Students Textile work


The Year 9s have been working with a project where they design and make a pincushion. During the project they had to research their target audience, create designs, develop their designs, plan how to make it, create a pattern, make their pincushion and then evaluate it. The idea was to build their creative ability, develop structural thinking and increase their knowledge in the textile field.Many students produced some unique, accurate, enjoyable and well thought out pincushions. See below.

Årets 9:or har arbetat med ett projekt där de designat och gjort en nåldyna. Under projektet skulle de undersöka sin målgrupp, skapa sin design, utveckla designen, planera hur man går till väga, skapa ett mönster, göra sin nåldyna och sedan utvärdera arbetet. Tanken med detta var att väcka den kreativa förmågan, utveckla strukturellt tänkande och öka kunskaperna inom det textila området. Många elever producerade unika, exakta/bildlika, trevliga och väl genomtänkta nåldynor. Se nedan.

Rubik's Cube pincushion pattern

  1. Cut out six squares of black cotton. 10x10 cm.
  2. Cut out six square (10x10cm) of paper, and cut a window in the middle of 8,5 x 8.5 cm. That is 1.5cm in from the edges.
  3. Place the papers over the black squares and line it up with the edges. Pin them  down.
  4. Cut out squares (2,5 x 2,5 cm) in different coloured felt. Nine of each colour. (red, white, yellow, blue, green and orange)
  5. Place the small, coloured squares on the black squares in the pattern of a solved rubik's cube. 3 x 3 squares per side. Make sure that there is a small space between the squares so that the black can be seen.
  6. Thread the machine with corresponding coloured thread, and sew down the coloured squares. Remove the paper and repeat with all  six sides.
  7. Place your squares right-side-down in this pattern: Sew the sides together with black thread. Only attach the top piece on one side, leaving a hole to stuff.
  8. Turn the fabric the right-way-up and stuff it with stuffing. Then close the lid down and sew it shut.



  • Cotton- Black
  • Felt- red, orange, green, blue, white and yellow.
  • Sewing thread- black, red, orange, green, blue, white and yellow.
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper  
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Stuffing



Planning pincushion pattern

How to do it?

  • Take a big piece of green fabric and draw the shape of your cactus (height 8 cm and 6 cm wide) and cut 6 pieces of it.
  • Then take 2 of the pieces and sew them together you you end up with 3 two sided pieces.
  • Then lay all the three pieces together and sew a line in the middle. Then you fill every side with cotton and sew the bottom together.
  • Do not turn it inside out because the stitches is meant to be on the outside.
  • Then you start with the flowers. Take a stripe of pink fabric (10 cm) and cut triangles on one of the sides. Then roll it together and sew the bottom. And glue or sew the flower on the top of the cactus.
  • The pot is more difficult. Since I am using a tuna can, I will cut out fabric that is as wide as the tuna can sides ( + 1,5 cm on each side) Then the bottom. Cut out fabric as long as the cans diameter ( +1.5 cm) and then sew them together. Of course the fabric is going to go over the  tuna can and since I can’t sew in the can, so am I going to glue over and them fill it with brown cotton.
  • The diameter of the can is 8,5 cm so the bottom will be 10 cm in diameter, the sides are 4 cm and will be 7 cm.


  • Green, Pink, Brown, yellow fabric
  • Tuna can
  • Glue
  • Cotton
  • Pint ( to paint the cotton)



  • Sewing needle
  • Squissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Thread
  • Pins