Guest blogger series | Pin pouffe tutorial

by Admin on 04/10/2011

in Guest blog series2 2011, Sewing+Fabric, Whip Up Tutorials

Sandra is a textile artist and designer and the head behind the playful and imaginative world of herzensart. She also writes a blog where she shares her working process and inspirations.

This is a quick and easy sewing project I had much fun with and I hope you´ll like it too. I came up with the idea of making a pin pouffe when I held some samples of woven ribbons in my hands, that I had designed for a German weaving mill and wondered what to use it for. The straight standing British Guards just seemed perfect to wrap around something, as some kind of banderole so to say.

Of course you don´t need a Guardian ribbon for making a pin pouffe, you can choose any ribbon you have at your fingertips, or just leave the ribbon away and use fabric only. It´s all up to you.

This is what you´ll need:

– one fabric rectangle of 34cm x 9 cm (Cotton fabric works best)
– two fabric circles with a diameter of 10.5cm (4inch) each (looks nice if you choose different fabrics for the top and the bottom of the pouffe)
– sewing thread
– woven ribbon 34cm (14 inch) in length (optional)
– polyfill stuffing
– sewing machine
– pins
– a stick for stuffing (a wooden spoon or chopstick works well)

1. sew ribbon to right side of rectangle fabric piece.
2. fold down about 5-10 mm (1/4-1/2 inch) of the rectangles short sides to the wrong side and sew across.
3. pin rectangle piece around the edges of the bottom circle (right sides facing).
4. and pin it the same way around the top circle edges.

5. sew along the bottom and the top edges.
6. turn the pouffe right sides out.
7. now stuff your pouffe firmly with polyfill, a wooden spoon or chopstick is helpful.
8. you can close the opening of the pouffe with one stitch using a strong thread.

Voilà, you are done!

For some extra cuteness you can now decorate your pincushion with deco pins. For example I made little red busses out of FIMO, or just pronge tiny pompoms to pins.

Have fun creating! I´d love to see your pouffes :)

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie October 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

Where do we buy YOUR ribbon?? I love it as I love all your stuff!


2 Sandra October 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

Thank you Katie. This is a ribbon, I have designed and I also sell it in my webshop.


3 Michele October 31, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for a great tutorial. I made one today and it turned out almost as cute as yours.


4 Yasmina February 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Gracias por tu tutorial genial!!! en breve voy a intentar hacerlo


5 dini January 31, 2013 at 12:17 pm

really cute pincushion..thanks for the idea. I will put your link in my blog if I already try this on my own. added to my pincushion world project.

great tutorial.. ^.^


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