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Sunny Day Dresden Pincushion

Pincushions are such a fun, quick and useful project. Great to use at your sewing machine or to give as a gift for a stitch-loving friend! Our Sunny Day Dresden Pinnie is nice and heavy because it’s filled with both crushed walnut shells and rice. The shells are perfect for holding pins secure and the rice adds a nice weight to the pincushion. It will sit on top of your machine or on the bed of your machine without flipping over or falling off.


This is an adorable pinnie to keep for yourself or make for a friend!

Sunny Day Dresden Pincushion!!!


Supplies needed:

Fabric for top and bottom – at least 8″ square

Fabric scraps for the dresden wedges – at least 1.5″ wide

Fabric for the side ‘loop’ – 1.5″ X 20″

Fabric for center circle – at least 3″ square

Fabric for the insert – at least 8″ square

Stabilizer for stiffening the bottom – I used Fusible Fleece

One 8″ square of batting

Roxanne's Glue Baste - It (optional)

Crushed Walnut Shells (perfect for filling pincushions) – available on Amazon

Floss or Perle cotton (optional)

1.5 cups of rice

Freezer Paper or Quilters Template Plastic for making templates

Copy the templates at 100% on your printer- the diameter of the large circle is 6.5″



1.Cut 18 dresden wedges using the wedge template

2.Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew along the wide top section using a 1/4 inch seam allowance **the stitching in small pieces will stay secure by reducing the stitch length to about 1.8 **

3.Turn the wedges right side out and gently push out the points. Press.


4. Arrange and stitch the 18 wedges together **If it is difficult to get the wedges to feed through, begin stitching a 1/4 inch down from the beginning of the seam and back stitch to the beginning. Then continue stitching as usual.**

5.Sew the first wedge to the last wedge to create a dresden circle. Press all seams in the same direction.


6.Cut a top and bottom circle using the template.

7.Glue baste or pin the dresden to the center of the top circle. Applique the dresden in place.

8.Cut a center for the dresden using the template. Trace around the template on the right side of the fabric and cut 1/4 inch outside of the drawn line.

9.Glue baste the center in place and, using needle turn applique, stitch the center in place.

10.Cut a square of batting slightly larger than the larger top circle. Quilt the top as desired. Trim the batting even with the edges and set aside.


11.Cut a circle of fusible fleece or similar stiffening stabilizer and fuse to the center of the wrong side of the bottom circle. Set aside.


12.Take the 1.5″ X 20″ piece of fabric for the side loop. Stitch the short ends together and press the seam open.


13.With right sides together pin the top circle and the side loop together. Stitch using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Ease in any fullness.


14.With right sides together, pin the bottom circle to the other raw edge of the loop.  Stitch. Leave a 4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

15.Turn the pincushion right side out and smooth all around.

16.Using the same template used for the stiffening, trace a circle on the fabric intended for the insert. With the two pieces of insert fabric stacked wrong sides facing, stitch on the drawn line, leaving a 3″ opening for filling.


17.Fill the insert with about a cup of crushed walnut shells and sew the opening closed.**you don’t need to worry about turning this insert since it will not be seen.**

18.Fit the insert into the pincushion and hold it toward the top portion of the pincushion.

19.Fill the rest of the pincushion with rice or dried pinto beans. I used 1.5 cups of rice, but fill to the desired fullness.

20.Glue baste the opening closed and then hand stitch the opening.


There you have it! An adorable Sunny Day Dresden Pincushion!

If you make a pincushion using our tutorial, be sure to hashtag it with #sunnydaydresdenpinnie

We can’t wait to see!!!