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Arm Chair Pin Cushion and Sewing Pocket Tutorial

Night is kind of the best time to sit and relax….and nothing is better for relaxing then some hand stitching.  What I find though is I loose my scissors, miss place the thread, and who knows how many buttons and other goodies are tucked in between the cushions or behind pillows.

To save a little bit of frustration, the arm chair pin cushion and sewing pocket is perfect.

pin cushion and sewing pocket tutorial

Materials Needed:

fusible fleece

backing 7″ X 20″

fabric strips- can be scrappy!

binding 2 1/4″ X 53″

2– 6 1/2″ X  6 1/2″ muslin squares

2– 6 1/2″ X  6 1/2″ fabric squares– lining for the pockets

6 1/2″ X  7″- pin cushion

polyfil stuffing

arm chair pin cushion and sewing pocket tutorial

Arm Chair Pin Cushion and Sewing Pocket Tutorial:

1)  Fuse the fusible fleece to the backing (cut to the same size)

2)  Place one strip in the center on the fleece side.  Pin in place

3)  Sew a strip to either side of the center strip.  Flip to right sides out and iron.  Continue this quilt as you go process until the whole fleece is covered.  This is a quilt as you go technique.  Trim your piece to 6 1/2″  X 19 1/2″ Set aside

quilt as you go technique

4)  Using your muslin squares as a foundation, sew strips to the other side — for the example the center of the log cabin is fussy cut fabric. Then strips are sewing around the center square.  This is similar to string piecing technique.

5)  Place the pocket lining right sides together with the pieced pocket.  Sew across the top, fold to other side, iron and stitch 1/4″ finish stitch

log cabin quilt block

6)  Pin your pockets to the ends of the long background strip.  If you have fussy cut, make sure those are facing the right way!  Stay stitch around the pocket less than a 1/4″

7)  Fold your pin cushion fabric in half the long way, right sides together and stitch

8)  Place fold in the center on the back and pin in place in the center of the large background strip.

9)  Sew this edge down

10)  Stuff the pin cushion with polyfil. Doesn’t need to be super stuffed.

stuff the pin cushion

11)  Pin and stitch the open end to the side of the background piece

12)  Sew your binding around the arm chair pin cushion and sewing pocket- you are done!

pin cushion for couch

This is perfect for folding up and taking to another room…or better yet, make one for each room that you lounge in.  A different project in each!

pin cushion and sewing pocket

The pockets aren’t deep enough to loose your stuff in there forever, but they are a good enough size to hold a pair of scissors and other sewing notions and needs for whatever project you are working on.

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arm chair sewing pocket

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15 thoughts on “Arm Chair Pin Cushion and Sewing Pocket Tutorial

  1. Kathy

    A delightful project & tutorial; however, I find your pictures/fabrics too hard to see: they are so bright & busy. I can’t make out which pieces are the pockets (the button fabric?). If I could suggest pictures of simpler fabric might be easier for some of us. You did say one for another room! 🙂

  2. Becky

    Thanks for the suggestion Kathy– I’ll put that on the list!

  3. Elizabeth Hall

    Plain holder will be great looking forward to the next one.
    Cant wait to try one.

  4. Wilma

    Love this – gotta make one for my mom. Thanks.

  5. Becky

    yay! it’s a great present.

  6. Marianne

    Will definitely be making this. Might adjust one of the pockets to accommodate cotton reels too.

  7. Amy Gardner

    So cute! I would love to know the fabrics used!

  8. Donna Hoelzel

    Thank you, such a great gift for sewers! And for me too!

  9. Giselle Zangirolimo

    Já vou fazer!
    Obrigada por compartilhar!

  10. Diane

    Thank you for a terrific idea and tutorial ! Makes a great gift as well ! This also can be adapted to knitters .

  11. Sandy

    Do you need to use fusible fleece?

  12. Wendy

    Does this roll up and tie shut for travel? I think these would be great to send in the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.

  13. Evelyn Carlson

    web page problems

  14. Evelyn Carlson

    When viewing your web page in Chrome, the header is very long and continues on each page, showing just about half a page of content, thus making it very difficult to read. I think your webpage programmer could correct this problem. Although, when viewed through Microsoft Edge, there is no problem, that isn’t what I use. Many people use Chrome and this format is a problem. I just found your website and really love it, but this formatting problem doesn’t make me want to visit often. Thanks for your attention to this.

  15. Rob Newton

    I love the idea of seeing these tutorials, but your website design is driving me nutsy. The top takes up nearly half of the screen. It would be nice to be able to click that away. Maybe your subtitles along the top could be reduced in size or something. I have a large screen on my laptop, but QUILT LIBRARY is on the second line and then there is a huge space between that and the search icon.
    The information/instructions are only in the bottom half of my screen.
    Thank you!

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