How to Sew a Pin Cushion

These pin cushions make perfect gifts for friends and family who like to sew. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and can be personalized for each recipient with specific fabrics and buttons!

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Watch this video to see step-by-step how to make your pin cushion. Make sure that you download the pattern by signing up for my newsletter above. This will provide you with the supply list and basic cutting instructions.

Two very specific supplies that you’ll need when making the pin cushions are buttons and crushed walnut shells. You likely have a button collection (or a friend or family member with a button stash you can raid). But you may want specific buttons for these pin cushions. I purchased these sewing themed buttons from the Annie’s Catalog.

Another important supply in pin cushion making is the filling. Crushed Walnut Shells are excellent pincushion filler. You can find Crushed Walnut shells at the pet store (they are often used in reptile habitats), quilt shops also may carry crushed walnut shells for pin cushion filling. If you’re planning to make a stack of pin cushions as gifts, I found this 15lb bag of crushed walnut shells that will fill 40-45 of these pincushions.

Pincushion Necklace

I always need a place to rest my needle between stitches. I can’t tell you how often my sleeve, or pants leg, or the arm of the sofa have become my pincushion in a pinch! This Pincushion necklace is both much more convenient and much more fashionable when it comes to putting your needle somewhere! You can make this pincushion necklace with just a few supplies – most you probably already have at home! And even better – this pincushion is a no-sew project!

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To make your pincushion necklace, you’ll need:
Fabric of your choice (I went with this beautiful Bari J. Floral from Art Gallery Fabrics)
Batting Scraps
Pen or other marking tool
Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
Mini Wooden Hoop (or find similar here)

Take the hoop center from the hoop. Place it on the fabric. I found a pretty flower to center on my hoop. You’ll want to cut an inch away from the line to give yourself plenty of extra fabric! If you look closely you can see that I traced my line an inch away from the edge of the wooden circle so that I wouldn’t leave lines on my fabric that might be visible in the finished pincushion necklace.

Trace the hoop center onto your batting. You’ll want between 3-5 layers of batting, depending on how thick your batting is. Cut out the batting on the line.

Place your fabric right-side-down on your table. Place the batting pieces on top, and then the wooden hoop center on top of that.

Lift the stack up, and place on top of the hoop front. Make sure the screw on the top of the hoop front has been loosened. Here I have it as loose as possible.

Gently push through until the hoop front is flush with the hoop center. Tighten the screw on the top to secure the hoop in place.

Carefully hot glue the fabric to the hoop center. You’ll want the fabric tight, but not stretched.

You’ll want this fabric as flat as possible.

Once the fabric is on, add some extra hot glue to the back and secure the back on. You can press it down on the table to make everything is as flat as possible.

Your pincushion necklace is complete! This necklace also makes a great gift for friends!

Pin Cushion Dish

I grew up reading the Little House on the Prairie books. I’m so excited that Andover has come out with a line of fabric celebrating this fun series of books. They sent me some of their fabric to play with, so I made this fun Pin Cushion Dish. The dish is nice and deep so that not only can you hold pins and needles in the pin cushion, but the dish will also keep scissors, thimbles, and more corralled.

make this simple English Paper Pieced pincushion dish to hold your sewing notions

You’ll need:
Ramekin (these were 2 for $3 at Target)
LHOTP Fabric (at least 4 designs)
1.5″ Dritz English Paper Piecing Shapes
Fabric glue stick
Needle & Thread
Sewing Machine
Crushed Walnut Shells
Polyfil

supplies for pin cushion

Cut your fabrics with a 3/8″ seam allowance.

cut fabric

Baste the fabric onto the hexagons. I like to glue baste.

glue baste edges

Stitch the hexagons together.

stitch hexagons together

You’ll want to make a flower shape with 7 hexagons.

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Press well, front and back.

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Remove the papers.

peel out papers

Press again, so seams are flat. Place onto a background fabric, and topstitch the two layers together. This is like quilting, but with no batting between the layers.

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Draw a circle, and trim.

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Trace the ramekin on spare fabric, and cut.

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Pin the two together. ease the excess seam evenly all around.

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Stitch down, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Fill with crushed walnut shells. Then add a little bit of Polyfil to vover the hole.This helps to have less walnut shells fall out.

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Stitch the hole closed, then tuck into the ramekin.

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Your pin cushion is complete!

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