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Embroidered Reverse Applique Snowflake Pincushion Tutorial

I originally wrote this free pincushion tutorial for Seams & Scissors but I’m bringing it home today! There is no shortage of things to sew for winter, but I wanted a pretty, soft pincushion.  Reverse applique is an easy technique that you can use on clothes as well as quilts and home decor projects like this one. The embroidery design looks complicated but is actually very simple, with basic stitches. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer for someone who sews!

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Ready to make one? Here’s how!

snowflake pincushion


  • (2) 5.75” X 5” rectangles of wool blend felt
  • (1) 5.75” X 5” rectangle of woven cotton
  • White embroidery floss
  • Fabri-solvy* or other embroidery pattern transfer method (see more about Fabri-solvy in this post!)
  • Stuffing (I love poly pellets* to add weight)
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Tiny, sharp scissors
  • Snowflake pattern


step 1

  1. Transfer the snowflake pattern to one of the felt rectangles’ right side, and center it (see more about Fabri-solvy, the transfer method shown, in this post!). Baste one of the cotton rectangles’ with the right side facing up against the wool felt’s wrong side.

step 2

  1. Stitch the outer snowflake with a back stitch (both patterns were stitched with the full 6 strands). I used Fabri-solvy, so I then trimmed the inside stitch pattern out and set it aside.

step 3

  1. Use your tiny scissors and carefully snip through the top layer of felt, inside your stitching. Be sure not to pierce the bottom cotton layer or cut through any of your stitching. Replace or trace the inner snowflake pattern on the woven cotton, and stitch with a combination of backstitch and French knots.


  1. Wash all transfer markings out/off with warm water, pat gently, and leave out to dry.


step 5

  1. Put your stitched rectangle right sides together with the other felt rectangle and sew with ¼” seam allowance. Leave about a 2” opening, backstitching at beginning and end. Trim the corners off.

step 6

  1. Turn right side out and poke out the corners, pressing all of the seams. Stuff; I use a combo of poly-pellets, poly-fill, and fabric scraps.

step 7

  1. Tuck the raw edges inside, press, and use a ladder stitch to close the opening.


snowflake stitching detail

Enjoy! You can use this technique on all sorts of projects; it’s a great way to use up small scraps and add visual interest. I pushed in some pretty pins to jazz up the snowflake – it’s all ready for gifting!

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