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
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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