Goose Pincushion

You’ll love making this easy pincushion!

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Fat Quarter (or two 7″ x 10″ pieces)
  • Scraps of Wool Felt or Contrasting Fabric for Appliqué
  • Black Embroidery Floss
  • Soft-Fuse or other Fusible-Web


  1. Cut 1 block 5.5″ x 8.5″ to use for the back of the pincushion. We recommend using a slightly larger piece of fabric while appliquéing and embroidering, to allow for fraying and distortions. Trim to the finished size (5.5″ x 8.5″) after the appliquéing and embroidering is complete.
  2. Start by appliquéing the goose. You may applique in your favorite method, we’ve used fusible-web method (directions to follow). The “applique pieces” on the top of the template page are reversed images, for easy application. You may consider tracing the image (from the completed image near the bottom) on to the fabric for easier placement.
  3. Position the fusible-web over the picture and trace each shape. Keep the paper side up and the glue side down.
  4. Cut fusible-web loosely around each shape.
  5. Position the fusible-web design on the BACK of the fabric you’ve chosen for applique. Keep the paper side up, and the glue side down. Using a hot iron, fuse the cloth to the fusible-web.
  6. Use sharp scissors to cut out the design.
  7. Remove the paper backing from all pieces, leaving the webbed glue on the fabric.
  8. Position pieces, layering as needed, and use a hot iron to fuse all pieces to the background fabric.
  9. Finish edges using a button hold stitch, either by machine, or hand, in a matching thread.
  10. Using a back stitch, stitch the eye and leg details.
  11. Trim block to 5.5″ x 8.5″.
  12. Sew both the back and front together by placing both 5.5″ x 8.5″ pieces right sides together, and stitching 1/4″ around all sides, leaving about 1″ section unstitched for turning/stuffing.
  13. Turn pincushion right sides out. Fill with rice or ground walnut shells. Carefully stitch opening shut with a whip stitch.
  14. Finished size is approximately 5″ x 8″

Download the templates here:

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