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Turtle Pincushion – Greeny & Pinky

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greeny turtle pincushion

Update!!! (April 21, 2010)
The pattern is available for free download, click here to get it.

Did you get it right? [click here to see the question]. Yup, the hexagon quilt is for the back of my little turtle pincushion. Let me introduce ***drum roll***** WELCOME, Ms.Pinky and Mr. Greeny!!!

I created Greeny as an experiment, if you go back to my hexagon quilt tutorial post, you will see Greeny is hiding in the background as I photographed the steps. From idea to paper to sewing, and finally, the birth of my turtle pincushion, I created my first sea creature. The project went on smoothly, and I never thought I could be successful in the first trial. Lucky me, I think!

The toughest part of the hexagon quilting is the fabric matching part. I sat in my craft room with my pile of fabrics around me ***matching matching matching***, half a day had gone by, and I still can’t make up my mind about which color theme to choose. Finally, I decided to have a green male turtle, this is how Greeny was created and got his name!

sew turtle

Draw, draw, draw, cut, cut, cut and sew, sew, sew… taa daa…. here he is, exactly like what I had in mind! Yippy yah yah yah!!!

He is so cute that I couldn’t help myself and wanted to make another one. Mmmm, maybe I should make one for my sister. She is as “crafty” like me, and her work is so fine that every piece made is perfect. I will add her works to my blog to share with you all, and I hope she will grant me permission to do so.

greeny turtle pincushion

Ok, coming back to my turtle tale: — Since Greeny is a male turtle, I want to make him a girlfriend [they ended up apart when I gave her away to my sister, sob, sob, sob.

What color symbolize feminity? ***Pink***, yeah!!! I have some left-over pink felt from Chi-Chai Monchan felting that I had used as a part of the purse for my friend Sumay.

Sew, sew, sew… Pinky is hatched!!!

Pinky is the improved version of Greeny, I made a bottom shell for her, which Greeny doesn’t have. I even machine-sew her back for 2 more circles to add more dimension. She has bigger eyes, she even has eyelashes on them, but it is too short to see in the photos :p

Ouch, ouch, ouch!!! Hubby said that I was too heartless, poking needles into them. Wouldn’t I feel their pain? They are pincushions, after all!!! So, I decided to fully utilize them by poking more pins into them… Ouch, ouch, ouch!!!

greeny turtle pincushion

I know that some of you are searching up and down for this paper pattern throughout my blog. Well, I intended to give the paper pattern away free long ago, but I am still in the process of converting my ugly hand draft copy into an electronic copy I managed to redraw the pattern properly, scanned and inserted it into the instruction sheet, so it looks so much better now than my draft copy. Shame to tell you that I haven’t started learning the software yet, so it is going to take a while before I can publish it on my blog, is there anyone out there who could help me to draw one that is neat and professional look? Meanwhile, if you really want the paper pattern of my ugly hand draft version beautifully drawn version, please contact me or write a comment below and tell me what is your plan after making this cute turtle pin cushion, as a gift, for charity, for your own use, or something else, I will email it to you as soon as I can… Please bear in mind that this turtle pin cushion is my original design, and it is only meant for personal and hobby use. Please don’t sell my paper pattern or the handmade created from my paper pattern for commercial trade.

Update!!! (March 29 2010)
I will make a tutorial on this turtle pincushion with a blown-up size…. the paper pattern will be there for you to download. Expecting to post it next month, so please stay tuned. While waiting for it, please do 1 of the following or all of them to get updates sent to your screen so that you don’t have to worry if you missed them.

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Update!!! (April 21, 2010)
The pattern is available for free download in the later post; click here to go there.

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Dorothea Mitchel

Thursday 18th of September 2014

I am anxious to make the turtle. I am making pin cushions for our church bazaar in early October and would like to make the turtle as a pin cushion. That means it would eventually be sold. If that is against your policy, please advise. I definitely wish to make one for myself. Since I can no longer drive, I will also make extras for gifts to those who give me rides. Even those who do not sew have a need for safety pins in various sizes. I look forward to hearing from you.

Craft Passion

Thursday 25th of September 2014

I have no problem that you sell them as they are your handmade :)

Monik Sampaio

Sunday 19th of May 2013

Adorei a tarataruga, adoraria saber como foi feita a parte de baixo. Se poder mandar molde da sua melhor obrigada. Achei linda adoraria fazer pra mim. Obrigada.

Translation (by Google): Loved the tarataruga, love to know how it was done the bottom. If you could send your best mold required. I love to make me beautiful. Thank you.

Craft Passion

Monday 20th of May 2013

Hi Monik, there is a link to the tutorial within the page. Good luck and have fun sewing it :)


Sunday 28th of April 2013

my daughter (11)and I are making the turtle right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

Craft Passion

Monday 29th of April 2013

That is so sweet to sew it with your daughter :)

Linda Matthews

Saturday 30th of March 2013

I just love your turtle pincushion pattern tutorial. It is wonderful, and thanks for the detailed directions. I am going to make the attempt and make one of these for myself. Thank you for sharing!


Tuesday 30th of October 2012

Hi I have seen one of your turtle pin cushions in my sewing class. I would really love to make one for myself and my friend. Would it be possible to send me your pattern? Many thanks Maggy

Craft Passion

Tuesday 30th of October 2012

There is a link within the post that will bring you to the updated pattern and tutorial page. Thanks for liking the turtle :)