Spooky Biscornu Tutorial – Easy Guide

Last Updated on January 10, 2024

Spooky season is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate than by diving into a Halloween-inspired craft project? Today, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a “spooky biscornu” – a quirky and cute biscornu that serves as both a pin cushion and a decorative item.

Spooky Biscornu


  • Embrace a cute and quirky biscornu, perfect for adding a touch of festive charm to your crafting space.
  • Despite its unique shape, constructing the biscornu is surprisingly simple. Follow the backstitching and sewing techniques to achieve a professional-looking finish.
  • Download the free spooky biscornu pattern or create your own Halloween-inspired design to personalize your project and make it uniquely yours.
  • Use your biscornu as a pin cushion or display it on a shelf for a whimsical and eye-catching decoration. It’s a versatile addition to your crafting repertoire.

What is a Biscornu, and How is It Pronounced?

Spooky Biscornu

A biscornu is a uniquely shaped item often used as a pin cushion or decorative piece. As for pronunciation, it can be pronounced as “bis-cohr-noo” or “bis-cone-oo.” Regardless of how you say it, it remains a charming and versatile craft project.

How to Create a Spooky Biscornu

Create a Spooky Biscornu by stitching a Halloween-inspired pattern on two fabric squares, backstitching the outline, and whip-stitching the squares together. Fill with stuffing, complete the stitching, and attach buttons for a cute and festive Halloween pin cushion.

Materials Needed

  1. Two same-sized squares of fabric (around 5 inches square)
  2. Cross stitch pattern (download the free spooky biscornu pattern here)
  3. Embroidery floss (in various colors as per the pattern)
  4. Stuffing material (polyester toy filling, fabric scraps, etc.)
  5. Two buttons or beads
  6. Needle, scissors, pins


Here’s the measurements needed for the spooky biscornu:

Two fabric squaresApproximately 5 inches x 5 inches
Cross stitch patternAs per provided or personal design
Embroidery flossStandard lengths for cross stitching
Stuffing materialAmount as needed, for corners and firmness
Two buttons or beadsMatching and suitable size for design
Needle, scissors, pinsStandard crafting tools

Step by Step Biscornu

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Step 1: Stitching the Pattern

Stitching the Pattern
Stitching the Pattern

Begin by stitching the spooky biscornu pattern onto your fabric squares. You can use the provided pattern or create your own Halloween-inspired design. Leave about a half-inch border around each square for stitching.

Step 2: Backstitching


The key to constructing the biscornu is the backstitched square outline. Use two strands of embroidery floss for backstitching, making it extra strong. Fold the edges of both squares in along the backstitch lines, and fold the corners in, creating a neat corner. Secure the folds with pins if needed.

Step 3: Stitching the Squares Together

Stitching the Squares Together

Offset the two squares and match the center point of one side of the top square to the corner point of the bottom square. Use a whip stitch, sewing through the back stitches on both squares. Continue stitching and turning corners until three sides are completed, leaving an opening for stuffing.

Step 4: Stuffing


Fill the biscornu with stuffing material, ensuring the corners are well-filled for an even shape. Squeeze and adjust the firmness to your liking.

Step 5: Completing the Stitching

Finish stitching the open sides, closing the biscornu. Tie a knot to secure the thread and hide the tail inside the biscornu.

Step 6: Attaching Buttons or Beads

Attaching Buttons or Beads
Attaching Buttons or Beads

Choose two matching buttons or beads. Use two strands of embroidery floss for stitching. Attach the buttons by passing the thread through the middle of the biscornu, securing it tightly. Fasten off by tying a knot and trimming the thread.

Step 7: Final Touches

Spooky Biscornu

Admire your finished spooky biscornu! Adjust the buttons if needed and trim any excess thread. Your biscornu is now ready to add a touch of Halloween charm to your crafting space.


Can I use a different fabric size for my biscornu?

While we suggest using around 5-inch squares, you can adjust the size to your preference. Just ensure the squares are the same size for symmetry in your biscornu.

What can I use as stuffing for my biscornu?

Various materials, such as polyester toy filling, fabric scraps, or orts, can be used for stuffing. If you prefer a neater finish, consider creating a small inner bag to hold the stuffing securely.

I don’t have matching buttons. Can I use different ones?

Matching buttons create a cohesive look, and using different buttons can add a unique touch. Ensure the buttons are not too large to interfere with the design or shape of your biscornu.

How do I secure the thread when attaching buttons?

To secure the thread when attaching buttons:

  • Pass it through the middle of the biscornu a couple of times.
  • For added strength, wrap the thread around underneath the button, tying it off securely.
  • Trim any excess thread for a polished finish.

Can I customize the biscornu pattern for my own design?

Feel free to customize the biscornu pattern to suit your preferences. Add your own Halloween-inspired elements or create a unique design to make your biscornu unique.

I’m new to cross-stitching. Is the biscornu tutorial suitable for beginners?

Yes, the biscornu tutorial is beginner-friendly. The step-by-step instructions and detailed explanations make it accessible for those new to cross-stitching or crafting in general. Enjoy the process, and have fun creating your spooky biscornu!


Congratulations! You’ve successfully crafted a spooky biscornu. We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that your biscornu adds a festive touch to your decor. Feel free to share your creations on social media, and if you enjoyed this tutorial, consider checking out our other craft projects on the website.

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