having cute things around when I’m sewing, and if they are practical, that’s even better ;) 

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3 Comments

  1. Love this pattern. Very cool. Can I make it in fabric or does it need to be felt? I’m very good at stuffing so I can stuff the little apple so it’s quite stiff .. I’m guessing that’s why you used felt? And for aesthetic reasons :) Anyhoo .. Gorgeous all in the fruit bowl. Nice work .. Nice site too :)

    1. Thank you! Yes I think it would work just as well out of fabric rather than felt – I didn’t choose felt for any specific reason, just that I had a ton on hand! I always seem to end up with a lot of felt and try to find ways to use it up! Thank you for visiting and I hope using fabric works out well! It would be fun to use different prints in reds and greens!

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