50+ Free Pincushion Patterns

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This list of pincushions is one you’ll want to bookmark since I add to it regularly…some have been featured previously on Tipnut and moved here to keep all the projects in one handy place. Below you’ll find over 50 tutorials listed and because there are so many, I’ve organized another project sheet with more ideas (including knit and crochet versions) so things are tidy (all free). You’ll find them listed here (which currently lists another 50+ tutorials)

monkeyroom.blogspot.com

monkeyroom.blogspot.com

Monkeyroom’s Pincushion Caddy: The pincushion is reversible so you can choose two compatible fabrics and switch between having one as the outside and one as the pincushion.

Hanging: Padded block with a handy fabric strap for hanging. Free pdf download.

craftleftovers.com

craftleftovers.com

mimikirchner.com

mimikirchner.com

Make-Do: These are made to fit in cups, glasses, anything with an opening to put a pin cushion in or a shaft to put a pin cushion around.

Country Mouse: Made with fabric, felt and stuffing.

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com

mybyrdhouse.blogspot.com

calamityjanescottage.blogspot.com

calamityjanescottage.blogspot.com

Log Cabin: Patchwork with heirloom puffing.

Sweetheart: Made with fabric scraps, Iron on adhesive, stuffing. Free template download available.

ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com

ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com

onmysideoftheroom.blogspot.com

onmysideoftheroom.blogspot.com

Hanging: Made with canning jar rings, cardboard, fabric and batting.

Strawberry: Pattern tutorial makes two. Free pattern sheet download.

embroideroo.blogspot.com

embroideroo.blogspot.com

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

Ladybug: Made with bits of felt.

Mushroom: Another sweet felt pincushion.

flickr.com

flickr.com

quiltmaker.com

quiltmaker.com

Pin Blossoms: Whether mellow and mild or wayward and wild, choose fabrics to match your personality for this quick-to-make pin cushion.

Cute Minis: These cute cushions are as decorative as they are practical.

craftstylish.com

craftstylish.com

fatquartershop.com

fatquartershop.com

Homespun Hearts: Includes free pdf pattern download.

Tin Can: Clever craft made from a cleaned tin can.

designspongeonline.com

designspongeonline.com

xstitchhappy.com

xstitchhappy.com

Busy Bees: Free cross stitch chart, no tutorial for turning the piece into a pincushion but that’s easy to figure out.

Basket: Sweet little project made with a small basket, a scrap of fabric and stuffing.

zakkalife.blogspot.com

zakkalife.blogspot.com

thelongthread.com

thelongthread.com

Flower Pot: Requires no sewing and is made with a small flower pot.

Pear-Shaped Cushion: Includes free template.

uklassinus.blogspot.com

uklassinus.blogspot.com

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

Bottlecap: A mini-craft made from felt, stuffing and a bottlecap.

Thumb: This is made to fit around your thumb, how convenient!

loopylace.com

loopylace.com

lovetocrochetandknit.blogspot.com

lovetocrochetandknit.blogspot.com

Flower: Super easy to make just using a stuffed circle of fabric and embroidery thread.

Half Doll: Learn how to make these vintage-inspired beauties.

helengibb.com

helengibb.com

mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com

mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com

Handy Dandy: Made to fit on top of a spool of thread.

Amish Puzzle Ball: Neat! Made by sewing stuffed fabric wedges together.

craftster.org

craftster.org

abyquilt.blogspot.com

abyquilt.blogspot.com

Starfruit: Neat design and you can make this in any size you like.

Ring: Sew a small round pincushion made with a scrap of fabric and stuffing then attach to a ring with a plate.

my-little-nook.blogspot.com

my-little-nook.blogspot.com

pennyshands.blogspot.com

pennyshands.blogspot.com

Hexie Caddy: It’s a pincushion & sewing gadget caddy in one, made with pieces of fabric, cereal box cardboard and a glue stick.

African Violet: Sweet little design based on a favorite household plant.

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/

littlepaperdog.blogspot.com

littlepaperdog.blogspot.com

Jar: Make this with an old mason jar, a scrap of fabric and batting.

Mouse: Sweet little critter made with scraps of cotton fabric. Pattern template provided (image file).

allaboutyou.com

allaboutyou.com

thelittlehousebythesea.wordpress.com

thelittlehousebythesea.wordpress.com

Toadstool: Made with scraps of felt. Free pdf template download.

These clever designs will hold a pincushion in place on your wrist, keeping your hands free and pins close by when doing needlework or sewing.

balzerdesigns.typepad.com

balzerdesigns.typepad.com

For The Wrist: Lace edged trim acts as button holes for fastening wristband.

Crazy Quilted: Made with scrap quilting cotton or muslin and home decor fabric. Velcro closure.

thedixiechicken.blogspot.com

thedixiechicken.blogspot.com

tearosehome.blogspot.com

tearosehome.blogspot.com

Sew Stylish: Made with petals from a silk flower and pretty fabric print. Velcro closure.

Zakka: Made with a scrap of linen, eyelet cotton, printed cotton, tan wool felt, and plastic cut from a milk carton. Velcro tab closure. Free pdf tutorial available.

etsy.com

etsy.com

planetjune.com

planetjune.com

Offset Square: Made from two squares of fabric, offset before sewing, which results in an interesting shape in the finished pincushion. Velcro closure.

Fabric Scrap: Simple to sew, it’s made from one fabric scrap, some filling and velcro. Easy!

thelongthread.com

thelongthread.com

keyka.typepad.com

keyka.typepad.com

Cuff: Free pdf download. Features a velcro tab closure.

Embroidered Ribbon: Made with a strip of pretty embroidered ribbon, embroidery floss, cardboard, elastic and stuffing.

greenkitchen.com

greenkitchen.com

byyourhands.blogspot.com

byyourhands.blogspot.com

Cupcake: Made with a jar lid, two pieces of felt, lace and polyfill stuffing. Velcro closure.

Charming Flower: The bracelet is made with a strip of elastic and lace. Very frilly!

onegirlinpink.blogspot.com

onegirlinpink.blogspot.com

diystyle.net

diystyle.net

Magnetic: Fabric wristband made with magnet inserts, velcro closure.

Wrist Version Pincushion: Clever little craft using a plastic beverage cap, hairband elastic, polyfill stuffing and a scrap of fabric.

mylittlemochi.typepad.com

mylittlemochi.typepad.com

lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com

lucykatecrafts.blogspot.com

Felt Wristwatch: Cute project using bits of felt, coordinating fabric, stuffing and features a button snap closure.

Sunny: Brighten your day with this cutie, made with scraps of felt, plastic gatorade cap and a bit of stuffing. Fastens to wrist with an elastic hair band.

rozzieland.blogs.com

rozzieland.blogs.com

spoolsewing.com

spoolsewing.com

Wool Felt Christmas Tree: Festive idea for holiday crafting! Made with wool felt, stuffing and a strip of velcro for closure. Free pdf download.

Hedgehog: Cute little critter to assist you in your crafty endeavors. The hedgehog pattern is found here.

modernquiltlove.wordpress.com

modernquiltlove.wordpress.com

michaelanns.blogspot.com

michaelanns.blogspot.com

With Scalloped Felt: A small rectangular pincushion is made with fabric scraps then trimmed with scalloped felt. Elastic band to hold around the wrist.

Teacup & Saucer
*First published November 27, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

Teacup Pincushion PictureForever lost but now found on the web archive: Teacup & Saucer

Items Needed:

Teacup & Saucer
3 inch Styrofoam ball
1/4 yard lilac & white cotton gingham fabric
1 yard of 1′ satin wired ribbon
(20) 3′ long steel pins

Directions:

  • Cover foam ball with fabric
  • Pin fabric to foam on the underside
  • Generously glue pinned side of ball and place into teacup
  • Pinch pleated ribbon until it fits around teacup ball. Tuck in ends
  • Dip steel pins into glue and pin ribbon ruffle to ball
  • Dab glue onto pastel buttons and place on the inside of ruffle, covering pins
  • Cut back off remainder of buttons and place as pictured onto the cup, saucer and fabric
Click Picture To Download Free Pattern

Click Picture To Download Free Pattern

Vintage Shamrock

This pin cushion can be made in a short time from a few small pieces of felt.

The model is red and black with a green shamrock; however, other combinations can be used.

  • Cut 2 circles from black felt for top and bottom, the shamrock and the side piece from green.
  • Applique the shamrock to top section.
  • Sew a red button in center of shamrock.
  • Cut a strip of felt 1 x 8 3/4 inches for side, sew one edge of side section to top circle, the other edge to bottom circle.
  • Cut a circle of cardboard slightly smaller than the bottom section and place in bottom of cushion, stuff with cotton or kapok.

Source: The Workbasket (1952)

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Published: August 1, 2009
Updated: August 29, 2012

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32 Comments to “50+ Free Pincushion Patterns”
  1. Fern says:

    Hey, thanks for linking to my tutorial, I hope your readers enjoy making my pincushion! :D

  2. TipNut says:

    You’re welcome Fern, it’s a great pincushion! Thanks for the mention on your blog too :).

  3. Zee says:

    Hello, your site is very cool and I would like to thank you for the link. If you have a button, I am glad to add to my side bar (links).

    Take Care,

  4. Amy says:

    The Pincushion Confection link, #20, isn’t working. Thanks for such a great site! I love it!

  5. Barbara says:

    What a great site! Thanks so much for the ideas!
    Barbara

  6. uivatubbs says:

    I can’t seem to find the pincushion pattern, with pincushion in the center and small spools of thread around the cushion. If anyone has this I would appreciate it. Thank You Uiva Tubbs

  7. TipNut says:

    I think it’s #24 on the list that you’re looking for uivatubbs, Monkeyroom’s Pincushion Tutorial.

  8. Lotus says:

    Hello!
    I wanted to tell you I think this is a fantastic site and I am a subscriber to your newsletter. I wanted to know how to submit a free pincushion pattern? I have a simple one on my flickr account that I would love to share.
    Thank you!
    Lotus L Vele

  9. TipNut says:

    Hi Lotus, you can send me the link by using the contact form here: Contact, I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  10. Christine says:

    What a great compilation. I especially like that most use recycled materials. I’m going to have a good time trying them out. Thanks.

  11. Kirsty says:

    Thanks so much! Not just for the inclusion but for the little bit beside the link. You made me smile.

  12. larissa says:

    Hey, I just clued in that my teacup pincushion was linked here. Thanks very much for including me!

  13. Judie says:

    I bought a crocheted heart shaped pin cushion in an antique store & it was dirty so I washed it (by hand) but the ruffled satin ribbon that was all around the edges that sort of stand up in peeks …fell apart. Does anyone know how to put more ribbon through the edges & do that folded, ruffled look ?
    Thanks so much

  14. jo says:

    i am looking for a 3-sided chicken pincushion pattern, has anyone seen anything like that? thank you so much!!

    • Marcy says:

      I just saw one a few moments ago but can’t remember. Google free chicken pincushion and you will find it.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m looking for the same thing. I have a 3 sided chicken pincushion that belonged to my Mother . It’s so very old . I thought about taking it apart and making a new pattern. Let me know if you find one for I would love to have the pattern.

  15. Chhavi says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful collections of how to make Bags, Potholders, Pin cushions and many many tasty recipes. I love Tipnuts and my day feels incomplete without checking out this site. Thank you so much!!!

  16. Ellen says:

    I LOVE IT!!! from a newbe here on Tipnut. What a great resource and fun too.

  17. Sarah Hensley says:

    I am delighted to find this site. I am making pincushions for an auction for our academy fundraiser. Thanks

  18. maxine cheshire says:

    just loved looking at all your pincushions cant wait to start making my own. brilliant site thanks xxxx

  19. Amira Eshak says:

    what can i say? this site is really wonderful . i live in saudi arabia and iam an old crafter who enjoys all kinds of craft so iam in love with this site and i already made a file to keep all these lovely ideas and projects. thank you so much for this out of this world site

  20. Stella says:

    What a beautiful way to use odd teacups(or chipped). The ruffle will hide defects. Thanks

  21. Nolene says:

    Love them … Lukin forward to starting one.

  22. susan says:

    I had my 12 year old granddaughter stay with me for a few days and I needed something she could do so she didn’t get bored with me. We were reading a blog about pincushions and so I was looking around the web at them and that is how I stumbled onto this site, and so glad I did. We both made the “toadstools” and they came out so cute. It was the first time my granddaughter sewed anything so I was glad to be part of it plus she was trilled to be able to bring something she made home with her. Thanks!

  23. valda says:

    What a wonderful site, been looking for something like this, can’t wait to get started on some of the ideas. Thanks.

  24. Patty P says:

    Didn’t old pincushions used to be filled with sawdust? I rmemeber them saying on the packages that the sawdust “kept the pins sharp”. Anyine?

  25. Patty P says:

    Sorry for the stupid typos!

  26. Arla Hiner says:

    The pincushions patterns are great! Thank you! Arla Hiner

  27. Linda says:

    I love pincushions….can’t wait to try some of these….Thanks so much

  28. Debbie says:

    Thank you for these! I’m going to make some more, I’ve tried one, didn’t turn out the way I planned but I’ll keep at it.
    Debbie :)

  29. Joyce Sindorf says:

    I fill my pin cushions with “Walnut Shell” available @ pet stores. Smallest amount is fairly large ..Will last a long time. Hard, heavy and keeps pins sharp.


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