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.
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.
This small pincushion is made by hand using two rectangles of felt sewn together with running stitch. It only took five minutes to make.
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.
You could also put some velcro on a slap band to attach it to your wrist.
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.
Update: use the round pincushion to make an Alice in Wonderland-style wristwatch pincushion like this one.
To sew this pincushion: