Fabric Weaving – Pincushion Project

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Basket weaving is nothing new in fact, it was one of my favorite summer activities at girl scout camp. Like so many other things in life, this technique is making a comeback and I thought it would be fun to put a personal spin on it.  So, let’s do some fabric weaving today.

Fabric Weaving – Pincushion Project

Fabric weaving- Learn how to create fabric with a simple basket weaving technique.  The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

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  • basic sewing supplies
  • sewing machine

Basic Instructions:

  1. Cut 2 3 1/2″ x 8″ rectangles for the top and bottom of your pincushion.  6 strips 1 1/2″ wide by 22″ will be your fabric strips to create the fabric weave pattern.  (I cut 3 strips from 2 different fabrics.)Fold, fold, fold….press, press, press.  This triple fold will create clean edges on the sides.  To keep things in place, I used steam a seam and sandwiched it together. I gave each fabric strip extra body. (total bonus.)  Cut strips in half to create 12 1/2″ x 11″ strips.  Fabric weave pin cushion project. The Sewing Loft
  2. Lay all of your horizontal pieces and pin in place.  To keep  things easy for me, ran a quick row of straight sticking along the edge. Then start weaving in your vertical strips.  Alternating rows and pinning as I worked across the fabric.  Since I wanted the purple to peek through, I left 1/4″ spacing between each row.
  3. Once you have everything woven in place, run a quick stitch all around and trim away excess fabric strips. Fabric weave pincushion project. The Sewing Loft
  4. Then your pincushion is pretty straight forward. Just like sewing a pillow together.  Pin right sides together; stitch around 3 sides leaving an opening for turning.  Clip corners and turn right side out.  
  5. Stuff, stuff, stuff!! I like to over stuff my pincushions.  Stitch the opening closed with needle and matching thread. A simple ladder stitch is perfect for this last step.  Need a refresher on the ladder stitch? Click here.

Fabric weaving- Learn how to create fabric with a simple basket weaving technique.  The Sewing Loft

So, how did I do?  Do you think fabric weaving will make a come back?  Or should the technique be left to baskets and hemp?  To keep the conversation going, I have teamed up with a few friends! Becky from Patchwork Posse

Patchwork Posse

Deby from So-Sew-Easy.

So Sew Easy

Be sure to check out what fun things these gals made with their fabric strips.

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  1. Love it! Very versitile for tucking scissors, seam ripper, etc… just like you’ve done in the picture! Very, very pretty!

  2. Love that idea ! It’s so nice ! Maybe I’ll try with the remaining fabric parts from the challenge 😉

  3. Heather, love the pinny and the little zipper bag, the pillow is beautiful…..

  4. So darn cute! I’ve got to make the cushion and zip bag ~I’ve got so many scraps that I can use! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  5. anneweaver1974 says

    Pretty pretty!! And clever that the woven strips will hold your scissors. I have a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial:

    (I’ve got plans to link to the other woven fabric projects in the next few days.)

  6. Love it! Great way to use narrow fabric scraps too.

  7. Hi –

    I’m new to your blog. The pillow is beautiful.
    My question is – is the polyfil a heavy enough filler? Should it be somehow weighted?

    • You can use many different fillers. I also use sand and crushed walnuts. It all depends on what I have on hand.

  8. Such a great idea! I had my grand daughter stitch along each strip since we couldn’t find our fusibles. She loves to try & sew perfectly straight lines. It took us only an hour start to finish, what a great way to spend an afternoon inside while it snows. Had I known she would take it home with her, we could have made 2

  9. Cheri brown says

    How wide should the finished strips be?

  10. Debra Kay Neiman says

    Heather, I just made these for a pin cushion swap with two ladies and had to make one for myself too. thanks for the great blog tutorial. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com http://www.flickr.com/photos/105749630@N03/13021523754/