Turtle Pin Cushion Duo


Well, I finally bit the bullet and finished this cute little  Turtle Pincushion Duo.  I am glad I finished the pin cushions, but I am not happy with the final result.

When I made the smaller turtle, it was my first time sewing with felt, and I feel like it is not very pretty looking despite my best efforts.  Actually, the turtle reminds me of the stitches on Frankenstein’s Monster.  Maybe it’s a zombie turtle?


The small hexagons on his back were super fun to make, though, so that is a plus!  I was so frustrated with the turtle as a whole that I didn’t even wash it when I was finished (as evidenced by the dark smudge on one of the yellow hexies).

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The larger turtle went together a little easier, and he looks better than the smaller one, but I still had issues.  For example, in the pattern, the set of hexagons is smaller than the top shell piece, and even though I followed the pattern religiously, mine was bigger so the final shell piece looks funny.

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I am really happy with how my quilting turned out, though.  Instead of marking the quilting pattern on the shell, I just sewed around in circles using the outside edge as a starting point.

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I ended up getting so frustrated that I didn’t finish the large turtle with all the additional features it was supposed to have (scissor pocket, thread holder, etc.), but he does have the magnets in his front flippers.

I am definitely going to try this pattern again, but I am going to be extra careful about putting them together.  Hopefully I don’t have the same problems again.


This is the seventh finished project from my Finish-A-Long Quarter 2 Project List.

Linking up at Made by You  Monday, Show & Tell Link Party, Wow Me Wednesday, Whoop Whoop Fridays, Finish it up Friday, Friday Finds Link Party, and Show off Saturday.

4 thoughts on “Turtle Pin Cushion Duo

  1. I think they are adorable! I’m sorry you were frustrated with them. I understand how it feels to know what they’re supposed to look like, and not have them come out as expected. I hope the next time you do this project it comes together more easily for you! (They really are adorable!!)

  2. Oh my goodness, these are so cute. I always find that patterns that are a bit complex are easier the second time around! They turned out so wonderfully this first round, too (not a zombie turtle at all! 🙂 ) Thanks so much for linking up with the Finish-A-Long, on behalf of all of the hosts 🙂

    1. Thank you, Stacey! I am still trying to get up the gumption to try them again!

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