Turtle Pincushion Sewing Pattern

turtle pincushion pattern

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.

pin finder

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 🙂

turtle sewing kit pattern

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.

turtle pincushion pattern

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

{CLICK HERE to get the Turtle Pincushion Sewing Pattern and Tutorial.}

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  1. Очень хорошенькая!Спасибо!

    Translation (by Google):
    Very pretty, thanks!

  2. awesome turtle!!!!!! It is the cutest sewing kit I have ever seen!!! I am making this for my best friend ASAP! I think u should name him torty 🙂

  3. This rocks and you rock for doing it!

  4. Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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  5. Just stumbled onto your site and I love it! I look forward to many hours creating with the wonderful patterns you provide. Thank you for putting out quality for those of us who love sewing and creating!

  6. Love this! I would call it Snappy, as in “I would like turtle soup and make it snappy (from a snapping turtle)!” or because this project can be made snappy, as in quick. I am now trying to figure out how to attach is to my sewing area so it doesn’t crawl away. Thank you for the great tutorial.

  7. Super cute! Id call them Stitchy and Patchy 🙂 I’ll have to try this with my daughter!

  8. How cute. How about “Happy Jack Got Your Back”

  9. I’m probably late on this…just found your website. But I’d name him POKEY. He is darling. Notice – male

    I’m going to make one of these now!

    Thank you for the wonderfully cute pattern!


  10. Where are the pattern pieces located?

  11. In aboriginal cultures the Turtle represents Mother Earth. The beautiful turtle here is strong, carries a heavy load and truly represents the Turtle spirit. I think she should have a strong name representing the Earth, strength or beauty. Abha is a name meaning beauty, Ajala means earth, Maliha or Mali means beauty and strength.

    Mali would be my personal choice.

    Thank you for a beautiful and useful pattern. This will be very useful to hold my beading needles, leather scissors and more.

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  13. J’adore ,je vous remercie pour ce tuto encore merci.

    Translation (by Google):
    I love, thank you for this tutorial thank you again.

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  16. I can’t seem to find any place to enlarge 200%. I can’t copy and paste on to another program that I can enlarge. How do you enlarge this? Soooo cute.

  17. This is so cute and functional. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern and instructions. I would call him my “Sewing Buddy” 🙂

  18. Hi Joanne. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful and cute patterns. I am inspired to make a few of these. Cheers

  19. Okay, got the pattern enlarged. Two more questions. (sorry) What are the magnets used for? And 2nd question, I assume I need to add a 3/8″ seam allowance to my pattern pieces. (for the bigger turtle) I am soooo excited. I am making this for my cousin as a surprise. She is always there for me. Thank you.

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  21. Please set your site up for printing of the patterns and photos, etc. without getting the whole site page, including popups. The current site requires printing the whole screen which renders the pattern instructions quite small and harder to read.
    Great patterns!

    • There is a print button at the end of the tutorial (before comment section. Use that print button and it will let you select what you want to print and you could save it in PDF documents too. The button has been there long time ago.

  22. if you have not named the turtle yet how about Mendy* or Taylor or Hemmingway* or

  23. Brilliant design esp as i love making soft toys. this was perfect for my sewing kit though i have made mine from denim to insure it lasts longer, iv put my toymakers needles in the top of the body through a strip of leather and my scissors on the belly of the turtle also in a toughend lether pouch, so i have filled both sides of the shell with flanel matereal as it wont break down over time, i can store my pins in the bottem shell and use the top shell as a pin cushon when i need to i just wish i had found this sooner 🙂

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  25. Thanks a lot for the nice tutorial! I can’t wait to get home and start working on it 🙂

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  27. Hello.I am kind of new to quilting and sewing,so I need to be sure that I have understood the pattern clearly.I want to make the turtle pincushion now and I wanted to ask several things before I start:
    1) There isnt any felt material available (for fabric x)where I live can I just use another cotton fabric?
    2)For making the pincushion we dont need to use the combo pattern 200% one,do we?Do I just use the regular sized pattern as we print it,right?
    3)what does it mean when you say ‘prepare 10 pieces of pattern H cupboards for hexagon quilting,” I am not familiar with the term cupboard?
    I do hope you will reply to my post,as I really want to make the pincushion .thank you in advance!

    • Hi Hani, I will try to answer your question and if I missed out anything or didn’t answer you correctly, please pardon me.
      1. If you are going to use cotton fabric to sew the small turtle, I am afraid that it will be a little too small for you to turn all the part right side out nicely after sewing up. If you are going to sew with fabrics, you will need to add seam allowance on the pattern, add at least ¼” for the seam allowance.
      2. Yes, you may make a small one by not enlarging the pattern, but as explained in answer 1, you may have difficulty in turning all the parts right side out nicely, provided you hand sewn it from the right side.
      3. Cupboards are card template for making hexagon quilting.
      Hope I have answered all your question correctly. Happy quilting and sewing 🙂

  28. New to this . so forgive me. Where is the body pattern? Do I just use the bottom shell? Thank you. Kathy

  29. So cute! My granddaughter loves turtles! Can these be made and sold at craft fairs, etc?

  30. what are the magnets for ? in the top & flippers

  31. Love this little turtle, the instructions are very vague and hard to understand though.

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