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If you’re a quilter, you inevitable end up with fabric scraps. I’m sharing a fast and easy sewing project for gifts for fellow sewists and quilters that will help use up your scraps or jelly roll strips: a pincushion and pattern weight set. Better yet, I’m sharing how you can personalize this gift to make it even more special.

Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - completed pincushion and pattern weights with sewing notions and pattern

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Recently Cricut released the newest edition to the EasyPress family, the EasyPress Mini.

Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - EasyPress Mini box

This tiny tool is perfect for keeping next to the sewing machine for pressing small seams and for transfering iron-on or heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and Infusible Ink onto smaller or harder to reach spaces.

Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - EasyPress Mini box opened

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I hate ironing so I was looking forward to trying out the EasyPress Mini. Whenever I try out a new product, I try to create a project that shows off why you would use the product so I knew I wanted to sew something scrappy and personalize it with iron-on. At about the same time, I discovered this when going through my fabric box.

Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - jelly roll strips of cut fabric

I first learned to quilt using the Make a Quilt in a Day Log Cabin book by Eleanor Burns, and because of that, I’ve always been partial to sewing quilts in strips. So, back in the day before jelly rolls were a thing, I decided to cut lots of batik cotton fabrics into 2.5” strips — basically, creating my own jelly roll. Sadly, I did not include any notes with the fabric, which I stored in its own plastic zipper bag, so I have no idea what the original plan for these strips was.

For this project, I decided to use parts of just two of these strips. If you don’t have jelly roll strips on hand, you can also use parts of two fat quarters or just leftover scraps from previous quilting or sewing projects.

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Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weight Set

Sewing Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - completed pincushion and pattern weights with sewing notions and pattern

This handmade pincushion and pattern weight set is an easy sewing project that makes a great gift for a fellow sewist and quilter, and it’s also a wonderful way to use up scraps from jelly rolls, fabric strips, or other projects. I customized my version with iron-on using the Cricut EasyPress Mini. This is the nineteenth of 25 free sewing projects by 12 bloggers in the Little Gifts Sew Along.

Finished Sizes

  • Pincushion: Approximately 2.5” (6.5 cm) diameter.
  • Pattern weights: 2” (5 cm) square before stuffing.

Tools

Materials

Instructions

Prepare and cut fabric

  • 4-patch pincushion cover: Cut a 2.5” (6.5 cm) x 4.5” (11.5 cm) piece in each of 2 colors.
  • Pattern weights (Cut 4 pieces for a set): For each pattern weight, cut a 2.5” (6.5 cm) x 8.5” (21.5 cm) piece of fabric. I cut 2 pieces from each color.

4-Patch Pincushion Cover

  • With the right sides facing, use Clover Wonder Clips to hold the 2.5” (6.5 cm) x 4.5” (11.5 cm) pieces of fabric together along the long edge.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - Wonder Clips on fabric strips
  • With cotton thread and using a 1/4″ seam, seam across the long edge.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - seaming fabric strips with Baby Lock Jubilant
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - pressing seams with EasyPress Mini
  • Cut into 2.25” (6 cm) pieces.
  • Pin the 2 pieces together, being sure to line up the center seams on the squares. 
  • With cotton thread and using a 1/4″ seam, seam into a 4-patch block.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - pincushion and 4-patch block
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - stuffing pincushion
  • Position the 4-patch piece over the fiber filling.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - adding fabric to pincushion
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - assembled pincushion
  • Position the fabric so that the seams of the 4-patch are in the center.
  • When you are satisfied with the positioning, trim the excess fabric from the bottom of the pincushion.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - back of Clover pincushion

Pattern weights (Make 4)

  • With the right sides facing, fold a 2.5” (6.5 cm) x 8.5” (21.5 cm) piece of fabric in half so the short edges are touching.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - folding fabric strip for pattern weight
  • Fold the folded piece of fabric in half again.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - folding fabric strip for pattern weight
  • With cotton thread and using a 1/4″ seam, sew 2 sides closed, keeping the side opposite the folded edge unseamed.
  • Turn the fabric right side out.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - pattern weight right side out
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - pressing seams on pattern weight
  • To personalize the pattern weights, I added the first letter of the recipient’s name.
  • If using the Cricut Maker and Cricut Iron-On, create letters in Design Space. I used the “American Uncial Com Regular” font and sized my letters to 1.5” (4 cm) width. Be sure to mirror your letters for iron-on and follow the instructions for cutting. Weed the letters and cut each letter onto an individual piece of iron-on lining.
  • If using iron-on letters, cut out your letters.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - preheating EasyPress Mini
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - preparing pattern weights for iron-on
  • When the light is green, follow the instructions to press letter to the front of each pattern weight.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - pressing iron-on onto pattern weight
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - filling pattern weight with Poly-Pellets
  • Fold the raw edges towards the inside of the pattern weight.
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - folding seam on pattern weight
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weights Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini via Underground Crafter - completed pincushion and pattern weights with sewing notions and pattern
Handmade Pincushion and Pattern Weight Set with Cricut EasyPress Mini

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