Tuffet Tute

(This tutorial is for the purpose of sharing how I took a "pillow" style pincushion pattern and turned it into a boxy shape. I first tried it with the "Tuffets" pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., but have since done it with other patterns of a similar style--see below.)
First of all, you will need the Schnibbles "Tuffets" pattern from Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. It looks like this.
Choose the Tuffet you would like to make and follow the excellent pattern instructions until you have the top made and sewn, right sides together, to the bottom, leaving a two inch opening, as instructed. I like to make the outer strips of fabric at least 1" wide to accommodate the seams you will be making on the corners. Take a small ruler and a fine point marker. Using the 1/4" seam line as the two outer edges, draw a 1/2" to 3/4" square in each corner (depending on how deep you want your tuffet to be--if you use the 1/2" mark you will have a 1" deep tuffet, etc.). Do this on both the front and the back.
Ignore the extra backing fabric showing around the edge.
I had cut my back a little larger and forgot to trim it down.
You will be able to do this better if it is trimmed to match.
I couldn't get a photo of the next step because I was home alone and I needed both hands to do it. Grab the center of the top with one hand and the center of the bottom with the other hand and pull them apart. Choose a corner and fold from the tip of the corner to the inner corner of the square you drew on the top and bottom. Crease to create a straight line of the lines you drew on the front and back, as shown below.
To make sure the seams are lined up place a pin through one side at the intersection of your drawn line and the 1/4" seam line. Flip it over and make sure the pin comes through at the same point on the other side. If, not, reposition until it does.

 Keep this pin perpendicular to the fabric while you pin through all of the layers with another pin to keep the fold intact for sewing.

 Sew along the line, backstitching at the beginning and end.
Repeat this process on all four corners.
 Before trimming the corners, push them right side out and make sure the seams match up to your satisfaction.
 Turn back inside and trim off the points, leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance.

 Reinforce with a second seam at 1/8" from the cut edge.

 Turn the whole thing right side out and use your finger or a round edged tool to push out the corners. Then fill and close as directed on the pattern.

 I make no claim that this is the only, or even easiest way to do this. If you have a better method, please share! Let me know if you have questions.
Janet O.

P.S. Just days after posting this I took another "pillow-style" pincushion pattern from this magazine. It is called "Poor Lil'
Punky, and is by talented quilt jewelry designer,
Julie Letvin. I used the same technique as described above to turn this pincushion into a boxy-shaped Lil' Punky. Worked like a charm!


  1. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing this. I love all of your little tuffets Do you usually make your outer border a little wider than you normally would to compensate?

  2. I have the pattern and I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the "tute"!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to give this a try .. you can never have too many pincushions.

  4. Great tutorial Janet! Thanks for taking the time to share your technique. I just received a new quilt magazine with an online PDF extra to make a boxed style pincushion. I have to say your info and pictures make a great additional resource.

  5. I love this technique. Thanks for documenting it!

  6. This is such a great idea! Thanks for Sharing.


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