Toadstool Cottage and Mushroom House: free pattern and tutorial

Toadstool Cottage (left) and Mushroom House (right)

Now, I know that craft blogs are full of mushroom pincushions, but when I decided I had to have a mushroom pincushion of my very own, I couldn’t find a pattern or tutorial for the shapes I had in mind. Not that the ones I found weren’t lovely, just that I had a very specific image in my head of how I wanted my pincushions to look.

Failing to find a pattern on the internet, I again had to resort to making my own pattern, this time using a compass, a protractor, a ruler, and my rusty knowledge of geometry. Now, either my knowledge of geometry was much better than I thought, or I was incredibly lucky, because the pattern worked.

If you want to make your own, here’s how.

First, get a compass, protractor and ruler…. Only kidding.

You’ll need the following materials:

Red & white felt: a 9″ (23 cm) square of each will be big enough to make Toadstool Cottage and Mushroom Cottage unless you enlarge the pattern. Or, you can use any other colours you like.

Embroidery floss or wool:

  • White, for attaching the spots (you could use normal sewing thread for this instead)
  • Green, for grass and stems
  • Brown, for the door and windows
  • Selection of colours for the flowers. I used red, pink, blue and yellow

Scraps of coloured felt (or other fabric) for doors and windows

Sewing thread, embroidery needle, etc

Stuffing: I used toy stuffing for mine as I wanted them to be washable, but you could also use pellets or rice, or even wood shavings as stuffing.


Download the pattern file

Click here for the pattern. That link will take you to a PDF of the pattern pieces. If you print the document at 100% of its size your Toadstool Cottage will be approximately 5″ or 13 cm high, and Mushroom House will be approximately 4″ or 10 cm high. (Unless I really messed up the production of the file, in which case let me know…)

You can enlarge or reduce the pattern to make different sizes.

Please note: this free pattern download is not for resale. All rights reserved. No part of the pattern may be reproduced in any form. The written instructions, photographs, design, and pattern are intended for personal, non-commercial use only i.e. you are not permitted to sell any items made using this pattern.

Cut out the following pieces

From red felt

  • Either 4 x cap top 1 for Toadstool Cottage or 4 x cap top 2 for Mushroom Cottage

From white felt

  • Either 1 x cap bottom 1 for Toadstool cottage or 1 x cap bottom 2 for Mushroom Cottage
  • 1 x stalk
  • 1 x base
  • 8 or 9 spots (I used 9 spots for Toadstool Cottage and 8 spots for Mushroom House)

From felt colour for door

  • 1 x door

From felt colour for windows

  • 4 x curtains

Make the cap

Step 1: take two red cap top pieces and pin together. For Toadstool Cottage, sew down one of the long sides, using a ¼” seam. For Mushroom House, sew down one of the sides without the notch, as shown below, using a ¼” seam. Repeat for the other two red cap pieces.

Step 2: open both the sewn pieces out flat, and pin to each other, matching the corners and seams. Sew together, using a ¼” seam.

Step 3: turn right side out, and sew the white spots to the cap using running stitch. If you prefer, you can attach the spots using fabric glue. I used nine spots for Toadstool Cottage, and eight spots for Mushroom House.

TIP: it is easier to sew the spots to the cap before the cap is stuffed, but if you prefer, you can sew them on later.

Step 4: turn the cap inside out again, and baste the cap bottom to the edge. Sew using as small a seam allowance as possible, a maximum of a ¼” seam (I used an 1/8″ seam, but both work).

Turn the cap right side out again, taking care not to stretch the cap bottom.

Make the base

Step 1: place the door in position on the stalk piece and baste into place. Note: the base of the door should sit about ¼” above the bottom of the stalk, as shown below. Sew the door in position using chain or back-stitch, and make a French knot for the door handle. Then baste the curtains in position, and embroider the window frames, again using chain stitch or back-stitch.

Step 2: embroider the stalk with any details you like, leaving a margin of ¼” round the edge of the stalk piece. As you can see, I embroidered lots of flowers, because that’s what I wish the front of my house looked like. I used a combination of detached chain stitches, back stitch, and French knots for my embroidery.

Step 3: once you have finished decorating the stalk, fold it in half with the embroidery on the inside, and the two short sides matching up, and sew using a ¼” seam, then turn the right way out.

Join the cap and base together

Step 1: lightly stuff the cap. Don’t stuff it too much, as you need to be able to insert the stalk into the opening.

Step 2: insert the stalk into the opening, and baste into place.

Then sew firmly using ladder stitch.

Step 3: once the stalk is attached, finish stuffing the cap firmly. Then stuff the stalk, but loosely. You shouldn’t have any stuffing poking out of the bottom when you’ve finished, or the pin cushion won’t stand up (check that it stands up before you attach the base, and adjust the stuffing if needed).

TIP: if you’re using pellets or rice or something similar for stuffing, it maybe useful to cut a circle of card or plastic to line the base with.

Step 4: attach the base using running stitch.

And ta daaaaa! You’re done.

If you make any of these, please post a pic to The Little House by the Sea flickr pool or send me a pic, as I’d love to see them.


213 Responses to “Toadstool Cottage and Mushroom House: free pattern and tutorial”

  1. charlotte Says:

    oh my god – those are SO cute!!!!!

  2. antonia Says:

    LOvE LovE LoVe them.

  3. Bieba Says:

    Danke für die Anleitung samt Vorlage !!!
    Hoffe, dass ich sie annähernd so hübsch hinbekommen werde
    Thank you for the pattern and the tutorial! They are lovley

  4. melanie smellanie Says:

    so so so so so so so cute! I’ve been trying to figure out a little thing to make my sister for Christmas, and this is JUST the thing, especially since she sews. THANKS!

  5. Blackbird Pie Says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to make these! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am going to try it with pellets in the bottom to help them stand.

  6. Jennifer P Says:

    seriously…this is just genious….i love it and have to make one soon… sister would go crazy for this……so, i won’t be able to post about it on my blog until i am finished…but then i will…….blog on sister….you are so creative….

  7. Jessie Says:

    Arrrgh! The cuteness!

  8. essie Says:

    how adorable! i love them – especially the pretty flowers 😀

  9. the mrs Says:

    Thank you so much for this. This is perfect to add to my Christmas present list.

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  11. Silvia Says:

    Oooohhhh! They’re lovely!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, I think it’s too difficult for me 😦 but I hope I’ll be able to do it one day! 😉

  12. Larissa Says:

    so beautiful…really itching to drop what I’m doing and make some.

  13. sjbraun Says:

    Oh. My. Those are the cutest things I have ever seen! I don’t remotely need a pincushion, but I’m going to try one anyway just to set around the house. Thanks!

  14. geek+nerd Says:

    These are amazing! My mother is a huge fan of all things red/white/toadstool. I don’t think I have time with the rest of my list to whip this up for her for Christmas, but this might just have to be her Mother’s Day gift this year! Thanks for the pattern!

  15. marverde Says:

    wow!! this is really really great! massive big up :X

    i cant wait to try to build this, or something similar to this 😀

    i accidentaly landed on your blog… me and my girlfriends have a dream (“our little house by the sea”) :)) and when we dream… it’s all happening there 😀

    cheers :*

  16. Cele Says:

    WOW These are Fabulous. I will definately have a go at making these this week. Can I add you have a beautiful blog. Kind wishes Cele

  17. Loralynn Says:

    These are so darling! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with all of us! You are very generous!

  18. Mimi K Says:

    These are adorable- And what a great tutorial also!

  19. My 1st Bambina ! Says:

    Lovely !!! I ❤ mushrooms !!!
    Thanks a lot for taking the time to make this tutorial and sharing it !!!

  20. ginger Says:

    Oh my ! Isn’t these so cute have to hurry make one fast so i can put it out for christmas.Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    hugs ginger

  21. Denise Felton Says:

    This is soooooooo sweet! I’ve scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog mid-day Saturday (Central USA time), Nov. 29. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.


  22. Claire k Says:

    merci pour votre blog et le tuto
    quel rêve vos réalisations, la petite Molly et “la petite maison près du lac”…
    je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur

    its a dream: the mushroom, Molly, and “the little house by the see”
    good luck!!!!!

  23. Calypso Says:

    Thank you so much, everyone, for all your kind words and compliments. I’m really touched.

  24. Ruth Says:

    Those are gorgeous! I’m obsessed with embroidering little felt houses at the moment. I might have to make a little mushroom to go next to them!

  25. Cristy Says:

    These are the cutest things that I have ever seen (except my daughter, of course)! You are so clever!

    I plan to make a bunch of these to decorate our home this Christmas. I will post them to flickr when I’m done.


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  27. Meaghan Mountford Says:

    LOVE these. Thank you so much for the brilliant tutorial!

  28. LollyChops Says:

    These are totally cute little mushroom houses and I just love your directions to make them! They are perfectly clear!

  29. Siri Says:

    I found this in a search for “fabric mushroom patterns” and an hour later I have a mushroom on the mantle. Granted, it’s not embellished with embroidery nor sewn on spots, but I made it from cotton and linen fabrics instead, cutting the center circle of the cap bottom a little smaller to allow for a little extra seam allowance.
    Thank you so much for the pattern and instructions. I’ll post a picture sometime soon, linking here.

  30. Susana Says:

    I just loved it!!!

    I think i’m gonna try… but… not sure I can make it!!!


  31. Ketzirah Carly Says:

    Holy cow. That is just so cute it’s almost wrong.

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  34. Lo Says:

    Impresionante. It like me very very much.
    I have put a Link in a Spanish forum del that I am assiduous. I hope that it does not offend the idea to you. My more sincere congratulations because you work brilliant.
    Kisses and HAPPY CHRISTMAS


  35. mikel Says:

    thank you for this tutorial

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  39. donna in nc Says:

    thank you so much for the patterns I just love yours am planning on trying these today

  40. meg baier Says:

    thank you so muh for this very good pattern!!!it’s sooo cute!
    you can see the ones i made here:
    toadstool cottage

  41. Shivangi Says:

    These are the cutest!! >v<

  42. luxy Says:

    oh my God, its very very nice this project, I love it, im form mexico, and i like so much your blog, congratulation, excusame , my english its very ugly, but im learning. congratulations again

  43. threadfulart Says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much! I am going to make one for me nieces b-day tomorrow!
    Many thanks:)

  44. Manga Says:

    Thanks for sharing your work with us! Your theme is just awesome!

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  48. Jenna Says:

    These are SO cute! My 4 and 6 year old sons are fighting over who I will make one with a blue door for. Thanks for this tutorial, tomorrow will be a fun project day!

  49. anna Says:

    hello, thought i’d say leave a comment seeing as i’ve dropped in on your blog. i travelled here via dottiecookie who posted photos of her lovely mushroom pincushion on her blog with the link to the pattern. i’m so glad she did as it’s just gorgeous and i’ve already bought felt so that i can make one too!
    thank you for the pattern, i’m going to enjoy this project a lot!

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  51. Loralynn Says:

    Please stop by my blog to see the one I made from your wonderful pattern! Thanks for your generousity!

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  54. Marie Says:

    o wow, thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial. I will have to have a go as I’ve been wanting to make a toadstool pincushion for ages. Thank you! :oD

  55. fussball live Says:

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  56. Alison Says:

    These are really cute, as you know cos of the gazoolian responses you have had! I will have to make sure I get time to make some of these. Thank you.

  57. Rain Says:

    Deary me, these are just sooooo cute!!
    I love it!!
    Thanks a thousand time for sharing!

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  59. wendy Says:

    thank you for a gorgeous little pattern. I wish to make something little for the fire victims(children). These are excellent

  60. RaiulBaztepo Says:

    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  61. Thedottyone Says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I’ve blogged about it and uploaded my pictures to the flikr group.
    Thanks :o)
    Dotty xx

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  63. Helena Says:

    Hi !!
    I like so much this houses… Thanks for sharing with us !
    Kisses from Brazil

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  66. Melissa Haren Says:

    I loved this so much, I added it to my May Day Giveaway and linked to this tutorial. I added beads for the flowers. Thank you so much. It was very fun to make and whipped up pretty quickly! I’ll add a pic to the flickr pool.

  67. crazypatch Says:

    gorgeous… adorable

  68. April Says:

    Too cute for words! How have I missed this tutorial?!

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  71. BeckyKay Says:

    Perfect!! EXACTLY what I was looking for! I want to make larger ones for my nursery decor! (And a small one for my pincushion collection, too!) 🙂

  72. georgina Says:

    Hi!! I just want to tell you that I found your blog yesterday and made the mushroom, now I have to make the toadstool cottage. I’m in love with your work. Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! I will add a pic on the flickr group, you can visit my blog or see it on my flickr too.
    A big hug from Argentina!!!

  73. Paula Says:

    Just want to tell you that I have just made a mushroom and am working on a dozen more to give in my advent swaps this year! Thank you sooo much for your generosity in sharing your amazing pattern!
    Hugs Paula
    PS. I’ve been stitching them while sitting in hospital to beat the bordom 🙂

  74. imanmom Says:

    hai ,tq for this tutorial i take it and post to my blog…

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  76. Sam Says:

    Thanks so much for this tut….I love these! I’ve just made my first one and am starting on a second. Lovely!

  77. Paula Says:

    I have recently put up some pictures of my effort at your gorgeous mushrooms. I have also put up some free patterns. I have gotten so much from the blogging world, it’s time to pay it back.

  78. Sam Says:

    Paula, wow, I love your blog!

    I just made a mushroom to go with the toadstool and put some pics on my flickr

    Will definitely be making more of these cuties. Thanks so much for sharing!

  79. Bill Bartmann Says:

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  81. J. Harmon Says:

    Oh, I love this! I didn’t have to have one of these until I saw yours!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  82. doro Says:

    absolutely fantastic.
    i really love these!!

    i set a link. i hope you’ll agree.
    if not, please leave a short comment.



  83. Sejal Says:

    Thank you very much.
    this is so nice and cute
    i will surely make this

  84. Celine Says:

    Very excellent tutorial. Detailed and graphic. Thanks for sharing !

  85. N. Says:

    I just made one for my dd and I love it! I’m going to make another for my older dd and then another for a friend, and then another for me, and then another and another and another! Thanks so much for sharing this tute with the world! 😀

  86. dedee grigg Says:

    this is awsome my 3 yrold grandbaby loved doing this we made one for moma, one for mamaw g g, and one for grandma bird. thanks i was cool and lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Grandma Shell Says:

    I wish I’d found this sooner! I just entered a pincushion in a swap. This would have been sooooo cute! Thanks for generously sharing the pattern and directions with us.

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  90. lizzie Says:


    Have used your patterns for a number of variations and will send pics to the site one of these days. Really inspirational and given many hours of creative pleasure.

    However, came across a pic of a pincushion on sale at and feel sure they have used your pattern. Bit naughty !

    Anyway, thought I would let you know. Check it out.

    Many thanks

    Lizzie Lowe

  91. KT Says:

    Wonderful! Great pattern. Great instructions. Great photos.
    Thank you.

  92. tara Says:

    so wonderful, many many thanks;o)

  93. krisz Says:

    Thank you for this great tutorial and pattern!Instead a pin cushion i made a toadstool cottage to my daughter´s dolls.I love it as it turned out.Many thanks!

  94. Myriam Says:

    These are definitely the cutest little mushrooms I`ve ever seen. I will have to convince somebody to make one or two for me. Come to visit for a latte…. Hugs Myriam

  95. Fiona Morrison Says:

    Thank you so much this pattern was just what I needed for my craft project. Once I have posted it to my blog I will let you know.

  96. Melissa Says:

    Thanks so much for the tute and pattern! I’m going to try this.

  97. Donna Says:

    What a fun project! I love it so much that I have to make it for the group of girls that I work with at my church. They are 8 to 9 year old girls and I think they would love to make one. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge so the rest of us can enjoy having them also! Donna

  98. Jean Smith Says:

    These are fabulous, thank you for sharing them with us.

  99. Sarah Says:

    Gorgeous! Been after a new pin cushion for a while now…you may just gave answered my pin cushion prayers 🙂

  100. Anja Says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve make a link in my blog – hope it’s o.k.!

  101. victoria farrow Says:

    Thank you for the tutorial and pattern. I am always on the look out for things to make from felt for my class of 4-5 year olds. i made a pair of elf shoes to go with the story of the elves and the shoe maker. The little toadstool house will promote story telling and imaginative play. I am looking for ideas for a dinosaur hatching from an egg. Any ideas?
    Thanks Victoria

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  104. Mimi Says:

    I’m trying to make the mushroom house, and maybe i’m retarded or something but I don’t understand how to attach the cap top to the cap bottom and what the pointy things are for… if you could explain I’d be grateful =)

  105. Calypso Says:

    The notches (pointy things) are simply there to indicate which side is the bottom. You can snip them off once you’ve sewn the cap top together. Then just match up the edges of the cap top and the base and away you go.

  106. Mimi Says:

    Thank you but I’m still totally lost here… I’ve followed your instructions on how to make the cap top and now that I want to attach it to the cap bottom, I can’t figure how to do it AT ALL. First, the cap looks a lot bigger than the base (though I did cut cap base 2 and cap top 2).
    Also I’m a total beginner and I’m afraid I don’t understand your instructions (maybe I’m stupid because everybody else seems to think it’s easy):

    “turn the cap inside out again, and baste the cap bottom to the edge. Sew using as small a seam allowance as possible. Turn the cap right side out again, taking care not to stretch the cap bottom”

    HOW do I do that? if I turn my cap inside out, it’s not flat like on your drawing at all, it’s… well like a cap, a dome. And even if I do figure a way to sew it to the base, how do I turn it right side out again once it’s stiched???

    I’m sorry if I sound stupid but I’m really confused =(

    • Calypso Says:

      The circumference of the cap top and of the base should be exactly the same if you used a 1/4 inch seam allowance – if they’re not the same, it doesn’t matter too much, it just means you’ll have to gather some of the ease. If you are having trouble matching them up, then I recommend folding the base into quarters and marking each fold – you will then have marks at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Match these marks up to each of the seams on the cap top, and baste in place. Then match up each of the edges between these marks, gathering any excess as you go. Once you are happy with how it looks, sew the seam. To turn the cap right side out again, pull the red part through the hole in the middle of the base, but take care not to stretch the hole as you do it.

      I hope this makes a bit more sense. Good luck.

  107. Mimi Says:

    Thank you so much… but I’m afraid I’m still totally lost here. I think I’m going to give up. It makes me sad and it is frustrating and it makes me feel like I’m the most retarded person in the world… =(
    I think I’m so retarded I actually need to watch someone do it to be able to do it myself. Besides I’m french and I don’t even know what an inch is (we use centimeters)…

    Nevermind, thank you anyway.

  108. Spyder Says:

    These are just too cute, saw one on another blog and was linked here!!

  109. Lisa Says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing pattern and tutorial! It’s been a very long time since I did any embroidery(gotta love youtube demo videos). I sent my mushroom out as part of a Worldwide Pincushion Swap. I posted about it here along with a photo Have a great long weekend!

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  111. Lorena Says:

    Thank u so very much for the lovely pattern and tuto. I will love to make them for my kids’ room !!

  112. Loredana Says:

    What a talented lady you are. Really marvellous work.

  113. Carol Says:

    Thanks for the template! I love this mushrooms!!

  114. Homesteadgirl Says:

    These are crazy-amazing. Can’t wait to make some for my kids!!! I just designed a knitted toadstool before I even looked online…now I’m searching for what others have done, and came across THIS. I am so going to make these this week!!

  115. Shelley Says:

    Your amanita muscaria mushroom house is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I’m working on one right now and will send you a pic once it’s finished.

  116. Nancy Says:

    Hi, they are great!!! I’ve made one, and put a link to your site!! Thank you for sharing!!

  117. Christine Says:


    I´m Christine from Germany and looking around in different blogs and just found your mushrooms…… they are absolutely wonderfull!!!!!

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  120. mayri Says:

    I shared this mushrooms with my friend.
    Have a nice Sunday

  121. Jo Lloyd Says:

    thank you for sharing this little pincushion. I am hoping to make it to add as a gift in a mini quilt swap that I am involved with, hope my partner likes it as much as I do.

  122. Helen Says:

    So adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  124. heyteach11 Says:

    These are precious! As a fairly new quilter (but lifelong sew-er!), I’ve started collecting pincushions & I will LOVE making the Toadstool Cottage to add to my happy collection!

  125. Nici Says:

    Thank you for the pattern! I blew it up 300% and modified it a bit to make a Mario 1-UP mushroom/purse for Halloween (I’m going as Princess Daisy). Obviously it wouldn’t translate quite right all blown up like that so I did have to edit as I went along, but it turned out pretty cute!
    To make it into a purse, I made the top mushroom cap part and the stem separate, and put sort of an inside-out stem into the top of the mushroom. Then I sewed the actual closed-up stem (Just put another circle of fabric onto the top of it so it was just sort of a conical cylinder) onto the mushroom cap a few inches and put Velcro on the front of the mushroom so that the stem will stay in place when I carry it around. To make it a Mario mushroom, I sewed two long button eyes on the stem and glued five big white dots on the top. It’s super cute, if I do say so myself. 🙂

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  127. Darlene Says:

    I am in a group that makes pin cushions for swaps this will be next on my list.Thanks

  128. estu Says:

    cute! cute! cute! thank you so much for the pattern.

  129. Lupe Says:

    8DD Up to the craft room I go!! Adorable, thank you for the inspiration.

  130. sarah Says:

    hi there,love the little mushroom…would it be possible if i could buy 3 from you….i have been trying to contact you but i dont know how to track you down.please contact me…..’please please’…

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  132. Sarma R. Says:

    I love mushrooms, thank you for the pattern. When I get time to make this I will post picture.
    Thank you again.

  133. Eilleen Says:

    Thank you very much, merci beaucoup pour ce tutorial, le modèle is very cute!!

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  135. Melissa Says:

    Very Cute! Thank you for sharing!

  136. sayayan Says:

    hi, these are so cute and they are just what i need to make my lil mushroom plushes. xD
    i was wondering, though, how i could alter the pattern to have it look somewhat more like this? (the bigger one)

  137. Brenda C. Says:

    Love, love, love it!!! Have enjoyed looking at the flicker pictures also.
    Thank you for sharing. And for the woman that posted she is having trouble converting inches to cm, all she has to do is go to “google” and request: convert 5″ to cm or whatever the measurement is. I have had success converting centimeters to inches by entering the measurement on google. Maybe this will help others. Thanks again

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  139. suzyb Says:

    Beautiful and inspitational

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  141. sarah Says:

    love the toadstools/mushrooms….do you do orders…if so could i order 3..please please please…..xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  146. lehuntzin Says:

    These are so stinking cute. I can’t wait to make these pincushions. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  148. joywalesJoy Says:

    Was looking for a pattern for a cup-cake pincushion, but once I saw your mushroom pin-cushion I forgot all about cupcakes and have just printed out your pattern – thank you, thank you, thank you.

  149. real estate Says:

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  150. Nikoline Says:

    have a look af my mushroom house

  151. Enci Says:

    Thanks for the great pattern, check out my version if you want here:

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  154. Terry Peters Says:


    I can’t get your pattern for these very cute pincushions. Could you please check your url for the pattern. I would love to make these for myself and my friend who quilts like crazy.


  155. evita armas Says:

    que original simplemente lindo

  156. Tracie Says:

    This is the first real 3-dimensional item I’ve made. Following your directions it really was quite fun and easy. Thanks for posting this adorable pattern. I want to make ten more!

  157. Lila Says:

    These are so cute and well designed!
    I just posted a photo and a link on my blog this morning!

  158. Sylvie Says:

    I have just made 2 of your lovely mushrooms (i’ll use them to decorate my daughter’s bedroom)
    thank you soooo much for sharing this, and for the tuto !

  159. hermela cris Says:

    uau adorable!! lovely,bjos

  160. Audrey Says:

    Thank you they are lovely.

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  162. jet Says:

    aaaaaw this is soooo cute and lovely, my fave bulgerian friend will love this as well, i think i will give it a try for her as a gift.
    We both love tiny houses and dollhouses so i’m very greatfull about this sharing of you. thank you very very much;-D

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    Thank you so much!
    I’ve made several to give as gifts!
    Found cute little single cupcake boxes by wilton to place them in!

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  166. HydrangeA Says:

    I Love them. I’ve made one with small changes. You can see my pics on your flickr group. Cheerio from Spain!

  167. Melinda D Says:

    Hi there, mine turned out a little different but please come visit it at
    Thankyou for the being able to use your pattern 🙂 I love it!

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  169. Liz Wallace Says:

    I made these, had to modify the base a bit, but they came out great! Thanks so much!!!

  170. Joy B Says:

    These are adorable! Found this on Pinterest and had to check out your pattern and tutorial. Great stuff! Thanks so much!

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  172. Anne Says:

    Many thanks for sharing your brilliant idea!! Ingenious!

  173. Lotti Bay Says:

    Wonderful pattern! They turned out so cute.
    Thank you SO much for sharing!

  174. katerina63 Says:

    I have to say, I’ve done exactly as you’ve said with the proper 1/4 inch seam allowance, but I have the same problem as Mimi. The mushroom cap IS bigger than the base.

  175. katerina63 Says:

    You just have to modify the base a bit. I made mine 2cm bigger in circumference and it worked fine.

    Thanks for being generous enough to share this tutorial 🙂

    • Calypso Says:

      How odd: I’ve never had a problem with the size of the base, and I’ve made quite a few of these. I wonder what we’re doing differently? I’m glad you found a way round it in the end.

  176. katerina63 Says:

    The only thing I really don’t get is why are there notches on the mushroom cap?

  177. Annewieke Says:

    I’ts so cute! Love it!

  178. ZhoukDesign Says:

    Thanks so much for this cute and easy to follow tutorial. I found you about 4 years ago, started the toadstool and then lost momentum. I had the perfect reason to start it back up again for a friend’s woodland themed baby shower. I just finished the toadstool with no problems. It’s so adorable! Thank you for putting the effort into creating this for all of us!

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  180. Emma Says:

    This lady is claiming your tutorial for her own here:

  181. Thanh Says:

    I don’t leave a comment, however after browsing some of the remarks here Toadstool Cottage and Mushroom House: free pattern and tutorial | The little house by the sea. I do have 2 questions for you if you do not mind. Is it only me or do a few of the responses come across like they are written by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are posting at additional online social sites, I’d like to keep up with you.
    Could you list of all of your social networking sites like your twitter feed,
    Facebook page or linkedin profile?

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  183. Sonia V. Says:

    Thank you! this is soooo helpful, my daughter absolutely wanted a Smurf house, I’m not a crafty person but with this “look like easy” tutorial & your pattern I’m definitely giving it a try!

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  187. Jo (@Boogaloo_Girl) Says:

    that is the cutest thing ever…i am going to attempt these for MIL xmas gift.

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  190. riw324 Says:

    love it!

    plz check out my blog…

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  192. Tracy McNicoll Says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely pattern, it is exactly what I was looking for

  193. Ariadne Says:

    Same person?

  194. Tom Alon Says:

    i like them

  195. Tara Caughlan Says:

    I made one!
    Thank you so much for the pattern~

  196. aprende a hacer crochets Says:

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  197. Kelvin Evans Says:

    This item is listed on GOOGLE as an added image to their “images for Christmas sewing projects to sell”-when your copyright declares otherwise. Confused? You betcha!

  198. Jerri Rose Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial, I’ve used these as part of a play mat I made for my toddler. I’ve linked back to your original post for the pattern, hope that’s ok, Thanks again for sharing x

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  201. Judy P Says:

    I really doubt if hundreds of people all over the world are copying your pattern. thats one bad thing about people and their copyrights, other people have the same ideas too, although that hippywitch is too close to not be copying. They are adorable.

  202. Beth Says:

    Your so awesome thanks for the perfect pattern

  203. Elsa Says:

    Very beautiful. Love it!
    I have included your tutorial in a list of links for felt pincushions on my blog
    Thank you for sharing

  204. Tina Marie Says:

    These are adorable! Thank you! My mother-in-law will love them! Only hope I can make them as well as you did! (<:

  205. darsie Says:


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