Today, I am sharing a quick tutorial for making a sawtooth star pincushion using some scraps you have leftover from a finished project! I recently have enjoyed making pincushions because they are fast and easy, an evening project!

Sawtooth Star Pincushion

What you will need for this pincushion:

1 – 3″ square of fabric for the centre of the block

4 – 2″ X 2″ squares to complete the sawtooth block

1 – 3 3/4″ square and 4 – smaller squares 2 3/8″ these are to make the flying geese blocks. If you need a No Waste Flying Geese tutorial click here.

1 – 6″ square of backing fabric and 2 6″ pieces of batting

Stuffing for the pincushion, steel wool or crushed walnut shells or your favourite stuffing material.

To start off I made a miniature sawtooth Star block measuring 6″ square. Then I pieced a back the same measurements or use a 6″ square of fabric.

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6″ Sawtooth Star Block Instructions

The centre square is 3″ square. I used a pretty floral for mine but you could fussy cut a cute centre square!

Step 1 – Make No Waste Flying Geese. The large square measured 3 3/4″ and the 4 smaller ones 2 3/8″. Find a tutorial here.


Step 2 – After completing your Flying Geese, cut 4 squares 2″ x 2″ and assemble the block. I put it together like a 9 patch, so sew the blocks together across and then sew the three rows together.

sawtooth star pincushion layout
Block layout for the mini Sawtooth pincushion

I then quilted the pieced front and the back to a piece of batting. And I even pieced the batting! Then I placed the right sides together and stitched them together, leaving an opening on one end.

sawtooth pincushion sewn to backing piece with an opening for turning right side out

I rounded the corners for easier turning. Once it is stitched together, turn it right sides out and then it is time to stuff it!

I stuffed the corners with batting scraps and then used fine steel wool for the middle and a small amount of batting on the top. You can use other types of stuffing, crushed walnut shells or polyester filling are other options.

I stuffed mine to it is tight but the stitches are not pulling and then you tucked the seams in on the open side and stitch it closed.

You should have a awesome pincushion that will keep your pins sharp!

front of sawtooth pincushion measuring about 5 inches finished

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