Little Lambs Pincushion

Lambs cross-stitched on felt pincushion
A needleworker can never have too many pincushions--especially if they're as cute as this one. For this project you'll need the most basic of cross-stitching and sewing skills. You'll also need a few simple materials: a small piece of tan 18-count Aida; National Nonwovens WoolFelt--one 3" by 4 1/2" square each magical forest (green) and camel (tan); DMC six-strand embroidery floss, #310 black, #B5200 white, #702 Kelly green; and pincushion filling (I used ground walnut shells). 

Cross-stitch chart for two small lambs
©2018 Kathleen Berlew

The first step is cross-stitching the sheep. Follow the chart above and use two strands of floss to stitch the design, centered, on the Aida.

When the cross-stitching is finished, trim the Aida fabric to create an even border around the sheep. If you'd like to give your pincushion a decorative edge, use pinking shears to trim the edges of the felt pieces. Center the Aida on the green felt and sew it in place with two strands of green embroidery floss, stitching three squares from the edge of the Aida.

cutting felt for cross-stitched pincushion

Next, create a fringed edge on the Aida by pulling away the outer two rows of threads on all sides, as shown below. 

Trimming Aida for cross-stitched pincushion

To finish the pincushion, sew the two felt pieces together, right side out, with two strands of embroidery floss, leaving an opening for filling. My favorite pincushion filler is ground walnut shells.  I've seen bags available on Etsy, but, believe it or not, you can also find it at the pet store. Apparently, ground walnut shells are used for reptile bedding. Who knew? Stuff the pincushion as firmly as you can, sew the opening closed, and your pincushion is ready for action. 

Sewing cross-stitched felt pincushion.