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Sweet Strawberry Pincushion Tutorial


I’ve been on a bit of a pincushion kick lately.  Today I’ll show you how to make a darling little strawberry with a couple of great tools.  These are so quick and easy to make!  My daughter and her best friend made the “blueberries” (as pictured in the top of the picture above).


Let’s get started!  You will need:


A 4 1/2 inch square of red or pink fabric, a 2 1/2 by 7 inch scrap of green fabric, stuffing, a Clover heart shaped yo-yo maker (I used the large size), a small Kanzashi flower maker (daisy, pointed or gathered shape), a bottle cap (found in the jewelry section of most craft stores), a ball chain or ribbon, hot glue, hand sewing needle, strong thread and thimble

1. Make a heart yo-yo according to the Clover instructions, using the square of red fabric and a LONG thread, and stopping once you’ve partly gathered the yo-yo.


HINT:  you can use the outer part of the yo-yo maker to “fussy cut” a motif on the center of your strawberry.


2.  Fill the yo-yo with about a silver dollar sized wad of batting.  Be sure to get batting in the curved upper part of the heart.


3. Gather the stitching tightly, and knot the thread near the opening on the yo-yo (it’s okay if the batting shows here, just focus on a pretty shaped heart from the other side).



4.  Make three Kanzashi petals from the green fabric.  The second picture in this step shows how the pointed, daisy, and gathered petals look, respectively.

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5. Hand sew the petals to the back of the strawberry.


6. Hot glue the strawberry to the bottle cap.  HINT:  Place the bottle cap on a flat surface.  Apply hot glue to the back of the yo-yo and petals, then press firmly onto the bottle cap.  Resist the urge to pick up the bottle cap and press it to the petal, because hot glue + metal= burned fingers.  Don’t ask how I know this!


7. Attach a ball chain or ribbon to the loop on the bottle cap, fasten to your sewing box, and you’re ready to roll!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If strawberries aren’t your thing, check back early next week for another cute pincushion tutorial.

Happy Stitching!




  1. Hillary says:

    I can see why you are on a pincushion kick- so darn cute!!!! (And at 1:3o a.m. It tooke a second to figure out hth- time for sleep… =0)

  2. Elizabeth says:

    So fun! And, little miss was excited to see them!!! Hers has gotten a workout already. Such a creative idea!

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