Biscornu Tutorial

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It may seem complex to obtain this strange shape that doesn’t seem to know whether it’s a sphere or a cube (more info about biscornus here), but it’s actually pretty straightforward to finish: try it now if you’ve never attempted a biscornu before! And for those of you who’re already familiar with biscornus, here’s how to make them into gorgeous wedding ring cushions

You’ll need:

  • 2 equal & square stitched designs (all 8 sides must be exactly the same length)
  • Granulex Soft silicone granules, or polyester filling
  • 1 large bead for the front (such as Mill Hill Pebble Beads)
  • button / 1 sew-on crystal for the back (to match the design)
  • some ribbon

Ready?

1. Iron the stitched designs on the reverse (here’s how to, if there are beads on it), trim out the excess fabric leaving about 1/2 inch around the edge, then cut off the tip of each corner. With pins, mark the exact centre of each backstitched side. Repeat on the other square so that all 8 sides are marked.

2. Carefully fold back the fabric along all 8 edges. Position the pieces so that each pin is aligned with a corner of the opposite piece.

3. Start stitching using the loop method, and whipstitch your way around the biscornu, using 2 strands of stranded cotton of the same shade as the backstitch so it all blends in together. (Stitch each pair of facing backstitches together, one after the other. Make sure you don’t skip any stitches, and you don’t catch the fabric with the needle.)

4. As you stitch on, the biscornu will start to take shape. Before you finish stitching it, fill it with silicone granules or polyester filling.

5. Choose 2 beads/buttons/sew-on crystals to match the biscornu. Stitch them together (one on each side of the biscornu) pulling them close as you do so, to create a dip in the centre of the cushion.

6. To make the biscornu into a wedding ring cushion, thread the ribbon through the bead, and use it to tie the wedding rings to the biscornu.

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Biscornu Tutorial - Faby Reilly Designs

A few design ideas you may like, for which this method works really well:

Peacock Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Stitching Set

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PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Peacock stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.

Don’t just store your stitching tools – do it with style and panache! These designs feature proud peacocks and their glorious feathers, enhanced with beads and sequins.

£10.00
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Violet Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Stitching Set
Violet Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Violet stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£10.00
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Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this striking biscornu pin-cushion – don’t just pin your needles, do it with style and panache!
This design features a proud peacock and his glorious feathers, beautifully enhanced with beads and sequins. Once assembled, this biscornu is about 10.5 x 10.5 cm (4″) wide and 4 cm (1.5″) thick.

£5.00
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Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Once Upon a Rose Biscornu

Pattern to stitch a soft & dreamy biscornu as a wedding ring cushion, or (without the ribbon & wedding rings) as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, or even simply as an ornament! This design would also make a very pretty Mother’s Day gift.
Once assembled, it’s about 10 cm (4″) wide and 5 cm (2″) thick.
This design features a wreath of white roses and buds, and it’s enhanced with beads and sequins for a stunning sparkly finish.

£5.00
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Snowdrop Biscornu
Snowdrop Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Snowdrop Biscornu

PDF Pattern to stitch this biscornu with delicately arranged snowdrops, enhanced with special stitches, silver thread, white beads and mother-of-pearl sequins.

£5.00
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Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu
Violet Biscornu

Pattern to stitch this pretty biscornu. It can be used as a pin cushion, a paperweight, a fragranced pomander, an elegant wedding ring cushion, or simply as an ornament!
This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£5.00
Add to basket

To browse all biscornu designs, click HERE.

4 Responses

  1. […] Biscornu Tutorial […]

  2. […] Yep, so a biscornu is a little cushion made of 2 stitched squares, like a standard cushion, except that they’re not assembled into a normal square pillow, they’re assembled into a wonky pillow. To see how that’s done, do read the Biscornu tutorial. […]

  3. Donnalee
    | Reply

    These are so beautiful! I love all of your work.

    • Faby Reilly
      | Reply

      Aw, thank you so much Donnalee 😊 !!

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