Free Pattern- Halfsies Pincushions (Three designs)

A pincushion is every sewers best friend and constant companion. Its always right there beside you as a safe place for all your pins and needles while you work. They are usually sweet, versatile and dependable, just like our mums and as Mother's Day is next week, I thought I'd share a little free pattern with you that would be perfect to pop in your present for that sewing mum or to make for yourself. Here are my simply adorable, Halfsies Pincushions:
I have lots of patchwork and stitched pincushions but I have this weird idiosyncrasy of not wanting to stick pins into pretty patchwork or stitcheries. The solution for me was to design these "halfsies" so I can jab the pins into the linen half and still be able to admire the pretty patchwork half without lots of pinholes in the fabric (I told you it was weird).
I designed three Halfsies Pincushions for you and each design is paper pieced to make them quick, easy and accurate to sew. You can chose between the Lady of the Lake, Variable Sawtooth Star and Pineapple blocks for these pincushions and they are great stashbuster projects. They don't take long to make and I have to tell you, paper piecing half of a Pineapple block, is lots of fun. :)
They finish at 5" square, making them a generous size so you wont lose them on your cutting or sewing table and they make a pretty addition to your sewing bag.
I used a lovely charcoal Essex linen on the plain side and also on the backs of the pincushions. I love sewing with this linen as its adds a warm and inviting element to the designs. I can happily stick my pins in the linen and leave the patchwork half untouched.
I quilted the linen half with 1/2" spaced diagonal lines and I stippled the patchwork half with some free motion swirls to give them some lovely texture.
If your mum's a sewer like mine, she's going to love one of these as part of her Mother's Day gift. Choose the design you love, pick some gorgeous fabrics and make her a handmade gift that is useful, pretty and offers her a safe place for all her pins and needles as she sews. Or make all three, just make sure you make one for yourself :)
I used a mix of Bonnie and Camille fabrics but of course they will look lovely in any fabric or colour combination. You could use a solid homespun instead of the linen or showcase a lovely large print fabric and sew the patchwork half in some coordinating solids. The possibilities are endless.
The free pattern includes full instructions and full sized paper piecing templates for each design, plus a few tips along the way including options for filling your pincushions. I used Hobby Fill for my pincushions but there are lots of other options that can help keep your pins and needles sharp, make your pincushion fragrant or a great use of scraps and trimmings. I've listed them in the pattern so you have them for future reference.
I've also included a section on adding some little extras to the pincushions, to make them even more special and unique.
If you would like to make a Halfsies Pincushion for your mum, or any mum who sews this Mother's Day, you can download my free pattern HERE.
Have fun with them and happy sewing :)


  1. They are beautiful Rose. Love them. I was hoping they were pincushions from your sneaky peek. Hugs, xx

  2. Yours are certainly gorgeous! I need to make a pincushion for someone, and have been dithering on which one to make. I think my dither is over now! Thank you for the free pattern.

  3. Hi Rose, thank you for this great pattern. Like you I dont like to stick pins into pretty pincushions and you have come up with a great idea. Thanks again. Guida


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