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.
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.
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.
Log Cabin: Patchwork with heirloom puffing.
Sweetheart: Made with fabric scraps, Iron on adhesive, stuffing. Free template download available.
Hanging: Made with canning jar rings, cardboard, fabric and batting.
Strawberry: Pattern tutorial makes two. Free pattern sheet download.
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.
Homespun Hearts: Includes free pdf pattern download.
Tin Can: Clever craft made from a cleaned tin can.
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.
Flower Pot: Requires no sewing and is made with a small flower pot.
Pear-Shaped Cushion: Includes free template.
Bottlecap: A mini-craft made from felt, stuffing and a bottlecap.
Thumb: This is made to fit around your thumb, how convenient!
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.
Handy Dandy: Made to fit on top of a spool of thread.
Amish Puzzle Ball: Neat! Made by sewing stuffed fabric wedges together.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Wool Felt Christmas Tree: Festive idea for holiday crafting! Made with wool felt, stuffing and a strip of velcro for closure. Free pdf download.
Teacup & Saucer
*First published November 27, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization
Forever lost but now found on the web archive: Teacup & Saucer
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
- 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
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)