3 Great pincushion ideas

3 Great pincushion ideas

Are you a pincushion user?  Or do you use a pin tin?  I was a pin tin user for many years, until one day I made myself a pincushion and never looked back!

Lately I’ve been experimenting with some different types of pincushions.

 

Large pincushion

This pincushion is like a mini house brick.  I made it to do sewing with my daughter’s class (year 1 and 2).  The other mums and I threaded up 27 handsewing needles, knotted the ends and stored them in this pincushion for the students to help themselves.  It worked really well.  The only thing I would do differently is choose a plain coloured fabric; the needles and pins are hard to see against the brightly patterned fabric.

3 Great pincushion ideas large pincushion

 

The idea and pattern for this pincushion came from the book Handmade Style by Anna Graham.  Her pincushion has fancier pockets and a few other features, but it’s the same size.

3 Great pincushion ideas large pincushion book Handmade Style3 Great pincushion ideas large pincushion in book

 

 

Velcro pincushion

This small pincushion is made by hand using two rectangles of felt sewn together with running stitch.  It only took five minutes to make.

3 Great pincushion ideas velcro pincushion

 

On the underside is a dab of adhesive velcro (rough side).  The idea is to have a matching piece of soft velcro on your ironing board or sewing machine (or both) to attach it.

3 Great pincushion ideas velcro pincushion velcroed to ironing board

3 Great pincushion ideas velcro pincushion on sewing machine

 

You could also put some velcro on a slap band to attach it to your wrist.

3 Great pincushion ideas velcro pincushion velcroed to slapband

 

 

Pincushion from The Dressmaker’s Companion

If you’d like to make the round pincushion from the front cover of The Dressmaker’s Companion, my pattern is here: 3 Great pincushion ideas round pincushion pattern

I’ve made several with this pattern, and used special buttons in the centre.  It makes a lovely gift for a sewing friend.

3 Great pincushion ideas Dressmaker's Companion pincushion

3 Great pincushion ideas Dressmaker's Companion pincushion with pins

3 Great pincushion ideas Dressmaker's Companion pincushion with special button

3 Great pincushion ideas all Dressmaker's Companion pincushions

 

 

To sew this pincushion:

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 1

Step 1.  Cut out 2 circles and one gusset.  Make sure all the notches are present and only snipped 3mm deep.  There’s a 6mm seam allowance included on every piece.  Iron the pieces first if they need it.

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 2

Step 2.  Take one circle and the gusset. Fold the short end of the gusset back 6mm and position it at one of the notches on the circle, right sides together. Sew with the gusset on top and the circle underneath, all the way around.

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 3

You’ll need to make about 2 or 3 tiny snips in the gusset to get it to “spread” around each quarter of the circle as you sew.

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 4

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 5

Step 3.  Repeat with the other circle.  There will be a gap in the side of the gusset to turn through and stuff the pincushion.  The gap is fairly small; I used a pair of hemostats to push the stuffing in.  I used polyester stuffing for this pincushion, but for the others I used wool batting (the sort used for making felt).

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 7

Step 4.  Sew up the gap using whipstitch.

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 8

Step 5.  Sew a button on each side of the pincushion. Use a long needle and 4 strands of thread. The two buttons should have the same number of holes (don’t use a 4-hole button on one side and a 2-hole button on the other).  Sew the buttons on tightly so the centre pushes down.

 

3 Great pincushion ideas Step by Step 9

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Cindy Lam on September 11, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you! Boy, do I need to make one of these….like yesterday!

    The Maytag Man just left. My husband and him have been in the garage with my year old washing machine…it broke. Mr. Maytag pulled a bunch of sewing needles out of the motor…then shows them to my husband. My husband replied “I wonder where those came from, my wife doesn’t even sew?”

    Thank goodness for the quick brain…and the warranty!

    • lizhaywood on September 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      You can never have too many pincushions, Cindy!

  2. Kay on September 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Liz, I have a pin cushion filled with rice. It sits well and the pins slide in and out well.

    • lizhaywood on September 11, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      Hmmm, rice. That’s a good idea.

  3. Tom on September 12, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I’ve been meaning to make one of these. The velcro on the sewing machine looks perfect.

    • lizhaywood on September 12, 2017 at 11:46 am

      The sewing machine velcro can go in any spot on your machine, top front, to the right, etc. The smaller the pincushion the better I think, too.

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