Mattress pincushion finishing tutorial

Mattress pincushion finishing tutorial

Hi everyone, I thought it was about time I showed you another tutorial, this one is for a mattress pincushion.



You will need ........

Finished cross stitch piece

Lightweight interfacing (Pellon in America)

Sharp scissors 

Polyester fibre fill or flat quilt batting 

Embroidery thread to match your design


You can make any design into a mattress pincushion as long as you stitch an outline around your pattern and create the panels with the same amount of stitches to line up with other pieces, you will see what I mean when you look at all of the photos.


Mattress pincushion finishing tutorial


Iron lightweight interfacing onto the back of each panel piece just within the edging lines.  
Tutorial showing how to make finish this cottage cross stitch design into a mattress pincushion

Cut all panels like this
Cross stitched cottage with pretty french knot flowers showing a tutorial how to finish into a pretty pincushion

Line up edge so that each backstitch lines up with the backstitch on the other piece 

Stitching the border of this pretty cross stitched cottage showing how to make a mattress pincushion


Like this.......

You should have exactly the same amount of back stitches on each side 
Close up showing how to stitch the border of this cottage cross stitch to make a mattress pincushion

Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

  Attach the next piece at the bottom, see the next picture for a close up! 
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

Can you see?  As long as you have exactly the same amount of stitches to match each side then it will be easy!
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

When you have stitched all four sides it should now look like this.
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion


Fold over the corners and stitch them together
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

There are two ways to fill your mattress, one with fibrefill, which is the way I did it or you can cut pieces of quilt batting the same size as your mattress pincushion and place them inside the mattress before attaching the bottom of the mattress. Using the quilt batting will give a much sharper finish  to your mattress.

Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion

Attach the bottom piece and stitch all the way around, just before you close the gap fill with fibrefill. 
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion


Filling a mattress pincushion with fibre fill for a cross stitched cottage design

Your mattress pincushion should now look like this.
Cross stitched cottage with french knots a tutorial showing how to finish into a mattress pincushion


Please email me or leave me a comment if you are unsure about any of the details and I will do my best to help!

Until next time, happy stitching!




2 comments

Montse said...

BellĂ­sima casita ,me encantan los alfileteros !!!!!!
Besos.

Brenda said...

What an ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL tutorial!!! Now I need to hurry and stitch something so I can try this technique out!!!

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