Annie Pincushion

A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by

Brenda Greenwalt


Annie Pincushion

Approximately 8 inches tall.


Read through all directions before beginning.


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Material for dress – burgundy pattern

Two 1/2 inch black buttons

Black thread

Kitty litter


Embroidery thread – burgundy for nose, brown for mouth

Paint – burgundy for cheeks

Hair – burgundy yarn

Medium stencil brush (for cheeks)

Doll needle – 3 or 5 inch

Yarn needle


Card stock

Hot glue gun and glue sticks


Staining:  Instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil.  Optional for staining:  Old cookie

sheet, rags, wax paper, glass jar with lid.


Suggested shopping for fragrance oils –

The Chemistry Store –

From Nature With Love –

Save on Scents –

Bramble Berry –

To Die for Soap –





1.       Print out head and body patterns. 

2.       Trace head on double muslin, cut out.

3.       Trace body on double material, cut out.

4.       With right sides together, pin one head and one body together.  Sew using 1/4 inch seam

allowance.  Do this for both front and back.

5.       With right sides together, sew front and back together using 1/4 inch seam allowance - DO

NOT turn right side out.

6.       Before turning right side out, match the seams at the corners at the bottom of the body,

and sew

7.       across perpendicular to the seam, about 1 inch from the point. This will form the flat

bottom.  Clip off these points, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance, and turn the body right side



8.       Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines, turn.

9.       Stuff the head and neck firmly.  Stuff the sides of the shoulders firmly.

10.    Print and cut out the kitty litter roll pattern.  On single layer material, trace and cut out.  Fold over and sew bottom and side seam.  Fill with

kitty litter and sew top closed.  Place in bottom of pin cushion and sew opening closed.

11.     Stain using the recipe and instructions given at the end of these directions.



1.       Eyes:  Thread doll needle with black thread.  Position buttons where desired for eyes and,

going in from the top of the head (this will be covered with her hair) sew on buttons.

2.       Mouth:  Thread your doll needle with 2 strands of your brown embroidery thread.  Going

in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) embroider the mouth using

a simple backstitch.

3.       Nose:  Print and cut out nose pattern.  Position on face and pin using straight pins.  Very

lightly trace around this with a mechanical pencil.  Using a double strand of burgundy

embroidery thread go in from the top of the head (as in step #2), use satin stitch for the nose

placing the stitches very close together.  Tip - I usually unthread my doll needle here and

rethread on a smaller, sharper needle.  

4.       Cheeks:  Dip your medium size stencil brush lightly into burgundy paint and pounce off

most of it onto a paper towel.  Using the picture for placement, swirl in her cheeks.



1.       Thread your yarn needle with a small piece of burgundy yarn, Insert this in one of the 9

places as indicated on pattern, leave this open.

2.       Wrap burgundy yarn around hair card 5 times, slide off card.

3.       Place inside yarn thread on head and tie in a knot.

4.       Do this for each of the 9 places indicated on head pattern.


Dress Bow:

1.       Print and cut out bow pattern.

2.       Trace pattern on double cheesecloth being sure to place on fold where indicated, cut out.

3.       Stain with instructions given at the end of these directions.

4.       Tie in a bow and hot glue to front of dress.


Hair Bow:

1.       Print and cut out hair bow pattern.

2.       Trace on single layer cheesecloth and cut out.

3.       Stain with instructions given at the end of these directions.

4.       Tie in a bow and glue to hair.


Staining:  Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 1/4 cup Vanilla extract and ¼

teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and

vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  If the scent is not

strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this

until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance

oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to

start over.  Line an old cookie sheet with old rags and lay what you’re staining here.  With a

sponge brush or spray bottle thoroughly coat.  Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees.  Check often

as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and

always KEEP checking the oven.   Store left over stain mixture in glass jar with lid for your next

primitive project.


You're done with Annie Pincushion.  I hope you enjoyed making her as much as I enjoyed designing her. If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me or visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page at


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