Pincushions serve two main purposes: they keep all of your pins in a safe spot and they have a built-in sharpener to keep the tips of your pins pointy. Everyone who sews should have a pin cushion. Pin cushions can be simple or ornate. Create your own easy-to-make pincushion that requires little more than scrap fabric and a couple of other common household items.
Place two 6-by-6-inch squares of fabric together with the right sides of the fabric touching. Use either a sewing machine or needle and thread to stitch the fabric pieces together, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave an opening of approximately 2 inches to insert stuffing.
Carefully turn the fabric square right-side out.
Repeat steps 1 and 2 with two 4-by-4-inch squares of fabric.
Fill the larger fabric square with stuffing. Add some rice or dried lentils for weight if you like.
Stuff the smaller square with pieces of a steel wool pad to serve as a sharpener for your pins.
Close the opening on each square pillow by hand-stitching the fabric.
Place the smaller pillow on top of the larger pillow and wrap with ribbon. Wind the ribbon around the pillows as though you were wrapping a gift, and tie it into a bow on the top of the smaller pillow.