Pincushion Mania! 50+ Designs To Make

Here’s the second list of pincushion patterns that I’ve collected from around the net, each offering free tutorials (some with template downloads too). You’ll find the first list here which has also been updated (January, 2011).
Strawberry: You may remember seeing charming strawberry pincushions like these in your grandmother’s sewing box.

Fabric Tomatoes: Free pdf template to download.
4-Squares Patchwork: This pincushion is a simple patchworked number, four squares on each side, with a button detail in the centre. Easy Peasy.

Patchwork: Bold fabric, zany buttons, and quirky ribbons elevate the practical pincushion to new heights of style.
Miniature: Each one is like a tiny version of a larger quilt, but they are a lot quicker to make.

Doily: Either make doilies yourself, or buy them at a thrift store, garage sale, or anywhere else you can find them cheap. The doilies used here are around 4″ diameter.
Cupcake: Sweet design sewn with fabric and trimmed with ric-rac.

Easy Patchwork: These are fairly easy, take about an hour, and it’s a great way to use up little scrap pieces.
Hex: Trimmed with fabric binding, includes a template to download.

Tea Cup Flower: You’ll need enough scraps of fabric for 10 tea cup circles.
Berry: The use of woollen yarns and simple stitches make this a quick and easy project to create. Free pdf pattern download.

Simply Geometric: It is made up of circles, squares and triangles. Simply geometric!
Mushroom: Fairly simple project that requires a bit of sewing and a hot glue gun.

Giant: These are super simple to make and adorable! They come in handy around your sewing room and work as great gifts for sewing friends.
Dainty: Create a bouquet of cute little flower pincushions, made with pretty fabric, fusible interfacing and oval kraft paper box.

Moda Love: This pattern makes two pincushions, so you can share the love!
Button Center: With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

Homegrown Tomato: Stitch a robust heirloom variety in loosely woven linen or cherry tomatoes in dainty gingham.
Bari J. Pincushion: Free pdf download available.

Adorable Pumpkin: It’s a basic design that we’ve seen before but embellished with a colorful green leaf and curling grossgrain ribbon, make sure to use some bright orange patterned fabric and voila! you have a sweet pumpkin.
Simple Square: Free pdf tutorial download.

Easy: So easy and you can always embellish them or keep them super simple.
Yo-Yo: Make yo-yo’s from scratch or with a yo-yo maker for these cuties.

Teacup: Made with vintage teacups.
Pod Flower: Sweet little cushions made with felt.

DIY Owl: An owl shape is made out of modeling clay and then a small fabric pincushion placed in the center.
Wraparound: A wraparound pincushion that fastens onto your sewing machine keeps pins in place and at your finger tips.

Petit Strawberry: A simple yet pretty pincushion you can attach to scissor handles, a rotary cutter, whatever else you like.
Leather Bottom: Includes a pattern for the leather bottom piece.

Spring Hats: The pincushions are made from pieces of felted wool (for the hat, hat band, appliqued leaves and flowers) and embellished with embroidery floss and seed beads.
Ornate Frame: A small vintage frame is spray painted then turned into a pincushion using padding and an embroidered doily. Very pretty!

Quick-pieced: Lovely square pincushion with a pieced top in colorful fabrics and a button center (one button on either side).
Whimsical Star: Coordinating fabrics cut in diamond shapes are pieced & sewn together, pom-pom trim is added at each point and a fabric covered button is sewn in the center.

Thread Caddy & Pin Holder: Six little pockets to hold thread, the center is stuffed and used as a pincushion. Tutorial available via free pdf download.
The Big Chunk: Filled with crushed walnut shells and made with 6″ squares of fabric and batting.

Sundaes Best: Here’s a unique idea that converts a large glass pedestal ice cream sundae dish into a handy sewing room accessory.
Triangular Log Cabin: Made with strips of 6 print fabrics, a square of solid white and another print, filled with choice of stuffing.

Cookie Cutter: Cute project made with a cookie cutter (any shape), fun foam, thin floral foam, crushed walnut shells and a charm pack of fabric.
Teapot: A sweet little teapot complete with a spout, handle and lid. Free pdf pattern pieces available to download.

For Sewing Machine Needles: Has a template to download for needle descriptions that you use to transfer to felt.
Hedgehog: Faux fur can be used for the back but toweling or cotton will also work. Template included.

Knit & Crochet

The majority are for crochet but I’ll be adding more to this page as I find them (only four knitting patterns listed at the moment).
Knit Posey: Finished size approx. 3″ x 3-1/2″ high. A bottom, middle and top flower is knit and then stuffed with scrap yarn and sewn together.

Daisy Chatelaine: Charming thread crochet pattern, has a crocheted cord for hanging.
Tomato & Strawberry: Crochet pattern is available via free pdf download. Made with Berroco Suede yarn but any worsted weight yarn will work fine.

Egg: Crochet pattern. How handy is this when sitting in an egg cup!
Flower Petal: Crochet pattern. As you can see, the brighter mix of yarn colors the better! Nice little yarn stash buster.

Tricornu: Knitting pattern with some sewing involved (fabric bottom attached to knitted piece).
Frangipani: Knitting pattern. Features two little crochet flowers in the center, you could use decorative buttons if you don’t know how to crochet.

Aunti Wainwrights: Pretty thread crochet pattern. The site is Finnish but the pattern is translated in english.
Sweet Flower: Crochet pattern. Mix and match colors as you see fit. Make a solid flower, or one with a different colored center, or one side solid and the other side two colored!

Felted Lime: Knitting pattern, nice and citrus-y!
Crocheted Cupcake: Finished size is 4 inches diameter x 3 inches high unfrosted (3-1/2 inches frosted) at widest point.

Cupcake Pattern: Crochet. Decorate with a sprinkling of seed beads.
Apple: Instructions for stem and leaf included, worked on DPNs and circulars, stuffed with Merino fleece.

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    • Peaceamaris

    I love your site it is my all time favorite and I really hope
    you keep on adding to it!!!!!!

    • Karen

    Wow, I love this site. Thanks so much for all the great free pincushion patterns. I can’t wait to make the patchwork one, the hanging one, mouse one and cupcake one. 🙂

    I also stumbled upon this site when I googled free pincushion patterns. I’m so glad I did. 🙂

    • Magi Hayes

    New to this site, my wonderful sister told me about it! As leader of our crafts group at our Senior center, this could not have come at a better time for all of us ladies. Many thanks for all the creative minds and thoughts, and prayers that have gone into this wonderland of ideas. So grateful to find you.

    • Bonnie G

    I love these patterns…I could hang out here for hours!…thank you for doin’ such a great job on this site!

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    first visit, listing in favorites, looking forward to returning a lot

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