Color Wheel Pincushion

Since yellow, gray, white, and black is the color scheme for the redo of my quilt studio, I decided to make a Color Wheel Pincushion with these colors from the pattern and kit by Sheila Sinclair Snyder of License to Quilt.

The Color Wheel Pincushion Kit comes with a wood base, foam disc, felt piece, tufting string, screws, bag of walnut pieces, and instructions with piecing templates. I needed to supply thirteen fabric pieces, four drawer pulls (1” diameter), craft glue, a sharp pencil, one decorative button, one plain button for tufting, and a doll needle.


Pin Cushion Assembly 
I printed the piecing template on a sheet of Quilter’s Freezer Paper, ironed the template onto four layers of muslin, pinned the layers, and cut out four pieces at a time. I used a sharp pencil and small quilter’s ruler to draw the ¼” seam allowance and other lines.

I chose thirteen different fabrics, placed them in the order I wanted, making sure the first and last would look good together when joined, and cut out the pieces with the template. 

Two muslin circles were sewn together to hold the walnut shell pieces. I used a metal funnel (one for pouring peppercorns) to fill the fabric pouch which goes on top of the foam and wooden base pieces. It was easier than I thought to sew the layered muslin and fabric sections together, trim the seams, and press them open.

The screws were put in the holes in the wood. Then it was time to turn the pieced fabric top right side out and pull it down over the base. Gathering threads pulled the fabric around the base. The excess fabric was trimmed to uncover the screws and the edges were secured with craft glue (not the fabric glue stick in the picture). Pulling the needle with the tufting thread through the center hole in the wood was the hardest part of the project. I couldn’t pull the needle with two ends threaded through the eye; doing one end at a time was easier. After rereading the pattern, it did say pliers may be needed!


All that was left was to glue the black felt circle on the bottom and screw on the knobs.


Tah-Dah! The whole project took five hours from start to finish. I love my Color Wheel Pincushion and can’t wait to finish my quilt studio! They will both be beautiful together!


These pin cushions would make great gifts! The designer provided us with refills for the kit in case you want to make more than one!


  1. Linda J - August 30, 2013

    oooooh you are making me wish I had joined up for the pincushion blog hop now! I love this. Kits you say??

  2. Amanda Best - August 30, 2013


  3. Fran Smeby - August 30, 2013

    Very cute and looks easy to make.

  4. Jenna - August 30, 2013

    Nice blog post!!

  5. Susan - August 30, 2013

    I really like the look of that. Thanks for the links.

  6. Beth - March 24, 2017

    These pincushions are so adorable. I wish I could buy the kit.

  7. Allison - March 28, 2017

    I bought the kit and it just came but I’m disappointed to see that it makes a much shorter tuffet than the original yellow one shown above. Did the pattern change?

    • Ann - March 29, 2017

      Allison, I talked to the person in charge of our products and she is not aware of a change in the kit. I looked at Sheila Snyder Sinclair’s website – – and the pincushion looks the same. She has had someone copycat her pattern so there may be another version out there – see
      When I made the pincushion above, I used unusual round yellow knobs that were taller than the flat-bottomed knobs usually used. Perhaps that is the difference you see. Hope that helps.

  8. Kim - July 15, 2018

    This is SO ADORABLE! I am also doing my sewing room in yellow , what a wonderful addition this would be ! It’s now July 2018 , can I still get this pattern ?

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