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Create your own luck with a four leaf clover pincushion

by Sarah Vanderburgh

A shamrock can be added to items in your sewing space to give it a fresh feel for spring – maybe even increase your luck in managing your stash or finishing projects! In yesterday’s post, I used a shamrock to make mug rugs from the stitch samplers I created with PFAFF’s passport 3.0. Today on QUILTsocial I’m going to show you how to make a lucky four-leaf clover pincushion.

The PFAFF passport 3.0 is a portable sewing machine that makes it possible to create projects anywhere.

PFAFF passport 3.0

I’ve been making lots of different projects this winter with PFAFF’s passport 3.0 and finding that I really don’t have to think about what I’m doing with the machine to get great results. This allows me to focus on my creativity! This machine sews precisely and has great features that help me quickly complete projects with fun details and professional looking top-stitching.

I decided it’s time for me to make something for my quilting space with the passport 3.0 and settled on a pincushion. I seem to be one of the only quilters I know who doesn’t have many pincushions, so now is the time!

A lucky pincushion is easy to make by adding an applique four leaf clover to your fabric with the PFAFF passport 3.0

Lucky pincushion on passport 3.0

Making the pincushion


  • one 6″ square of fabric for the top
  • one 6″ square of fabric for the bottom
  • 4 – 2½” squares of green fabric for the hearts
  • stuffing for the pincushion

To make the four leaf clover, I used the same template from yesterday’s post but cut out four hearts instead of just three. I then pinned them to the top 6″ square of fabric. You can make your own heart template or use mine.

Link to lucky projects template

To make my template I cut out a heart on a 2½” square of paper by folding the paper on the diagonal. My green fabric was also cut in 2½” squares. I folded a fabric square on the diagonal then tucked it into the folded heart and cut around the template.

The fabric is folded in half and tucked inside of the paper heart template.

Folded fabric square inside of paper template

I used stitch 27 to machine blanket stitch the pieces to the background square. I used the needle down button and IDT system with presser foot 1A to stitch. I also adjusted the speed of passport 3.0 which helped me stay on the edge of my fabric and get even stitches. I started in the middle and sewed in figure 8 to sew around all the hearts in one go.

The stitch review pullout card for the PFAFF passport 3.0 sewing machine.

Stitches on the passport 3.0

When I was done the blanket stitching I switched back to stitch 00 and changed to presser foot 0A. Then I sewed this top piece right sides together to the bottom fabric, leaving a turning gap in the middle of one side.

Then instead of having a pillow-like pincushion, I decided to box the corners to make the cushion more square.

To box the corners I lined up the 1″ square grid of a quilting ruler at one corner and trimmed the inch away with my rotary cutter.

A rotary cutting ruler is lined up at the corner of the pincushion to cut away a 1" square in order to box the corners.

Ruler lined up on edge at 1″ mark

I  trimmed all the remaining corners too.

The rotary cutter and ruler are used to cut away a 1" square at each corner of the pincushion.

All four corners squared

Then I separated the front and back of the pincushion and then pushed them back together making a straight edge, nesting the seams.

nest seams along straight edge to sew corners

Straighten edge and nest seams.

Then I sewed a ¼” seam at each corner.

The side seams of the pincushion are lined up and then the corner seam is sewn in a straight line.

Corner sewn with straight seam

Believe it or not, I recently purged my bits of batting so after turning the pincushion right side out, I resorted to stuffing my pincushion with wool bits that I purchased a few years ago. Use what you have on hand to stuff your pincushion, then hand stitch the turning gap closed.

The four leaf clover pincushion is stuffed with wool bits and hand stitched closed.

Stuffed pincushion

A top view of the lucky pincushion appliqued with the PFAFF passport 3.0 sewing machine.

Top view of lucky pincushion

I’m really pleased with my lucky four-leaf clover pincushion and the time I spent making it with the passport 3.0.

I hope you take some time to create a little luck with decorative stitches and shamrocks this spring.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.

Go back to part 2: Create a mug rug using passport 3.0’s decorative stitches

Go to part 4: Using charm squares to sew a lucky table topper



Laura S February 25, 2017 - 3:36 pm

Really cute! These would make great favors, door prizes or small gifts for anyone in a quilt circle.

Catherine Lewis February 22, 2017 - 4:29 pm

I would probably make this pin cushion first if I won this fabric as I have not quilted before. Looks like fun!

Jenny L. February 22, 2017 - 3:04 pm

This is really adorable! I’ve been sewing for a few years now but have just recently taken up quilting, I look forward to trying this little project. I really do need some practice with applique techniques.

Calvin F. February 22, 2017 - 2:36 pm

By using this lucky charm I hope I won’t poke myself with the needle as much


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