A Felt Pear Pin Cushion

A Felt Pear Pin Cushion

I’m always looking for simple and easy to sew ‘pin cushion’ projects. Because I really LOVE pin cushions! Being a huge fan of wool felt, I love making anything with this amazing medium. This pear pin cushion was a fun sew. I even added a sweet little birdie pin.

Felt Pear Pin Cushion Tutorial from Molly and Mama

~ UPDATE – 12th July, 2016 ~

In the process of ‘researching’ on Pinterest, I came across a free template for a felt pear. It was included here with a tutorial, as I couldn’t find any details to credit the designer of such a cute pattern. However, it was very kindly brought to my attention that the template was actually from Heather Bailey’s gorgeous pattern ‘Fresh Picked Pin Cushions’. Now I’m all about supporting hand maidens and their hard work, so I’ve altered this post, and removed the pin cushion instructions. I’d much rather you support Heather and  purchase her pattern HERE.

Heather’s pear is made with fabric, but you know me and felt!! Here’s a few images showing the details of the pin cushion I made.

Cute little felt pear tutorial by Molly and Mama

Make a Felt Pear - Tutorial by Molly and Mama

After I finished making this pretty pin cushion, I decided that something was missing! So I thought it best to create a special little decorative pin to go with it. This little birdie is tiny, but very simple to create.

Birdie Pin used in the Felt Pear Pin Cushion tutorial by Molly and Mama

I simply cut out two birdie shapes in pale pink felt and two matching dark pink wings. Using two strands of embroidery cotton, I straight stitched the wings onto the outside of the two matching body pieces first. (Be sure they are placed in the same position and match up on both body pieces.) I created the ‘eyes’ by stitching a french knot on each piece with chocolate thread.

I then pinned the body pieces together and blanket stitched them, starting at the base of the bird shape (where the pin would go). When I had a 1/2 inch left of stitching to go, I used the tip of the scissors to manoeuvre a small amount of stuffing inside. I popped the head of one of my pins inside too, and continued to blanket stitch up the seam. I secured my threads well, and my little birdie was ready for her new home.

Make a felt pear by Molly and Mama

Completing this project really got me thinking about working with wool felt. I’ve shared my favourite tips HERE. I also got thinking about other cute pin toppers that could be hand stitched for pin cushions. I created an adorable mini cloud one to go with the Sleepy Cloud Pin Cushion Pattern. The Mini Cloud Pin Topper is a free tutorial too!

Sleepy Cloud Felt Pin Cushion Pattern by Molly and Mama

For more Pinterest inspiration visit my Pin Cushions and Plushies board. Follow along if you like, because there’s so many creative people out there, who make such wonderful things! And I love finding them all for you!

Happy stitching, Lauren.

This post was written by Lauren Wright of Molly and Mama http://www.MollyandMama.com.au 

You can sew Miss Molly too. See her instant download pattern HEREMiss Molly Pin Cushion Pattern by Molly and Mama

74 Comments

  • by Jessie Stracener
    Posted 31 May 2014 8:38 pm 0Likes

    That is really cute! I love the bird.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 2 June 2014 9:05 am 0Likes

      Thanks Jessie! I like the bird too!

  • by stacey morales… from a box
    Posted 3 June 2014 3:04 pm 0Likes

    ah, i like that! so much detail, especially the little birdy. thanks for sharing!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 3 June 2014 4:38 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Stacey! I’m dreaming up some new felt pin toppers now. So hopefully I’ve have more to share soon!

  • by Chelsea
    Posted 3 June 2014 11:20 pm 0Likes

    Super cute. Great for some summer decor.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 4 June 2014 12:26 pm 0Likes

      Thanks Chelsea! A whole bowl full would be cute, wouldn’t it?

  • by sewmaris
    Posted 4 June 2014 2:56 pm 0Likes

    Super sweet little pear, Lauren!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 6 June 2014 1:50 pm 0Likes

      Thanks Maris. I loved this project!

  • by Amy Mayen
    Posted 5 June 2014 1:57 am 0Likes

    Oh my gosh. Just adorable! Thanks for the tut & pattern- I’m pinning g it!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 6 June 2014 1:50 pm 0Likes

      You’re welcome Amy. It’s a terrific tutorial to pin for when you need a portable project!

  • by BIG TED little ted
    Posted 5 June 2014 10:07 am 0Likes

    Sew cute! Mine would never be that neat.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 6 June 2014 1:48 pm 0Likes

      Thanks. It just takes a little bit of practise!

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  • by Roy & Nancy “Our Peaceful Planet”
    Posted 7 June 2014 7:03 pm 0Likes

    You do beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Nancy Ü

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 7 June 2014 8:44 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Nancy. That’s so kind!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 June 2014 5:23 pm 0Likes

      Thank you for your lovely comment Nancy. It’s so lovely hearing from readers!

  • by Roy & Nancy “Our Peaceful Planet”
    Posted 7 June 2014 7:03 pm 0Likes

    You do beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Nancy Ü

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 7 June 2014 8:44 pm 0Likes

      Thank you Nancy. That’s so kind!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 June 2014 5:23 pm 0Likes

      Thank you for your lovely comment Nancy. It’s so lovely hearing from readers!

  • by val
    Posted 10 June 2014 5:24 am 0Likes

    great project! I’m going to make mine with emery and use it as a needle keeper

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 June 2014 5:22 pm 0Likes

      Great idea Val. A cute way to keep your needles sharp, for sure!

  • by val
    Posted 10 June 2014 5:24 am 0Likes

    great project! I’m going to make mine with emery and use it as a needle keeper

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 June 2014 5:22 pm 0Likes

      Great idea Val. A cute way to keep your needles sharp, for sure!

  • by Jackie Bisley
    Posted 12 June 2014 10:53 pm 0Likes

    Very Sweet! I’ve totally got stitch envy 😉 Just lovely stitching!

  • by Jackie Bisley
    Posted 12 June 2014 10:53 pm 0Likes

    Very Sweet! I’ve totally got stitch envy 😉 Just lovely stitching!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 17 June 2014 5:27 pm 0Likes

      Thanks Jackie, but your stitching is impeccable. And your work is lovely! Thanks for the feedback!

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  • by melissa @ Think Bowtique
    Posted 5 November 2014 7:29 pm 0Likes

    Sweet pear, Love, Love the little birdie.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 10:27 am 0Likes

      Thank you Melissa. I love the birdie too!

  • by melissa @ Think Bowtique
    Posted 5 November 2014 7:29 pm 0Likes

    Sweet pear, Love, Love the little birdie.

  • by melissa @ Think Bowtique
    Posted 5 November 2014 7:29 pm 0Likes

    Sweet pear, Love, Love the little birdie.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 10:27 am 0Likes

      Thank you Melissa. I love the birdie too!

  • by Lynette
    Posted 5 November 2014 10:33 pm 0Likes

    Love the pear pin cushion. What beautiful stitching you have, it is so even. Thank you for sharing.

  • by Lynette
    Posted 5 November 2014 10:33 pm 0Likes

    Love the pear pin cushion. What beautiful stitching you have, it is so even. Thank you for sharing.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 6 November 2014 6:50 am 0Likes

      Thank you for your lovely comments Lynette! Enjoy the tutorial.

  • by Mary S
    Posted 7 November 2014 12:21 am 0Likes

    Really cute pin cushions. Time to make a few for gifts Thank you.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 6:23 am 0Likes

      You’re welcome Mary. I’m glad you liked them.

  • by Mary S
    Posted 7 November 2014 12:21 am 0Likes

    Really cute pin cushions. Time to make a few for gifts Thank you.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 6:23 am 0Likes

      You’re welcome Mary. I’m glad you liked them.

  • by Kim Turley
    Posted 7 November 2014 8:58 am 0Likes

    Love, Love, LOVE IT!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 10:27 am 0Likes

      Thanks Kim!

  • by Kim Turley
    Posted 7 November 2014 8:58 am 0Likes

    Love, Love, LOVE IT!

  • by Kim Turley
    Posted 7 November 2014 8:58 am 0Likes

    Love, Love, LOVE IT!

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 10 November 2014 10:27 am 0Likes

      Thanks Kim!

  • by Booboo Modest Maiden
    Posted 15 November 2014 1:06 am 0Likes

    I was suprised how big it was. I thought it would be smaller. It is cute though. I made mine in two colors of pink and just one green leaf. I wish I had looked up how to blanket stitch but I was too excited to try and make it I just stitched it the old way. It still looks cute holding my pins. I made the bird before I finished the pear so it is tiny so I am still needing to make one again the right size.

  • by Booboo Modest Maiden
    Posted 15 November 2014 1:06 am 0Likes

    I was suprised how big it was. I thought it would be smaller. It is cute though. I made mine in two colors of pink and just one green leaf. I wish I had looked up how to blanket stitch but I was too excited to try and make it I just stitched it the old way. It still looks cute holding my pins. I made the bird before I finished the pear so it is tiny so I am still needing to make one again the right size.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 15 November 2014 7:57 am 0Likes

      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. It’s funny the simple details that we easily overlook when writing tutorials. I’ve added a bit of feedback about the template size and how it corresponds to the finished size, so thanks for your input. I’m just picturing your pin cushion with a whole flock of birds on it. How gorgeous! And your colour selection sounds lovely!

  • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
    Posted 15 November 2014 7:57 am 0Likes

    Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. It’s funny the simple details that we easily overlook when writing tutorials. I’ve added a bit of feedback about the template size and how it corresponds to the finished size, so thanks for your input. I’m just picturing your pin cushion with a whole flock of birds on it. How gorgeous! And your colour selection sounds lovely!

  • by sonia Soares
    Posted 24 November 2014 1:47 am 0Likes

    I like your projects.

  • by sonia Soares
    Posted 24 November 2014 1:47 am 0Likes

    I like your projects.

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 24 November 2014 11:14 am 0Likes

      Thanks for your lovely feedback Sonia!

  • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
    Posted 24 November 2014 11:14 am 0Likes

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Sonia!

  • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
    Posted 24 November 2014 11:14 am 0Likes

    Thanks for your lovely feedback Sonia!

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  • by tillyandfloss
    Posted 12 March 2015 1:07 am 0Likes

    Ahh I absolutely LOVE this project! So sweet! xx

  • by tillyandfloss
    Posted 12 March 2015 1:07 am 0Likes

    Ahh I absolutely LOVE this project! So sweet! xx

    • by Lauren at Molly and Mama
      Posted 12 March 2015 2:12 pm 0Likes

      Thanks so much!

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  • by Denise Ferguson
    Posted 7 May 2018 12:56 am 0Likes

    Thank you for sharing the sweet pear pin cushion. Pears are such a great color & shape — one of nature’s great treats for the eyes.

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