A Foundation Pieced Pincushion, have you ever made one? It is easy to make and use up your leftover scraps of strips. I am sharing this tutorial for the Pincushion Parade Blog Hop! Follow me on Instagram here!

What is foundation piecing you might ask? A simple explanation is that you will sew your strips to a piece of fabric as a foundation piece or backing fabric and it helps to stabilize your strip piecing.

foundation pieced pincushion completed

You can see a video of how to make this pincushion at the bottom of this page!

Supplies you will need for the foundation pieced pincushion:

4″ square for foundation fabric

4″ square for backing

Fabric strips 3/4″ to 1″ wide and 4 to 5 inches long

A scrap of batting for the front and back 4″ square

A fussy cut centre, or a solid square 2″ or less in diameter

Fine steel wool for stuffing, polyfill or crushed walnut shells may also be used

Step `1 – cut your centre square and centre it on the foundation fabric

Step 2 – Sew your strips until your foundation fabric is covered with strips. Don’t worry too much if the strips are longer, because we will trim the extras in a later step.

I sewed my strips in border fashion, so I did two opposite sides first, then the two other sides for each round of strips. You could also do log cabin style.

Step 3 – Once your foundation fabric is covered, flip your pieced front over and trim all the extras even with the foundation square.

Step 4 – Quilt your pieced front and back to a batting square. I did a very simple version of quilting. Mostly you want to just add some padding and keep the fabric and batting together.

Step 5 – Sew your foundation pieced pincushion together! With rights together, stitch a 1/4″ seam and leave a 2″ opening in one side. Then you need to turn it right side out, push out the corners.

Step 6 – Stuff your pincushion with your desired stuffing and whip stitch the opening closed.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, I invite you to take my FREE mini course, Stitch a Strip Pieced Potholder!

Watch this video and see how I made my foundation pieced pincushion!

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