I just love my little Dutch windmill pincushion! I use it all the time, so you’ve probably seen it in some of my videos.
Until now, it was only available as a JPG image pattern, but today I’m converting it to the PDF format. Here you go!
- Free printable sewing pattern for making a Dutch Windmill pincushion
This week’s free pattern is also available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, with lesson plans for teaching “How to Make a Pincushion” for home economics and sewing class teachers. It offers PDF patterns for a plush Minecraft “pincushion” or toy, along with pincushion patterns for my dragon pincushion and this windmill project. All of these patterns can be printed, along with the lesson plans and student instructions, plus links to the tutorial videos, with the purchase of a 16 page PDF document for $2.99 right here.
I don’t advise this project for the absolute beginner; however, if you’re intermediate to advanced at sewing and would like to learn to embroider, this project makes a fantastic sampler (a project for practicing embroidery stitches).
Here are all the embroidery tutorials you’ll need to complete the project:
- Threaded backstitch tutorial for between the windmill’s walls
- Feather stitch tutorial for between the windmill’s walls
- Arrowhead stitch tutorial for between the windmill’s walls
- Whip stitch / whipstitch tutorial for closing the gap between the windmill’s walls and for closing off the roof and gables when you’re done filling your pincushion
- Algerian eye stitch tutorial for basic flowers
- Single loop French knot tutorial for tiny rose buds in the flower boxes
- Chain stitch detached tutorial for daisies in the flower boxes
- Blanket stitch tutorial for around the flower boxes
- Herringbone stitch tutorial for edging the flower boxes with greenery
- Basic couching stitch tutorial for edging the windows
- Whipped running stitch tutorial for edging the tiny door (basic couching will also work for this) or for making flower stems (sometimes called a “stem stitch”)
- Couched filling stitch tutorial for the “bars” on the windmill’s door
- Detached chain stitch tutorial for the dangling leaves in one of the flower boxes
- Rambler rose stitch tutorial for inside the flower boxes
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