Fabric Pin Wheel Tutorial

Yes, it’s another bright colored post about pin wheels! I need them! I don’t know about you, but we are still having more gloomy days than bright sunny days here in the Pacific Northwest….

Remember that pin wheel I made for the Modern She Made Swap? The one I made for the swap, was a bit delicate and more for looks than to spin. I’ve been thinking about it and thinking about it. And I figured out how I wanted to make it spin! Here’s how….

Step 1: Materials:

8 pieces of fabric, about 6 inches tall by 3 inches wide

Fusible Bond Adhesive

Iron-on Vinyl


Wire Cutter

Rotary Cutter

Hole Puncher, I used a 1/8″ punch


Sticks, or pencils


Step 2: Cut Pieces. For the triangles, you’ll need 8 triangles. For the fusible adhesive, you’ll need a 6 inch square. I oversized the iron-on vinyl and cut 2 7.5 inch squares.

Step 3: Fuse the Pieces together. First, iron on the solids to the fusible adhesive. Be sure to leave a fraction of a space between the pieces. Remove the paper backing and layout the coordinating pieces on the fusible adhesive. I iron mine on another piece of fabric to avoid any bits of the adhesive getting on my ironing board! As you iron the second layer, they will separate into the four triangles! Then you’ll have four triangles with two different sides!

Step 4: Laminate the pieces. I deviate from the package directions slightly here… Remove the paper backing. Adhere the four triangles to the sticky side of the vinyl, then smooth on the second piece of vinyl to the other side of the triangles. I sized these pieces large, so you don’t have to be to specific when you are adhering them all together. Trim the vinyl down about a 1/2 inch larger than the triangles. When ironing, put the paper backing over it and iron. Careful with your timing! If you iron too much, the pieces can separate from the fusible adhesive. If that happens, no worries, it still will work fine, or you can add a bit of fabric glue between the pieces. Once it’s all put together, I trim the vinyl down again to about an 1/8 inch larger than the fabric pieces and cut between the pieces per the pattern.

Step 5: Punch the holes in the corners of the triangle as shown in the pattern. They don’t punch very easily, but enough to then cut out the holes! Also cut a hole in the very center. I did it by folding the pieces and cutting a tiny slit in the center.

Step 6: Cut the wire about a foot long.

Step 7:  Pull the wire through the bead and secure.

Step 8: Secure the Pin wheel. First, pull all the pieces together towards the middle. Insert the wire and bead into the center of the pin wheel and pull it through. Then add another bead to the back.

Step 9: Wrap the wire around the stick! Cut off the ends of the wire and….

Wahla! A laminated fabric pin wheel!

So about now you’re probably wondering why I’d go to this trouble when I could just make a pin wheel out of paper and call it good! Well, there are a lot of steps here, but it’s pretty quick and easy. Also, you never know when you might want a pin wheel to match, exactly, your sewing machine cover! Or anything else you’ve sewn!

What will you make your pin wheel to match???

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