New Pattern – Pinwheel Pincushions

I am pleased to offer my own pattern for this adorable pinwheel pincushion.  It was featured in Quick to Stitch Precuts Magazine in 2015 and I have had a wonderful response for this useful and cute pincushion.  It is really very easy to stitch up in pairs using mini 2 1/2″ square charms.

I made these delightful versions using Color Theory charms by V & Co.  They coordinated beautifully so it was easy to make the pinwheel shapes.

I used vintage buttons and stacked buttons in the centers of the pincushions for some extra pizazz.

For these pincushions, I used tiny newsprint for the neutral background.  I think it makes them very modern and bright.

These pincushions measure 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 1″ finished.  I hope you enjoy the pattern.

You can purchase my Pinwheel Pincushions pattern as a PDF download by going to MY PATTERNS tab and following the link to My Etsy Shop

Thanks for letting me share!  Tag me on Instagram at lorimillerdesigns, I would love to see your version!

Hexie Pincushion Tutorial

I love pincushions, all kinds and I have a bunch all around my sewing studio.  I first saw a version of these pincushions at Quiltcon 2015.  I was in Carolyn Friedlander’s class and behind me on a table sat a cute hexie pincushion.  I found out later it belonged to Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft.  (She has some amazing hexagon quilt projects, check them out on her blog!) I discovered that she had a Hexie Pincushion tutorial and I wanted to make one for myself.  She used a die cutting machine to cut out all those cute 1/2 inch hexies.  I bought a bunch of wool felt and decided I would cut them out by hand.  Fast forward to December 2015 and my hubbie gifted me a Die cutting machine and that little 1/2 inch hexie die. I decided to make some of those pincushions inspired by Nicole but I added my own twist.  Here is how I made it.

I had several colors of wool felt and I ran them through the die cutting machine.  I used a muffin tin to organize all of the colors of hexies.

I cut a 6 inch strip of a linen blend.

I folded the fabric in half with the fold at the bottom.  Then I used a 60 degree triangle and positioned it so that the  top and sides measured 3 1/2 “.  This is an old Kay Wood ruler that I had.  I am thinking I really need to update some of my rulers, but this one still worked.

When you open up the fabric, you have a nice large hexie shape.  I fold it to mark the center and then iron out the fold lines.

Then, using some fabric glue stick, I arrange the hexies in a sort of circle shape.

Once the shapes are all arranged, I get a piece of scrap batting and start to quilt.

First you stitch through the center of each little hexie starting at the edge of the big hexie.  I like to use a large stitch and a walking foot to quilt this part.

Then you just keep quilting across the little hexies from point to point.

This shows the final quilting of the last corners of the little hexagons.

Here is a picture of one trimmed after the quilting.  Now you are ready to stitch on the bottom of the pincushion.

Trim the excess batting from the top of the pincushion.  Using the same method as the linen hexagon top, cut a coordinating bottom for the pincushion.

Stitch a 1/4″ seam all around the hexie leaving an opening for turning on one side.  Trim the corners and turn right side out.

Tuck in the open sides and press.

I stuffed my pincushion with a bunch of batting scraps I had.  You can stuff it with your favorite pincushion filling.  Then just whip stitch the opening closed.

These would make great gifts or be a good project for a sewing group to stitch up together.  Happy Sewing!

My new Fabric Die Cutter Storage bag

I had a lovely christmas with my family.  One of my favorite gifts was a new Die Cutter machine.  It is a little machine to cut out accurate quilt blocks and appliques from fabric!  These machines have been popular with scrapbookers but now they have a lot of options for fabric.  You can really cut out intricate pieces fast with this little machine.  I needed something to carry the machine and dies in and searched all over for a case or tote.  I found an older design that did not seem to be in stock anywhere.  So what does a pattern designer do but design a cute storage bag?  Here is a little journey through my process.

I rough sketched a sort of retro bag design and drew up some pattern pieces.  Yes, when the inspiration strikes, things just seem to work out.  I had it in my head to do some kind of quilt as you go design.  I wanted some structure to my bag, so I used headliner to quilt on with a bottom fabric of natural canvas.  Some people use Soft and Stable brand but I had headliner on hand so that is what I used.  I also had two colors of headliner, so you will see that in the pictures.

I had a lot of black and white scraps left over from another quilt project and I used scraps of bright blue for some contrast. I even did some fancy quilting on a few of the accent blue boxes.  I started the quilting in three places so there would be lots of different fabrics.

Of course, my usual quilt helper, Cookie cat, showed up.  How he knows I am in my studio quilting is amazing and he always sits right on top of whatever I am trying to work on.  I just stop and give him some loving and then get back to work.  It is a nice break. Smile.

Here you can see how I just kept working my way around each of the three sections of quilting and I am getting ready to join two sections.

In this picture, you can see how I pull together the different places where I started the quilt as you go.  The middle strip on the left pulled those two sections of quilting together.  I just pieced it with two fabrics, but it is really one sewn piece.

Here is that section sewn into one side of the bag.  I left this side plain just attaching the handles.

This is one of the ends on the sides of the bag.  I made two of these.

I quilted some black canvas for the center sides in just a diamond shape.  I added a double zipper that I upcycled from an old backpack.  This design allows me to open up the bag wide enough to drop the Fabric die Cutter in easily.  It fits right down inside.  I have room on the inside to add the rest of my die cutters.  The bag is tall enough for the medium size dies as well so there is room to grow.


On this side, I added a pocket.  Can you see the little clear cutting pads tucked into the left side, they fit perfectly.  The pocket could hold a smaller die as well.  I sewed the seams on the outside and just bound them like I would have added binding to a quilt.

I fussy cut little black kitties all over this bag.  Look through the pictures to see if you can find them.

My other cat, Oreo, had to check out the bag too!  I am thinking of writing up the pattern.  Let me know if that is something that might interest you.  I think I might make some small totes to go inside to fit the individual dies so I can keep them all together.  I love how this turned out.

Happy Stitching!