If you want a really quick, easy and fun project to work on when you need a break away from a large project, try your hand at one of these little pincushions. They’re a great way to use up scrap yarn, and they also make sweet gifts for your stitching pals!
Materials for both versions
Yarn: various colours of Bernat Handicrafter cotton
Crochet hook: 5 mm
Bit of Fiberfill stuffing
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Row 1: single crochet (sc) in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn.
Row 2: ch 1; sc in same space; sc in each sc across. Turn
Repeat Row 2 five more times, or until you’ve got an even square. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Pincushion back: Repeat above (I used a different color for the back, just to change things up.)
Take your two squares and place the wrong sides together (right sides facing out). Use a contrasting color of yarn and sc to seam the squares together (this kills two birds with one stone—seams the squares together plus adds a pretty border around the edges). Once three sides have been seamed, stuff with a bit of Fiberfill, then continue to seam the last side closed.
Crochet a couple of little roses and leaves (lots of patterns available online!) and sew them to the top to decorate your pincushion.
Then seam two strips of two squares together using the same border/seaming instructions as above. Next, seam the two strips together along the non-bordered sides.
Set your square of tiny grannies aside, and make a backing square in a contrasting color.
Then, place the wrong sides of your squares together (right sides facing out), and seam edges together/stuff with fiberfill as per the instructions for the first pincushion.