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….. the COMBO Turtle Pincushion with Sewing Kit
There are compartments to keep scissors, 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 has 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 with embroidery eye for safety purposes. 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 of turtle lovers out there who collect various types of the turtle as a 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 grows 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 in 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 a reference too.
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!!!
Download pattern and check for the scale [2cm = 25/32″]. Don’t forget to enlarge it to 200% for the COMBO version, when you use a ruler to measure the 2cm scale, it is in fact 4cm in reading.
Mini Turtle Pincushion (4″)
1. Fabric W (shells) – Cotton 8″ x 6″
2. Fabric X (body) – Felt 4″ x 7″
3. Fabric Y (Hexagons) – Cotton 4″ x 8″
4. Fabric Z (center Hexagons) – Cotton 2″ x 4″
5. Batting (5mm loft) or poly-sponge – 4.5″ x 3.5″
6. Poly-fill – A handful
7. 3mm black color beads x 2
8. Needle and matching color threads
9. Cardboard 3.5″ x 3.5″
1. 3/8″ on all-cotton fabric
2. No seam allowance needed for felt material except the side mark with *, leave a 1/4″ seam allowance on * side
3. No seam allowance needed for batting
1. Cut fabric W, X, Y, Z & iron-on poly-sponge according to the patterns and correct seam allowances.
2. Baste batting on the wrong side of each fabric on pattern A & B, set aside.
Top & Bottom Shell
3. Prepare 10 pieces of pattern H cupboards for hexagon quilting. Baste the fabric Y & Z onto the cupboards accordingly. Stitch them up to form the pattern on the turtleback. Iron to set the shape. Remove the cupboard and get ready for the next step. Please refer to the tutorial of basic hexagon quilting for this English paper piecing technique.
4. Slip stitch the hexagon quilt block onto the right-side of pattern A that has batting, follow the outer line of the quilt. Place another piece of pattern A, right-side facing each other, and sew.
5. Clip curve near to the stitching line at a spacing of about 1cm.
6. Make a cut of about 1 1/4″ length at the center of pattern A without hexagon quilts. Use this opening to turn them right-side-out.
7. Smooth out the curve. Mend the opening, iron the work, and set aside.
8. Sew pattern B exactly the same way as pattern A but without the hexagon quilt block.
9. Topstitch the decoration lines for both patterns A & B respectively. Set aside.
10. Place 2 pieces of pattern C (front flipper) with the wrong-side facing each other. Hand-sew the side (except *) with the blanket stitch. Stuff with poly-fill. Do the same for another front flipper, and pattern D, E, F, & G. Don’t stuff pattern G. Sew the beads onto the face to form eyes.
11. Hand-sew pattern B with blanket stitch, join the head, tail, and limbs at the respective markings. Leave a length of 3cm for poly-fill stuffing before complete the round.
12. Sandwich the top and bottom shells to the body, hand-sew the shell perimeter to the body.
COMBO Pincushion With Storage Compartment (8″)
The material is similar to the felt version, except:
1. Enlarge the pattern to 200%, and hence the material for this combo version
2. Change the felt material to cotton fabric.
3. Seam allowance is 10mm or 3/8″ for all patterns excluding batting
4. 1/2″ diameter magnet, 3 pcs. 2 for flippers and 1 for body
5. 5mm dia. black beads, 2 pcs. (for eyes)
6. Short length of an elastic band, 1′.
7. Buttons, 3/8″ diameter, 4 pcs.
8. Felt for scissor and needle compartment
9. Bean for stuffing (optional)
Cut out all fabrics according to patterns and seam allowances.
Sew the head, flippers, and tail, clip curve, and turn them inside out (like those on the right).
Pin the tail to the body with the tip pointing towards the head. Unlike the 4″ mini Pincushion, Sew the body without attaching any flippers or head, but just the tail.
Insert a magnet into each front flipper.
Snip a small vertical line of about 1.5″ at the center of the body, turn the fabric right side out from this opening. Stuff in poly-fill and mend the opening. If you have fray checks, put a few drops. The top shell will cover the opening no one will see the scar.
Baste the batting on the wrong side of the shells. Place another piece of its fabric at the bottom with the right side facing each other. Sew around the line and clip near the curve.
Prepare the hexagon quilt block. Iron to set the shape, remove the basting stitches and cardboards.
Repeat the same step for turning the fabric right side out, try to minimize the opening to about 1 1/4″. The big green hexagon is 400% of the original pattern, slip stitch it on the bottom shell to cover the “mending scar”. Topstitch as per pattern.
Slip stitch a hexagon while placing a magnet in it.
Position a small scissor on the inner side of the bottom shell. Cut a short length (about 4″) of an elastic band, tie a knot and sew it at the middle of the shell.
Sew a button in the finger hole to tie your scissor in place.
Prepare a felt to make a pocket for the scissor. Fold the top and bottom edges and sew. Allowing more overlapping for the bottom, we are going to use it to cushion the sharp shear tip.
Sew the side with the blanket stitch. The pocket to hold a scissor is done.
Cut another piece of felt, fold it in half and sew it on the bottom body.
Make another elastic band and button set to hold the thread spool at the tail area.
Sew 2 loops of an elastic band at each side of the body.
The COMBO Turtle Pincushion is now ready for action!!!!
Could you please suggest a name for it???? Combo? Mambo? Orangy? etc…. Please, I need a name for her (or him?), I am not good in the name… Look at me, I can’t even decide which sex to give it? Female of Male?