Tuesday Tutorial-The Pumpkin Pin Cushion

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialGood Morning, Quilters!

We have a different sort of “Tuesday Tutorial” today…I was waylaid by Halloween and a wonderful tutorial offered at Fiskars for an adorable pumpkin pin cushion.  After making several pumpkins, I made a few changes to make it easier and add a bit more detail.

So today I offer my own version:Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Most of the supplies are things you have right in your sewing room…

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialBegin by cutting 4 inch squares of orange fabric.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialFor each pumpkin you will need eight squares.Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose 4 squares for the bottom and stitch the 4-patch.
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialPress the seams open.Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose 4 squares for the top of the pumpkin.

This is going to be stitched a little differently…
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialFor the second seam in the 4 patch, leave an opening.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialThis seam is left open for stuffing the top of the pumpkin.


The original pattern recommended leaving an opening in the circle for stuffing the pumpkin, however, it is very difficult to slip stitch this seam neatly (see below)…

We can hide the slipstitching in the center top of the pumpkin with leaves and stem!

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Place the 4-patches, right sides together and trace a circle for stitching.

Vary the diameter of the circle from 4 inches to 7-1/2 inches for a variety of pumpkins.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Stitch the entire circle.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Trim the excess.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Add lavender if you like…(I always do!)

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Slipstitch the top of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialChoose a heavy weight thread like Aurifil cotton 12 wt to create the contours in the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Stitch on the seam lines pulling gently into the center.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial


Then divide the pumpkin into eight sections.  Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialNow comes the FUN PART!!!

Free motion quilt a few leaves, echo stitching three times around the outer edge.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialCut closely around the leaves, leaving a little stem on the bottom for fastening onto the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Use two or three leaves per pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Tack the leaves in place.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialAnother FUN PART…

Go for a walk and find some gnarly sticks and vines (I found a grape vine with dried twisty vines)

Or use a cinnamon stick…

Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialUse a hot glue gun to attach the stems.
Pumpkin Pin Cushion TutorialI promise, you won’t want to stop with two…

Don’t worry…these adorable pumpkins make great table decorations, pin cushions, gifts….

Then we can try them in red…

Next week:  A FREE MOTION quilt Tuesday Tutorial–Promise!

Happy Stitching from my Pumpkin Patch to YOURS!


PS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, pin or share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

52 thoughts on “Tuesday Tutorial-The Pumpkin Pin Cushion

  1. Love the pumpkin pin cushion! Thank you for the great pictures, they really make it helpful to follow along and demystify the process. Looking forward to making one with my sister.

  2. So darn cute! Love the gnarly sticks and vines you added. I have to find an area to go for a walk and find some too. It just adds so much to the pumpkins.

  3. Thank you for the suggestion to use a “gnarly stick” for the stem. There are just tons of tutorials online for pumpkins (i.e. velvet, etc.) that say, “glue a pumpkin stem” to the top! Where do you buy pumpkin stems????? Thank you very much, I will look for gnarly sticks. Those, I can find.

  4. Love your pumpkins! Carla is also excited to make these. When you finish your pumpkin pincushion and to add more pumpkin to your life- add pumpking puree, cinnamon and a little sugar to vanilla yogurt. Sit back and enjoy your pumpkin patch!

  5. When I make pin cushions I like to stuff them with crushed walnut shells which you find at pet supply stores (in the bird or lizard sections. Thank you for your version of the pumpkin.

  6. In the Fiskars tut they just ran the thread through the center and down the middle. Did you sew the lines on these? They look more real and neater the way you did them and I agree with stuffing through the top. We can always count on you to make things better, easier and more fun! Thanks Lori!

  7. Very cute. If you are a vegetable gardener you nay be able to break off the stems of your smallest butternut squash and use those as your pumpkin stem !!!

  8. Lori, I searched your blog for a tute for those leaves but couldn’t find one – did I miss it? I will try to wing it but your tutorials are so detailed so I was hoping to find step-by-step instructions. Thank you!

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  12. thanks for posting this year, so very cute, and easy…maybe AFTER one of the projects in the notebook is finished….will be great for Thanksgiving

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