Petite Pictures & Portrait Pins

Use small scraps of fabric to make darling portrait pins like these.

This project requires a little bit of drawing with your sewing machine. I like to draw simple scenes and images like faces, animals, and simple buildings. I’m particularly interested in drawing with one line, not picking up my pencil (or needle). Think about the one-line drawings of Picasso where a single line creates the image. They are simple and minimalist, not taking away from the image, but adding to it.

About this Quilt

Designed By : Enid Gjelten Weischelbaum

“You probably have a pile of fabric scraps in your sewing materials. You are likely to have also made an effort to use or get rid of some of those scraps. You may even have made the difficult decision of what to toss and what to save. Which pieces are too small to use? I try to discipline myself to not save too much. That is, until now when the teeniest, tiniest pieces can be used. The smallest scraps are all I need to make a miniature portrait or picture pins. Now that I make lots of these pins, I always keep small scraps of fabric with fusible web already attached in a basket just for these projects.”
– Enid Gjelten Weischelbaum

Download instructions for this project along with art quilting techniques in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Wool felt in 2 coordinating colors, approximately 8″ x 10″
  • Cotton fabric scraps, solid colors or tone-on-tone colors
  • Paper-backed fusible web
  • Jewelry pin backs
  • Black thread
  • Tweezers for placing small pieces (Optional)