by Debbie Vechter
As promised, here is the second pincushion tutorial for making the
pear pincushion. If necesssary, please refer to “Are You Looking For
Ideas?” published Oct. 14, 2008.
* Pear section template
* Pear leaf template
* Fabric of your choice for pear, leaf and stem
* Fiberfill stuffing
1. The pear template is easy to draw yourself, in fact, once you make
your first pear pincushion, you may wish to vary your template a bit
for different sizes and form. The template can be whatever size you
like. From your pear section template trace 6 sections.
2. From your leaf template cut 2 leaves.
3. To sew the leaf together, place the right sides together, wrong
sides out, sew around the edge, leaving an opening so that you can
turn it to the right side. Turn so that right sides are out. Sew the
4. Sew leaf veins on the leaf top to give it a more ‘realistic’ look.
5. To make the stem cut a rectangle double the length of what you want
the length of the stem to be. If you want your stem to be 1.5 inches,
cut a piece about 3″ X 1.5″. Fold the rectangle in half with the
folded edge being the top. Roll the stem making sure the folded edge
is at the top. When you get to the last part of the rolling, fold the
edge in and finger press down. Hand sew the open edge to close the
length. Now you will have a cylindrical stem that is 1.5″ long.
6. Sew 3 sections of the pear together starting with the middle piece
and sewing a section on to each side. Repeat with the remaining 3
7. Sew the stem and leaf to the top (narrow end of one of the pear
8. With right sides together sew one half of the pear to the other
making sure to close the top.
9. With right sides together sew the last side together leaving a
small opening at the bottom for turning.
10. Turn the pear right side out and stuff through the bottom opening.
You can use a ‘pusher’ to get the stuffing up to the top of the pear
and to help get consistency and firmness you like.
11. Cut a circle of fabric big enough to cover the bottom opening.
Finger press about 1/8″ of the outside edge towards the center so you
don’t have the raw edge showing.
12. Sew over the opening at the bottom. It will just look like the
flower end of the pear.