February 28 ~ FQ Project of the Day

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Pincushions by Megan, 100% philistine made

Megan deserves a Fat Quarter Award of some sort for making the most incredible selection of items with small cuts of fabric. She has a clean design sense and uses all of our fabric favorites. Be sure to check out Megan’s Flickr site and blog for great ideas. Visit her shop for some beautiful items to buy.

Megan made these little pincushions with a small 9-patch and a button in the middle. Make some with all of the little bits of fat quarters you have left over from a month of FQ projects!

Other pincushions we love. For related tutorials try here, here, here, here and here. Here’s an enormous pincushion Flickr gallery for more inspiration.

Share your pincushion links in the comments below, or point us to related tutorials and inspiration.

Have some fun with Fat Quarters! We’re giving away fat quarter packs all month long. Comment anytime this week to win one of 8 fat quarter packs (6 fat quarters per pack). This week’s FQ giveaway pack prints are predominantly… Green!

Add pictures of your fat quarter projects to our Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pool. Share your stash photos in our Fabric Stash & Storage pool.

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92 Responses to February 28 ~ FQ Project of the Day

  1. Holly Graham says:

    These are darling. My mother-in-law is a big sewer and I think these will make a great gift for her. I will have to remember them for Christmas this year.


  3. London Mummy says:

    I have one of Megan’s pin cushions and it is truly gorgeous 🙂

    Many thanks for mentioning a couple of my items during fat quarter month – it has been brilliant, as always 🙂

  4. gisella says:

    this is a great idea! cute, cute pin cushions !

  5. BCQuilter says:

    I like the 9-patch idea! More things to do with all those leftover pieces!

    Thanks for a wonderful month!


  6. Liz says:

    I have absolutely loved learning and experimenting with fat quarters this month! It was so fun! Thanks!

  7. Meg Peachey says:

    This month has been quite inspiring and motivating! Thank you to all who put it together! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  8. Valerie says:

    I love pin cushions! The thicker the better. I just recently made a huge heart shaped pin cushion.

  9. Amanda says:

    I’ve been meaning to make one of these for a while! Thanks for the inspiration! http://www.flickr.com/photos/platty82/3318835767/

  10. Pat says:

    Love those pincushions! What a great idea – all these fat quarter projects – I have several bookmarked and will eventually make them. Thanks!

  11. Ingrid says:

    I’m going to make a pincushion(or 2) today. These tutorials are great!

  12. margaret m. says:

    cute idea for using up those scraps…and who doesn’t need a pin cushion

  13. shelley says:

    it’s always nice to have something cute and functional to stick your pins in…

  14. jessi says:

    Just what I have been wanting to make!

  15. Clara says:

    These pincushions are cute. I’d love to have a matching sewing room set.

  16. mojoandco says:

    Thanks for all the pincushion ideas! I’m sure it’ll help when I finally get around to replacing my daggy old one.

  17. Miss Behave says:

    I love pincushions! I have a tutorial compilation here if anyone needs more inspiration

  18. Stacey says:


  19. Carissa says:

    I just found this; what a fun site!

  20. I shall be making these for sure!

  21. Bubblesknits says:

    I found your blog through a friend of mine and I made my first FQ project from the drawstring bag tutorial you had linked to in the Handmade Holidays List. I can’t wait to try more! 🙂

  22. karen-michele says:

    Thank you. I’ve enjoyed everyday but unfortunately may fat quarter stash is growing!!1

  23. Alex says:

    these are sooo cute! i will def try it out! Thanks!!!!

  24. Libby says:

    I have never made a pincushion and I really want to.

  25. KZ says:

    I love your pincushions. What a great way to use up small pieces. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Julianne says:

    Very cool and such a wonderful way to use up those left over scraps. These would make cute little gifts as well.

    Thank you for sharing!

  27. JaneR says:

    Pincushions are a good last project for this fat quarter month…and what a incredible crop of pincushion inspiration. Thank you for a great month. I have followed you daily. Off to the sewing machine with my new fat quarters from the exchange…

  28. suzi says:

    She has a nice website. Neat projects.

  29. juliecache says:

    An excellent gift idea. SMS rocks!

  30. Jocelyn says:

    I’d like to be entered in your fat quarter giveaway.
    Thanks for sharing all the great creative ideas.


  31. Carrie P. says:

    Very cute!

  32. valerie says:

    These are the cutest things! I will have to try one soon

  33. julia says:

    sweet! I love pincushions!

  34. Ellen Ban says:

    Those 9 patch pincushions are so cute…what a great way to use your favorite fabrics so you can look at them anytime you sew! Thanks for 28 days of fat quarter possibilities!!

  35. Missy says:

    Cute pin cushions! And a great way to use up little scraps. =)

  36. Ramona says:

    I have really been gathering ideas to make some cute pincushions so thanks for making that so much easier! I just love those 9 patch ones.

  37. Tally says:

    Thanks for this month of FQ. I will come back for reference more than once.
    I should set aside some of my crafting time to make a pincushion. Yes, I’m a sewer and right now I don’t have a single pincushion on hand.

  38. ashley says:

    oh, i love green–it’s my favorite color! please enter me in your weekly giveaway!

  39. Mary says:

    I really like those. I just might done one tonight. 😛

  40. Michelle says:

    Just thought I’d tip you guys off to a sewing tutorial that I made a while back. Here’s the link:

  41. Shanna says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas this month!

  42. Jane Soule says:

    I have enjoyed every FQ day! Thanks.

  43. Marissa says:

    These are very cute.

  44. Peta-Jane says:

    What a perfect project to use up my little fabric pieces ! They would make great swap gifts amongst our quilting group…and I can use some of my vintage buttons.. Thankyou for the ideas !

  45. Southern Gal says:

    I have never seen so many pin cushion ideas before this year. I still use the old tomato (?) that was my grandmother’s. I need to broaden my horizons!

  46. Laura says:

    These are so cute. I had a thought. My daughter is in her twenties and just starting out, along with all her friends. I am amazed that none of them have the basic sewing notions to be able to mend a seam or reattach a button. A really cute and economical gift would be to make up a bunch of these and put together sewing baskets. A few buttons, some thread and needle and these adorable pinchusions with a few pins. Great. Practical gifts that will be used. Well, someday! LOL

  47. Lena says:

    Ooh, green is my favorite color! Thanks so much for doing this FQ theme this month–it’s been inspiring to see all these lovely little projects. They’re perfect for a beginning sewer like me!

  48. Tammy :) says:

    I love these! They’re much better than the tomato pincushion I have!

  49. Stacey says:

    Those are very cute!

  50. Caitlin says:

    I love pincushions!

  51. Mariah C says:

    Cute pincushions.
    Crazy About Pincushions

  52. Emily S says:

    very cute – i save even the tiniest pieces of fabric which would be great for this.

  53. Harley says:

    I’m a sucker for any kind of pincushion!

  54. kristinknits says:

    Ohmygosh … those pincushions are too cute! I love them. : )

  55. Andrea says:

    These are lovely pincushions. I wanted to take part in the February Challenge but work has been too much. However I would like to be involved by giving this link to my Pincushion tutorial instead. I have more info about them on my blog.
    I shall make sure I can take part next time.
    Best wishes.

  56. Shellyfish says:

    I’m obsessed with pin cusions right now, I don’t know why. I can’t wait to try to make some of these!

  57. alison says:

    I love these pincushions!

  58. Helena says:

    How cute and use up all those scraps too.

  59. Megan says:

    Cute! Love these.

  60. Ruthanna says:

    One of those projects I keep promising myself I will do…thanks for all your fat quarter ideas.

  61. Deb says:

    I haven’t commented yet, but I’ve enjoyed every day of this fat quarter month. You’ve inspired me to make some little fabric baskets, a purse, and of course, some pincushions. Thank you!

  62. jodie says:

    LOve these!

  63. Myra says:

    I love those little pincushions. I have a stack of 3″ nine patches that would be perfect for this. Thanks for the wonderful idea. I would love to add some green FQ’s to my stash. :o)

  64. Heidi says:

    Pincushions are my guilty pleasure. I have so many of them, I never will be able to use them all, and I still keep making them!! I am so sad this is the last day of FQ month 🙁 It’s been a blast. Thanks ladies.

  65. Carla says:

    I love all the projects with the fat quarters, especially this one. Love those pincushions!!

  66. So far this month I’ve tried three of your projects and book marked others, this is totally my favorite series ever!!! FQs are super affordable and make the best little things!!! Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

  67. Anne Arthur says:

    I love these little pin cushions, nine patch is one of my favourite blocks, I have made several nine patch quilts, these little pin cushions are so cute, I will have to make some for pressies.

  68. Stephanie says:

    I just love that idea of using up every tiny piece!! Gorgeous!

  69. Tara says:

    I’m still using my tomato pin cushion! I’ve noticed where the inside has been poked too many times and the pins fall out…this might mean I need to make a new one!!!!

  70. Lynne in NC says:

    Great Idea! I always have wee bits of fabric leftover. Thanks!

  71. Ashley says:

    Love those! This might be my next project — for all the sewing I do, I still don’t have a pincushion! These are really cute!

  72. JUde says:

    I’m becoming addicted to pin cushions. Thanks for the inspiration!

  73. Katie says:

    The 9-patch in the middle might drive me bonkers. Sure is cute.

  74. Mary Ann M says:

    I have lots of little 4 patchs left over from various quilting projects and I’m going to get busy and make a new pincushion this afternoon! Thanks for the inspiration.

  75. Charity says:

    Cute Pincushion ideas! I just finished one for a friend this week. I think that they are going to be addicting! I have really enjoyed FQ February. So many great ideas!

  76. Lisa says:

    I just made a cute pincushion for my mom using a tutorial from paper.string.cloth. I’ll put a photo in the pool! http://paperstringcloth.blogspot.com/2007/07/pincushion-tutorial.html

  77. Kara says:

    I love the fabrics used in the green and blue pin cushion, and I love that you can use the tiniest scraps of fabric to make these!

  78. alisha says:

    These are so adorable. I could definitely use some more pin cushions. 😉

  79. Haley says:

    Oh, now that is perfect for using up scraps! And I can never seem to find a pincushion when I need one.

  80. Amy Hodge says:

    These are really adorable, as are a lot of other things on her site. Thanks so much for pointing this out!

  81. Erin Bassett says:

    Those are completely adorable!!!

  82. Tam says:

    I love all of these fat quarter projects! With two little guys I rarely have time to get into a full-sized quilt or large scale project but most of these projects are small enough to be manageable even for me.

  83. wendy says:

    Oh, I simply love those pincushions. Need to make one!

  84. Jen says:

    how terribly cute! (not that I’ll get picked, the first never gets picked, LOL)

  85. Lorajean says:

    feb is my favorite month! Thanks for all this amazing info!

  86. Anya T. says:

    Cute pincushions. Thanks.

  87. Lori Weinberg says:

    Beautiful pincushions. Another great fat quarter project. I really enjoy fat quarter month. Thank you so much!!!

  88. Debra says:

    these are cute!

  89. DebbieKL says:

    I’m so sad FQ month is over! Can’t wait for the next one!

  90. lesley says:

    i have yet to make a pincushion, but probably should considering the ancient one that sits on my sewing table. i’ve always loved the pear pincushions by heather bailey.

  91. Danielle says:


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