Have you got lots of scrap fabric in your stash that is looking for a new purpose? What about making a DIY pin cushion? These cute, round pin cushions are really simple to make and are great gift ideas too. See the bottom of the article for more DIY pin cushion tutorials.
DIY Pin Cushion – Supplies
You will need:
- Scraps of fabric – I prefer cotton fabric. Fat quarters are ideal as you will get several DIY pin cushions out of every piece.
- Embroidery floss – This is to sew the segments. Crotchet thread or yarn can also be used. Regular sewing thread is not normally strong enough.
- Basics – needle, thread, scissors
- Stuffing – Polyester stuffing. You can also substitute fabric scraps cut up really small.
DIY Pin Cushion – The Video
Check out this video I made for you showing all the steps. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly sewing and craft videos.
DIY Pin Cushion – The Steps
Step 1 – Draw Circles
Use a teacup or something round to trace out 2 circles on your scrap fabric. My cup was 4 inches across which made a really nice sized pin cushion but you can make yours larger or smaller if you wish.
Step 2 – Stitch
Put your 2 circles with RIGHT sides together.
Stitch around the circles with a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam and leave a 1 1/2 (4cm) gap.
Step 3 – Clip
Clip around the seam but leave the section where the gap is unclipped. This means putting small snips around the edge being careful not to cut through the stitching.
Step 4 – Turn & Press
Turn the pin cushion right way out and give it a press
Step 5 – Stuffing
Stuff your DIY pin cushion and close the gap with an invisible ladder stitch.
Step 6 – Segments
Knot a piece of embroidery floss and pass the needle through the top center all the way through to the bottom center.
Bring the needle up and around to the top again. Repeat until you have 8 segments. Pull the thread tight enough so it gathers just slightly to give a puffy look.
Knot off the floss and then use the thread to sew a button on top. Knot off and cut the thread.
DIY Pin Cushion – In Conclusion
And there you are all finished. My first DIY pin cushion took me around 15 minutes but the second 2 were done in under 10 minutes. They were really fast but I think the stuffing took the longest!
More DIY Pin Cushion Tutorials
Here are some more free DIY pin cushion tutorials. My favorite is the felt one with the applique. What is yours?