Cathedral Window Pincushions

By  Melony Miller Bradley 

Use this simple technique to create a beautiful cathedral window pincushion anyone would love.

  • Cathedral Window Pincushions


  • Coordinating print fabrics, three
  • Fairfield Poly-Fil Polyester Fiberfill
  • Decorative button
  • Flat-backed crystals, four


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, The Warm Co. Lite Steam-A-Seam

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, sewing needle, spray starch
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 4-1/2".
  • Pincushion
  • 1. Use rotary cutter and self-healing mat to cut 10", 5-1/2", and 5" squares from fabric. Follow manufacturer's instructions to fuse webbing to 5" square using iron and pressing surface. Use rotary cutter and mat to trim piece to 4-1/2" square.
  • 2. With right sides together, fold 10" square in half. Sew short ends of fabric closed with sewing machine and thread using 1/2" seam allowance. Clip corners and steam seams open. Match center seams to form square. With right sides together, pin opening closed with straight pins. Thread sewing needle and sew opening closed with long running stitch, leaving small opening for turning.
  • 3. Turn right sides out, making sure all four corners of square are pointed. Iron flat. Peel off paper backing and fuse 4-1/2" square to center of sewn square. Fold each corner inward so finished square measures 4-1/2" diagonally. Iron flat.
  • 4. Carefully fold down both edges of corners to reveal coordinating fabric inside of square. Iron flat and pin. Use machine to sew along folded edges. Sew edges of square approximately 1/2" from edges using straight stitch.
  • 5. Use sewing needle and thread to sew button or embellishment of choice on center of window.
  • 6. Use iron to press 1/2" seam allowance on 5-1/2" fabric square. With right sides together, sew three edges of squares together, leaving one side open for turning and stuffing. Turn right side out; stuff with fiberfill. Use sewing needle and whipstitch to sew opening closed. Knot ends.
  • 7. Adhere flat-backed crystals to corners of window using fabric glue. Let dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a crisp cathedral window, use spray starch when pressing fabric.