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New Plan For Turtle Pattern

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Still, remember this turtle pincushion that I designed and made in March 2009? Now, I have a new plan for it!!!

small turtle pincushion

For over the past 6 months, I have received about 100 requests (via email and comment) for this Turtle Pincushion’s pattern [Updated with pattern link]. The request came in since I put up a “pattern available by request” update at that post in July 2009. I have sent them all out directly to the requester’s mailboxes till recently before I was attacked by the deadly virus that caused a deadly crash to my laptop.

Due to that crash, I lost most of the requestors’ emails, and all my records went haywire. If you wrote to me and I haven’t replied with the pattern, I am sorry…. As an apology, I intend to make a step-by-step tutorial on how to sew it, and I will enlarge the size and add extra features. See the photo above; those white bits at the background are the paper pattern I have expanded; go guess how big it will be 🙂 Together with the tutorial, I will make the pattern available for free download. Till then, please be patient and enjoy my other tutorial and free pattern while I get it blown up. Do either 1 or all of the following, and updates from Craft Passion will be sent to your screen directly, giving you peace of mind for not missing anything out:

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What’d others make with the free pattern I sent to them?
So far, 2 lovely sewers, Jessica and Lisa, have come back with the turtles they sewed…. thank both of them for sharing their fantastic works. Hey, it proves that my free pattern and written instructions work well even without a step-by-step photo tutorial!!!

Jessica and Lisa have been creative to modify it a little on my pattern. Jessica sewed the whole shell together with the flippers, head, and tail, while Lisa modified the body of my sea turtle to a garden turtle… both are so cute!!!

If you have sewed one with my pattern and have yet to send me photos of your work, please do so. I will put it up here to share and link back to you if you have a craft blog.


Jessica’s Turtle

small turtle pincushion

Lisa’s Garden Turtle

small turtle pincushion
small turtle
small turtle

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Jacoba Magrietha Meyer

Saturday 28th of March 2020

I just LOVE the turtle pin cushion. So gorgeous. I must try to make one to sit on my sewing machine.


Monday 28th of March 2011

Hello, I am french and my english is very bad, but can you said to me where i can have the tuto of the turtle?? I want also say you a very good tanck you for all your blog, it is very very nice. It's so lovely to doing that for us. Very nice day for you and thanks for your answer. Amitiès à vous et Merci pour votre grand coeur.

Craft Passion

Monday 28th of March 2011

This is the link to the tutorial & pattern post. Go to the post and click the pattern link and it will open the pdf file either on your new window tab or ask you to save as file. Happy sewing!

urban craft

Sunday 18th of April 2010

I love this little turtle. I want to make him for a little toy and not stick needles in him though.


Monday 5th of April 2010

The turtle is too nice to be used as pin cushion! If I ever make it one day, I will put it up as a decorative item. LOL!

Craft Passion

Monday 5th of April 2010

I have the same thought when I first sewn this turtle (the story was in that previous post), but since his mission is to become a pincushion, I have to poke it with You will see what I will do to the newest addition to my turtle pincushion :) Coming soon :)


Friday 2nd of April 2010

Hola: Me encanto la tortuguita. Es tan bonita que me da pena ponerle alfileres. Muchas gracias. Un fuerte abrazo y Feliz Pascua.

Translation (by Google) Hello, I love the turtle. It is so beautiful that I am sorry to put pins. Thank you very much. Hugs and Happy Easter.

Craft Passion

Friday 2nd of April 2010

Thanks, Doris. I also feel guilty every time I poke him with pins.