Sewing Tutorial: Turtle Pincushion {With Pattern}

Turtle PinCushion Combo - Carrying Greeny on top

Turtle PinCushion Combo - Carrying Greeny on top

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As written here a few weeks ago that I have a new plan for Greeny & Pinky – the turtle pincushion pattern, I keep my promise and make good of it….. ***drum roll****  Please welcome…..

COMBO Turtle Pincushion with Sewing Kit

There are compartments to keep scissor, thread and some sewing needles in a proper place [Click "Next" on the photo browser above, picture 5 shows the compartments, or you can scroll down to see the step by step photos below]. It even has a pair of needle finding flippers.

This combo version is doubled the size of the original, but all you need to do is just enlarge the pattern to 200%. Quilters and sewers will find this Combo Turtle Pincushion very useful as it keeps the sewing essential together so it is mobile to bring it anywhere for your quilting project. You can also sew this as a soft toy or plush toy for kids, but you may want to replace the beaded eyes to embroidery eye for safety purpose. It can even be a fridge magnet to decorate your dining area, get a strong magnet for the body.  I know there are a lot turtle lovers out there who collect various type of turtle as souvenir. Sew it for yourself or as a gift, I am sure you are going to have fun :)

Previously, I gave out the Greeny & Pinky turtle pincushion pattern upon request. As Craft Passion’s traffic growing over the months so do the requests, I can no longer email it out manually, so…. I make it available for free download here to save my time for other creations.

In this tutorial, there are 2 versions of turtle pincushions you can make:
1.To make a smaller felted body version of Greeny & Pinky, use the written instruction below.

2.To make the Combo version as shown on the pictures above, use the step by step photos after the written instructions.

Anyway, since they are inter-related, you can see the photos and instructions as reference too.

Before you proceed, please download the pattern and check for the scale [2cm = 25/32"]. Don’t forget to enlarge it to 200% for COMBO version, when you use a ruler to measure the 2cm scale, it is in fact 4cm in reading.

Oh, by the way if you would like to know where the scenery is…. I brought both turtles to the beautiful beach in Penang / Malaysia for photography, the experience was great!!! I found some “visitors” on the beach too….check them out by clicking the “Next” button on the photo browser!!!

turtle pincushion

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  1. Love this post with tutorial. I have a suggestion for a name “Tasky Turtle” My daughter loves and collects turtles so I will be making this for her sewing box. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you, thank you so much… I will do this next month but I’m so happy. 2 other turtles in my collection and I can use them. wonderful!

  3. I can not get the pdf to open it says it is Adobe says the file is damaged.

    • Just realized that one of the free pattern links is broken. I have fixed it, please try and see if you can get the file. By the way, the file will be opened in new tab, so please allow it to open if your browser blocked it.

  4. Hola: Estoy impresionada con el combo esta bellisima la tortuga. Es super original ademas que tiene para poner todo.
    En cuanto al nombre se me ocurre Edilasio no se porque pero es solo una sugerencia.
    Besitos.

    Translation (by Google):
    Hello, I am impressed with this beautiful turtle combo. It’s original super also has to put everything.
    As for the name I can think Edilasio not know why but it’s just a suggestion.
    Besitos.

  5. Well worth the wait. Thanks I am not good with putting names on anything. So good luck. There is some very creative minds out there. Thanks again. Keep up all the good work that you do. Barbara Ann

  6. Wow! Very cute! and very tedious work! I think I won’t be able to do it as neat as you did! Great job! :D

  7. This is so, SO adorable! Thanks you so much for all of the hard work that I know went into these little guys. They’re amazing! I’ll be linking. And as for the sex? This magnificent multitasker has to be a girl. =) Helper Honu? Hattie Honu? Hmm… I might need to think about it. =)

  8. This is the cutest thing ever! How can my little plastic pin box even compete with this colorful, cute alternative!

  9. Oh my. She couldn’t be any cuter. I HAVE to make this.

  10. This is brilliant! Could you come to my party and link to this as well! Hope to see you there! Sun-Wed @creativejewishmom.com all the best, and keep the great projects coming!

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  12. trop trop belle la maman tortue et son bébé je voudrais en faire une pour moi une pour ma fille ainsi que ma petite niaise car je leur fais découvrir la couture et la broderie et avec une si jolie trousse à couture je ne vais pas avoir de problème serait il possible d’avoir le patron ainsi que les explications
    amitié

    Translation (by Google):
    too too beautiful mother turtle and baby I want to make one for me one for my daughter and that my little silly because I make them learn sewing and embroidery with a sewing kit so pretty I will not be a problem is it possible to have the pattern and the explanations
    friendship

  13. This is incredibly cute! My children and I are all admiring it. I think it would make a wonderful gift. The baby really adds to it too.

    I am new to your site (I was googling rugs) and am very impressed. I am sure I will visit again.

  14. Hmmmm….. A good name. I can’t think of one, but I’m thinking something to do with Momma and baby.
    I’m so sewing this soon. And ironically enough I have the magnets already.

  15. Ohh Joann these are SO CUTE!!!

  16. Totally cute. Thanks for sharing a great idea and tutorial.

  17. Hi!!
    I’m from spain and I like your usefully website
    Congratulations.
    I’ll follow you ever
    Alfon

  18. Bonjour,
    Merci beaucoup pour ce tuto et votre merveilleux travail. Une amie collectionne les tortues, je vais en fabriquer une pour elle.
    Cordialement.

    Translation (by Google):
    Welcome,
    Thank you very much for this tutorial and your wonderful work. A friend collects turtles, I’ll make one for her.
    Regards.

  19. Very cute!

    As far as a name, it looks like a “Tuga”(as in ‘tortuga’). I guess that would make it a female?

  20. cool love this turtle and great tutorial. Thank you. Found you on SU..

    Susie from
    I Just Love That Fabric

  21. Hi, Im from Patagonia Argentina, love the turtle. My 3 year son so the picture and asked me to make one!! Very fun and easy, he helpt stuff it, he is playing whit it this verry moment. When I asked his to mane it he just replyed “Tortuguita”. Thank you for sharing this fabolus idea.

  22. SUPER SWEET! Really, simply adorable. Too cute to poke with pins! LOL! Thanks for sharing … I’ve posted a link.

  23. Absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to make one for myself. Maybe you could sew 2 magnets into the middle hexagons so that Greeny and Pinky could be pin magnets instead of pin-“cushions” and your DH won’t feel so bad for the little guys!

  24. Thank you for this post! They are absolutely adorable! I cannot wait to make one or, ten! I have a feeling this is going to be addictive! (I want them to come with a walking fish; he was completely cute).

  25. Wauw lovely tutorial, thanks for sharing! :D, I made it yesterday and I’m really really like him! I have some pictures of the turtle on my blog.

  26. can’t wait to make my own

  27. absolutely adorable! ^_^ and your scissors are wicked cute!…

  28. you should make a spider one so the thread coming out of his butt would make sense.

  29. I love this! I made one for myself using your tutorial. I posted pictures on my blog here: http://punkprojects.blogspot.com/2011/01/cutest-little-turtle-pincushion.html

    -Katie

  30. Hello from Wisconsin USA Love the pattern for the large turtle but can’t get it to print out the full instructions. It prints all of the comments about 14 pages and prints instructions except pages 1 to 7. It will not enlarge to 200% and print it. I know you said you could not mail out instructions, but if I was to mail you the money to do so, could you do it?? Thanks if its possible and understand if its not. Kay

  31. I love everything U make, all your work is so cute, neat,
    thank U so much for sharing and making my day with your pretty handmade things

  32. Wow! Semplicemente formidabile! ♥♥♥

    Translation (by Google):
    Wow! Simply amazing! ♥ ♥ ♥

  33. many thanks for this sweet turtle!!!

    bye idefix :)

  34. Elle est adorable cette tortue et si pratique!

    Translation (by Google):
    She is adorable and so practical that turtle!

  35. Hi, I think your creation is fantastic. I’ve half made it – and discovered there is no pattern for the actual body of the turtle – just the shell and head and flippers.
    Can you tell me the measurements of it please…would be sooooooo grateful!
    Alison

  36. Well of course this is a girl and her name is Tammy Turtle! I love it!

  37. I have finished greeny today. It is so cute I am now going to make pinky.
    I found it easier to draw the pattern on the back of the fabric for the turtle sew then cut out with the seam allowance, it made it easier to feed through the machine.

    Is there a way to send a picture of the finished turtles?

  38. We use the basic pattern to make a sea turtle for a school science project. We blew the pattern up 300% at Office Depot and used appropriate material for the various sections of the body and shell. We did not put the hex pieces together like shown, we kept them seperate to be close to what a real sea turtle would look like. Great father/daughter project. This was a good project to introduce my daughter to a sewing machine as well as detailed hand stiching. We spent about two weeks of every couple days doing 1-2 hour sessions to complete this.

  39. This was so cute I had to feature it on my turtle blog today. I can’t wait until my daughter is a little older so we can try making this together. :)

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  41. thank you for making the cutest thing ever and for doing a tutorial on it!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!

  42. Hello que esta es lamanualidad mas hermosa que visto es divina Gracias mi
    l gracias

    Translation (by Google):
    Lamanualidad Hello this is more beautiful than I have seen is divine Thanks
    l thanks

  43. i am going to use the turtle for a Christmas Pincushion Exchange at our Quilt Guild.

  44. I absolutely love this turtle! It has a place for everything! I like to watch TV when I am pinning sometimes and having all of your items right next to you is perfection!! I love it!!

  45. The hexagon pieces for the turtle – The instructions say to baste the fabric to the cardboard. But how do you remove the cardboard if you’ve baste stitched it to the fabric? I’m not understanding. Can you help?

  46. Do I need to add a 3/8 seam allowance or is it already built into the pattern. I printed it at 200% but it seems like when I blanket stitch, the legs are too small to stuff (very skinny). Should I have added the 3/8″ after printing the pattern then blanket stitch?

  47. I absolutely love love love the turtle that is shown and unfortunately I can’t sew it but I would love to buy him, is it possible ? pretty please with turtle sugar on it?

  48. how about Pokey?

  49. this is very cute!! thank you for the tutorial and pdf pattern.

  50. What are the magnets in the flippers for? I have been trying to figure that out.

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