Thursday, January 9, 2014

Itty Bitty Biscornu

biscornu is a small, 8-sided, stuffed ornamental pincushion, usually made out of Aida cloth or linenEmbroidery or cross-stitch is used to decorate the top and bottom of the cushion. A button is typically secured in the center of the cushion to give a small depression on the top. Beadstassels and other objects can decorate the biscornu. They are typically able to fit in the palm of your hand. The name is derived from a French adjective, meaning skewed, quirky or irregular.

Well, skewed, quirky and definitely irregular......that is my biscornu. lol

I used 2.5" squares from the 'old glory' collection and some antique shell buttons. 

things I learned:

When sewing this small, mark all sewing lines
hand sewing is your friend, although I did use the machine
fiddle and make the stuffing a little more even on the "hand close" side
enjoy the wonkiness 

There a lots of free tutorials and patterns online....just type in b i s c o r n u.

I made this is less than thirty minutes from...."hey, I could do that" to posting a pic. If I can, you me! Speedy is not my middle name.

Happy sewing!


  1. How adorable! I hope this is day 4! :)

  2. I've had biscornus on my radar for a while but have never tried them. did you know there's also a 15 sided one? Yours is really sweet, so tiny.