Patchwork Yellow Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Jenn has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post. Additionally, she’s providing Sew Weekly readers with a 10% discount off anything from her shop during April. Instructions on the discount and how to win this pincushion can be found at the bottom of this post.

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: Jenn Maruska
Shop name: Jenn Maruska Design
Location: Seattle, Washington
How long on Etsy: Since Autumn of 2006

Describe your aesthetic in three words: 
Practical, Natural & Pretty

Do you sew for yourself? 
Occasionally. I’m kind of like the cobbler, whose children don’t have shoes… alot of the things I make go into my Etsy shop, or are given as gifts. I have a long list of things I’d like to make for my home. One of these days I’ll get to that. ; )

Any new projects you want to tackle? 
I’ve just started carving my own stamps to use with future sewing projects. And I have a custom order that is taking my sewing in a new direction. I like that aspect of custom requests – they motivate me to try new techniques and problem solve, which eventually evolves into different approaches to my sewing and new products for my shop. I’ll be listing mini pennant garlands and sewing kits in my shop soon.

Thanks, Jenn! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! During April, Sew Weekly readers will receive 10% off their orders by using the discount code: “Pincushion” at checkout!

Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:

How do you feel about patchwork for your sewing creations? Have you integrated patchwork in anything you’ve sewn?

Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions!



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I love the look of patchwork. I’ve been working on a patchwork quilt, and I thought I would use the scraps from some of the garments that I’ve recently made to make a patchwork collection of sewing accessories.

  2. I love patchwork! I started experimenting with it about a year ago when I made a quilt for my daughter’s bed. Now I’m addicted!

  3. Patchwork is something I’ve always intended to do, but haven’t quite gotten around to yet. I love the look of it but can’t quite overcome the thought of having to cut out, arrange and sew all those small, fiddly bits of fabric!

  4. I learned to sew eons ago and while I’ve forgotten how to make garments from patterns, I love to make patchwork pillows. Patchwork allows me to uses lots of fabrics I love to make something completely unique. I recently took a quilting class and it affirmed my love of patchwork!

  5. Love it. I’ve tried a making a couple of patchwork quilt tops and enjoyed making them.

  6. Not yet, but I’m slowly developing the patience I’m sure you need to make one. Give me time :)

  7. Patchwork is a love of mine, its thrifty and beautiful. I have not used it dressmaking terms yet but what a wonderfull idea, maybe when I get a bit better I will! I love this pin cushion, natural and practicle is a way I would probally describe myself.

  8. definitely! patchwork is great for using the little scrap fabric too pretty to throw away. for making small items like purses and even fabric bookmarks, i find that the random arrangements of scrap fabrics produce surprising and pleasant results almost all the time. :)

  9. I’ve only experimented a bit with patchwork so far, by making a couple of handbags, but it’s something I’m slowly building up the courage to incorporate some into a skirt or a jacket. One day…..

  10. I love the look of patchwork but I’ve discovered through trial and error that it’s not for me. Every time I try and piece things together I end up screaming at the sewing machine, I just don’t have the focus to get the results I want. I guess I’ll just have to keep using etsy for my patchwork fix.

  11. I did one patchwork pillow ‘draft’ for our living room pillows and am really excited about making some in a more modern style of patchwork -esp now that I have rectangle pillows! =)

  12. I love patchworking – made a lot of baby quilts and a big one for my Dad’s 70th birthday plus a number of others. I’ve never made clothing with it, but I have a few bags that are made from blocks.

  13. margueritedesigns

    So far (sew far!) I’ve made a cushion and I’m in the middle of a project bag to take out and about with me on my travels. I’d love to do a skirt in squares – I’ve seen one on that I’m really inspired by.

  14. I think patchwork is very pretty! I’ve made a couple of patchwork pillows for around the house. I’d love to someday make a patchwork quilt.
    Thanks for the chance to win this lovely yellow pincushion!

  15. Does it count if we have only used patchwork in a quilt? LOL

  16. Patchwork was the first thing I was taught to sew by my mother. I think my favourite part was always laying out all the pieces first and working out the combinations. Frankly I think the planning, laying out and tweaking stage is still my favourite part of all sewing! I haven’t sewn anything patchwork in ages, but I’m now quite inspired to get back to it! My flatmate is a vegan and practicably intolerant to poly fabrics, so I’ve been threatening to make her a cotton wadding quilt for some time…

  17. I love patchwork. One of my favorite things I’ve done with it is throw pillows they look so unique and they’re washable.

  18. I remember when I would of been about 10 making a patchwork hamster toy because you can’t get hamsters in australia you see, and I so did want one. this was the next best solution! I haven’t tried it since though… but fear not I’m thinking about making some patchwork curtains YAY

  19. I’ve only used patchwork in quilts. In clothes it feels a little dated to me.

  20. I think it would be neat to make some type of a patchwork skirt! Maybe thats something Ill try for the future.

  21. LOVE patchwork!

  22. I think patchwork can be beautiful on things other than quilts if it is done right. Like this lovely yellow pincushion. I used it on a bag I made once. I had only small pieces of material left over so I made a patchwork pocket with all the points setting in the middle and put a small button in the center as accent. It turned out so cute but if it had looked like I’d taken it off a quilt I would have ripped it off the bag.

  23. I like it if its done in a subtle manner, or in an accessory. The only patchwork I have done is for actual quilts.

  24. I L-O-V-E this pincushion. Yellow and gray are the color loves of my life! I haven’t tried patchwork yet, but it is on my list with 2 skirts I want to make. One of them will be yellow and gray :) and the other will be panels of different colored fruit prints.

  25. I love patchwork! I have actually sewn some jeans for a friend and they turned out fabulous.

  26. I’ve done patchwork on jeans, but for the most part I’d leave it for homewares and quilts. I don’t really like the look of it on my clothes so much.

  27. My first sewing project, at the age of about ten, was a patchwork quilt, but I haven’t done it since. I like it when it keeps to a color family, as this one does, or with just a few colors, for a more modern look.

  28. I’m actually very bad at effective patchwork. I blame it on my fast measuring and cutting, and on my tendency to try and do the more complicated techniques first. I am hoping to give it another go this year, though. I have a pillow I’m contemplating.

  29. Such a cute pincushion! I have only used patchwork for pillows, not in my clothes, but I would love to try some on a skirt.

  30. I tend to incorporate patchwork into my sewing because I tend to collect fabric without specific projects in mind. In other words, I have to do patchwork to have enough fabric to finish a project! Having contrast colored sleeves or maybe piecing together a collar or something — that’s how I use patchwork!

  31. I have integrated patchwork into a couple of my projects. The most recent one was a Christmas stocking I made for a swap on I also made an apron using patchwork, too. It’s so fun! It takes quite a bit more time than one straight fabric, but the effect is really pretty. I’ve been wanting to try vegbee’s twirly skirt for my four year old. ;)

  32. Shannon Burchard

    While some folks do a great job, I don’t seem to be one of them thus don’t really do it. Maybe a challenge is in order.

  33. I love patchwork, I am currently working on a patchwork bib for a sweet little girl. I love pincushions too and have made a fat waisted tin can pincushion with the inside of the can lined and open for little thread scissors thread and snips.

  34. I haven’t done any patchwork forever, but I’d love to try making a gored skirt in a patchwork style. The trick would be keeping it more Anthropologie than “Little House on the Prairie”

  35. I love using patchwork when I make pouches for my family members to hold glasses – it makes the pouch so much easier to find :)

  36. I use patchwork (usually left over quilt blocks) for various items – pot holders, bags, zipper pouches, etc.
    Redmond, WA

  37. I’ve made a patchwork quilt, but I haven’t ever incorporated it into anything else. Neat idea, though!

  38. Love it! My mom has made my boys some amazing quilts!

  39. Patchwork is how I first got into sewing. By the time I was ten my mum realized I was way too uncoordinated for dancing, tennis and the like a enrolled me in a patchwork class at the local community center. I’ve been sewing in all sorts of mediums ever since. My patchwork roots often find a way into my bags, skirts and even aprons!

  40. I’ve never done anything that would really count as patchwork, but my sewing classes are held in a quilting shop, and I’m always so inspired by the work I see there.

  41. I love patchwork, my grandma is an avid quilter, but I’ve never tried it myself. Maybe I’ll try a patchwork yoke or something this summer.

  42. My quilts are what keep me from fashion sewing. I put patchwork into all sorts of things, especially accessories. On a few occasions, I’ve even been able to incorporate it into a garment.

  43. My fav patchwork projects are totes I made for daughters & aunts. Love this give away!

  44. I have never integrated patchwork into my sewing, but after looking at this wonderful pincushion and her other projects on etsy, I am inspired. I love the mix of different textures. It is so wonderful to look at other’s creative works and be excited about starting projects of my own.