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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cathedral window pin cushion {tutorial}

I found a great way to try a cathedral window with one simple useful square! I wanted to make a gift for a sewing friend, a master seamstress you all know ( I am sure) and thought she could use a pincushion.  I know I seem to always need a pincushion and should probably make about a dozen of these for myself ;o)  

If after you try this one and decide you like it and want to take it further there are some great tutorials on {House} of A La Mode for a pillow and  hyena in petticoats for a whole quilt ( this is the one I was inspired by). 

You can also make a much larger version of this as a 16 in pillow for your sofa or chair , I made a tutorial for Pellon Projects and there is a FREE pdf with all the instructions ready to go! The Cathedral Window Pillow Cushion



Cut your solid square ( if you like a print) 10.5 inches


Cut your template, I used a folder I found in the filing drawer, to 9 inches


Cathedral windows are mostly folding and ironing. Now we will be doing the origami ironing. Fold the corner over the edge of the template and iron into place. Then repeat on the other three sides.


Next fold the edges down and press. Repeat on the other three sides and you will have...

This!!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!


Take the template out at this point


Fold your square in half and press

This is what it looks like if you fold one side back


Fold the opposite way and press again. When you open your square it will look like this

Time for more folding. Fold the outer corners in and press

It will look like this when all four have been pressed


Now do it all again. Fold each of the corners in and press

Done with the folding/ ironing part!!!!

This part is optional. I wanted to have the fabric in the center but you do not have to when you make yours :o) I cut a 4.25 in square and placed it in the center


When you close the doors it looks like this


A quick stitch in both directions to secure it in place 



Grab that scrap bin and start pulling out some of your favorites!!!! 

This is not perfect so you can just fiddle and put what you like. 


when you figure out what you like then place it in one side and fold over the side. It will almost naturally fall into a beautiful curve. If you feel like you need to pin it into place.

Starting at the top of the curve sew it into place. I like to use the center mark of my foot as my guide




Almost done!!!!


The backing is one piece of 7 in sq fabric ( I used a bigger cut in this pic but it is not necessary) cut in half. Se this together leaving a 2.5in gap in the center for turning later.


Center the block on top


Sew around all four corners


Trim the excess

Turn the cushion inside out and stuff!!!!! I closed mine using the magnifying glass and a blindstitch, which seemed pretty appropriate.

Add a button and there is a beautiful cathedral window and a wonderful quick gift!!!


I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!!!! Sara, I hope you love your new cushion!!!!!

I have started a flickr group and would LOVE for you to share your pincushions {or anything else really}. It is for cathedral windows of all kinds! Hope to see your creations soon!!!!!!
Cathedral Windows Flickr Group

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105 comments

  1. This is gorgeous Kim. I love the look of cathedral windows but have yet to try it. Love yours xxx

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  2. This is so pretty! You did a great job. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  3. Thanks! I love it! My daughter and I will do this together over Christmas. Very timely.

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  4. I love this! I've been tempted by cathedral windows, but haven't ever tried. It just seems too overwhelming. I can do this! Adding it to the list...

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  5. Oh, yes, yes, yes!!! This is an awesome tutorial, idea, pincushion! Freakin' LOVE it!

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  6. Oh wow, that is absolutely fab!!! I've been wanting to give these a go, but wasn't sure I could take trying to tackle an entire quilt, so this seems to be the perfect solution, thank you!

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  7. This is gorgeous - i have to try it!

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  8. It's beautiful, Kim!
    Thanks for doing the tutorial!

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  9. I can't wait to try this one myself.
    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Great work!!

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  10. Wow!!!! How beautiful is that? Definitely going to try it, dunno if I'll be able to give it away if it comes out as well as yours. :)

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  11. How beautiful! These directions are way clearer than some of the ones I've seen! I am really excited to try this now! :)

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  12. Beautiful!!!! I love it. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. Found your wonderful link from Amanda Jean's. This cathedral window pincushion is really lovely! I must try it! Thank you!

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  14. This is so wonderful! You make the beautiful (and scary looking) cathedral windows looks sort of simple. I might have to squeeze a few of these in to give as gifts. Thanks for sharing. I love it!!

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  15. Very easy to follow, straightforward tutorial. Love Love Love it!

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  16. WOW - great job Kim! I have always wanted to try Cathedral Windows - what a perfect little project to test the waters. Awesome!

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  17. Thank you for the lovely tutorial, I have wanted to try cathedral windows but not a big project.

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  18. This is lovely,thanks for the tutorial.

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  19. I love this!! Great tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing! :o)

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  20. Oh yay! I just finished my first one and it came out cute:) It was my test run and the only thing I wish is that I'd stuff more filling in it. Now I'm going to make a couple more for gifts. Thanks for a great tutorial!

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  21. I just found your blog and have become a "follower" and I've bookmarked this post so that I can get back to it after the holidays. I can't wait to make the pincushion. This is exciting!!!

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  22. I love love this pincushion! Your tutorial is so easy to follow too.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  23. That is the most gorgeous pincushion I have ever seen!

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  24. That is so gorgeous! I adore cathedral windows, but am a little afraid of them. By making this pincushion, maybe I will find the courage to work on a bigger project with them! :o)

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  25. Daughter and I both, whipped one of these up, so fun! I want to do a quilt...I'll blog and show them in a couple of days...come see. Thank you!

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  26. Oh I just have to try this...it's amazing! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  27. Thanks for sharing this. I was sure to post about you on my blog. This was a great tutorial. Thanks again…

    http://minimatisse.blogspot.com/2012/01/i-actually-made-something-i-pinned.html

    Nic Hahn

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  28. What a beautiful pin cushion and what an excellent, clear tutorial. I am going to have a go at this definitely!
    I found your blog through Mary Ann at the Needle and Thread network. And I found Mary Ann through my friend's blog What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday (WOYWW for short!) where craftspeople from all over the world post up what they're working on each week. It's fun but addictive :)
    Thank You!
    Lunch Lady Jan x

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  29. Just wanted to say thanks for this. I am normally horrible with patterns and directions and the seam ripper is always handy. But your tutorial was so clear the seam ripper never came out. Thanks again so much. Here is my Flickr photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/12784349@N08/6763258001/in/photostream

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  30. Fabulous! Your tutorial is so clear too. I will link it up on my blog if you don't mind?

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  31. Thank you so much, that was a fabulous tutorial! I'm new to your blog and will be a follower!
    xoRobin❤

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  32. Your tutorial is fantastic - this is the most beautiful pincushion ever!! I am going to make some of these for sure! Thanks for sharing. ps I found your link via Pinterest

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  33. Great tutorial! You've been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

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    Grab a brag button!

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  34. Thanks for a great tutorial. You made it so easy!

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  35. I have been wanting to make a Cathedral window something or other and now you have given me the perfect project! I LOVE this. Thank you so much for the pattern.
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  36. Hi. Found you through Rosie, The Fabric Shopper. Thank you so much for this lovely clear tutorial. I love your use of Color, it just says WOW :)

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  37. Thanks for the great tutorial! I made one this morning and just added it to the Flickr group.

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  38. fantastic tutorial and lovely blog too! M x

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  39. Great tutorial. I can't wait to make one of these.

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  40. Kim this is fabulous. I can't wait to make one and will add it to the flickr group when I do. Thanks for the very detailed tutorial! xo

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  41. that was a really lovely tutorial. My first one is ready. But I would add one tip, sew the button before filling. I would try that on my next one.

    Million thanks

    Soile

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  42. Such a pretty block and a great tutorial. I have been intrigued by Cathedral blocks, but have been intimidated to attempt because I am a fairly new quilter (only been quilting for about a year now)...Just finished following your tutorial and made my first pin cusion. May even make a larger pillow or quilt. Thanks for such a great tutorial.

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  43. Thanks for this great tutorial! I made one today using your tutorial, and it came out great! :)
    http://so-sue.blogspot.com/2012/03/cathedral-window.html

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  44. Thanks for this very interesting tutorial! I must try it too ;o)

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  45. A great project and lively colors -- good work and looking forward to more -- I just joined following :)Terry

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  46. I just LOVE it! I will make 2 or 3 or even more! Thank you for sharing!

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  47. Hello Kim,
    I have made one and put in my blog (http://bubblestitchquilts.blogspot.ca/2012/04/cathedral-window-pincussion.html). And I will make more! So easy and funny!
    Thanks again! Cyrille

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  48. I finally got around to making one today- great tutorial! :) It turned out so cute- I almost hate to give it away.

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  49. I saw Jennifer's and had to check this out!! You make it look pretty simple....the true test will be if even I can make it!! Thanks so very much! ~karen

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  50. I am going to try and make this into a pillow. I will figure out the dementions at a certain point.

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  51. I am going to do this for a pillow. I am having a little bit of a hard time. Do you fold it twice? There for a pillow 12 inches would need the white 24 inch or the 36 inch? Any help would be appreciated.
    bdtliv@msn.com
    Di
    The pin cushion you did is beautiful.

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  52. Ótimo tutorial. Vou tentar fazer. Obrigada por compartilhar. Marta.

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  53. These are gorgeous and your wonderful tutorial makes it look achievable! Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to photograph each stage and explain how to make one, I have seen these around and they look so pretty I would love to make one!

    Thanks again for sharing!

    Gill xx

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  54. I follwed a few links to get here to your tutorial, and I am so excited about trying to make one!! Thanks for the the easy to follow directions.

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  55. Thank you very much for sharing such great tutorial :) I love it! Have tried for the very first time and I am happy with the result :P. I will try to make the pillow cover, too :)

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  56. wonderful tutorial! I always wondered how it was sewed....You made it seen so easy!
    I followed your tutorial, and made 3 great looking pincushions,
    you can see them here if you are interested.
    http://beardollyandmoi.blogspot.com/2012/04/another-pin-cushion.html
    thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  57. Thank you for this super tutorial. A Particular thank you for using lots of different fabrics so it is easier to see what is happening. I will be having a go at this later.

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  58. WOW, do you ever make that look easy! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  59. Kim, this is such a cute and easy pincushon. I have always wanted to make cathedral windows, but was intimidated by them. Breaking it down to a smaller project like this made it impossible for me not to at least try it. I made one and it was easy!!! Thank you for your really nice tutorial with the pictures. Since I am a visual learner, it was very much appreciated. I will be making more of these! nice stocking stuffers for sewing friends at Christmas time!
    Bette D.

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  60. This is so pretty, and useful too. I thank you SO much for this tutorial. I am going to make these for my friends in our sewing group! (and me too of course!) Thank YOU again!

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  61. Great tutorial! I know I want to make some for Christmas gifts this season. Thanks much for sharing!
    Ronda

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  62. Such an easy to understand tutorial! I made one today and it is beautiful and I'll be making more. A wonderful little gift to give my friends who sew! Thank you. Beverly

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  63. Thank you for this great tutorial! I made my first pincushion yersterday and I love it!!!

    http://leucht-zeichen.blogspot.de/2012/06/des-ratsels-losung.html

    Heike

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  64. This is so cute. I am definitely trying this---today! Thanks for the great directions with all the pictures.

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  65. I did it. Thanks to your tutorial, it was so easy and so cute. I posted it on my blog, stonesoup55.blogspot.com.

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  66. Im going to make one, I might put rice in it to make it heavier. Any thoughts on my idea?

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  67. This is a gorgeous tutorial. And I love the fabric on your ironing board cover :)

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  68. Very great tutorial! Thx a lot. Made one for myself and I am so happy with it.

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  69. Love this, thank you! I think I'll make one for me and one for a friend :)

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  70. Thank you for your great tutorial!Can I link it up on my blog?

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  71. I love this pincushion! I have always admired Cathedral Window Quilts, I even have a book on them, but never been brave enough to try until now! Thank You so much!! (May I link on my blog?)

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  72. Thanks for such a great tutorial, it made a huge difference to me being able to do this. I made a pincushion and have blogged about it

    http://cupofteaandasliceofcake.blogspot.com/2012/09/cathedral-window-pincushion.html

    and I also uploaded it to your flickr group. Thanks

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  73. Great tutorial - very clear. Thank you!! Plus, your pin cushion is gorgeous!!

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  76. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  79. I tried Cathedral window for a cushion.Mine is not as beautiful as yours. Thanks for the lovely and clear tutorial

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  80. This is so beautiful! I have one question: you said that adding the green fabric square was optional. If you hadn't added it, what would show through the openings? White fabric?

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  82. Thanks for the super tutorial. I found your page and made three of them -- and would make more if I had time as they are addicting. Anyway I blogged about it and linked back to your page, so maybe traffic has picked up a little for you. :)

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  84. drooling! and the kicker is that I think I have most of these fabrics in my scrap basket. This is on my list for sure!!
    ~Heather

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  85. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial! I had always wondered how Cathedral Windows was made. From my first reading of your tutorial to a beautiful finished pincushion took about 90 minutes, and I'm a pretty new quilter. These will make great gifts.

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  86. Thanks for the idea!! I'm thinking of trying this in a larger format to use as a ring bearer pillow for my daughter's wedding. Somewhere in between the pin cushion size and the pellon tutuorial size, which is way too big. About how large does the finished pin cushion measure? Thank you.

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  87. Thankyou for this tutorial. I made one as a gift.

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  88. I just found your blog and just made one of these adorable pincushions!!! Thank you! Nancy

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  89. This was a much better explanation about how to make this pincushion and anything I had looked at on the internet. In particular the information about the 1/8" placement of the triangle to make the window!! I struggled with understanding that part. AND, your pictures were very clear and helpful. THANK YOU!!

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  90. I can't believe you could produce that cushion from such a simple tutorial! The design is stunning. I need to try something bright for my window seat. This would be perfect.
    Jenn | http://www.thepatiocorner.com

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  91. Thank you for this great tuto !
    I realized a very nice pinchushion !
    If you like you can see it here : http://nellastanzadiale.blogspot.it/2014/10/swap-secondo-palio-delle-contrade-di.html

    Kisses from italy

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  92. Thanks for sharing this tutorial,
    love the scrappy look of this pincushion.

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  93. Thank you very much for the tutorial for this pin
    cushion I love it you
    have done a fantastic job

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  94. At last, the most simple instructions for a cathedral window. Thank you

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  95. I have always been to afraid to try but with your help I will now try, never too old to learn. at 77.

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  96. If I made this a quilt block, what size would it be?

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  97. Wonderful pattern!! Thank you!!

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