This is one of three ways you can make a 15 sided biscornu pincushions. This is the so-called “flower” version. Although my husband calls it the alien facehugger.
Step 1: Stitch your pattern
First you make your 15 squares. For fun I decided to stitch a combination of sashiko and blackwork patterns. Make sure they all have the same size. Here they are 20×20 squares.
Please note, the smaller the squares, the more fiddly it’ll be
Step 2: Cut and sort
Cut the different squares and make sure there are a couple of squares between the running stitch and the edge to prevent fraying and make the stitching easier.
Sort them into three groups, top, middle, bottom. Each group should have 5 pieces each.
Step 3: Stitch a group together
Stitch a group together in a kind of “starshape” in the order you best prefer (unless of course every square has the same pattern).
Step 4: Stitch another group together
Stitch your second group together. These two groups will be the top and bottom.
Step 5: Stitch the middle
Stitch the middle-pieces into the top one-by-one all the way around.
Step 6: Stitch in the bottom
Take the bottom and stitch it to the middle-pieces (which are attached to the top) until there are only 4 “sides” left before closing.
Step 7: Introduce cottom into the situation
Start filling up on cottonfilling. There’s room for quite bit and make sure you fill it up good to even out all the different curves and corners.
Step 8: Close up and add finishing touches.
On this one I like using a bead in the flower center and a flat button on the bottom.