How to Create Pin Cushions

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How to Create Pin Cushions
Everyone who sews needs a pincushion. (pin cushion tomato image by robert mobley from

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.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine or sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • 2 6-by-6-inch scrap fabric squares
  • 2 4-by-4-inch scrap fabric squares
  • Coordinating thread
  • Steel wool pad
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Rice or dried lentils (optional)
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Carefully turn the fabric square right-side out.

  3. 3

    Repeat steps 1 and 2 with two 4-by-4-inch squares of fabric.

  4. 4

    Fill the larger fabric square with stuffing. Add some rice or dried lentils for weight if you like.

  5. 5

    Stuff the smaller square with pieces of a steel wool pad to serve as a sharpener for your pins.

  6. 6

    Close the opening on each square pillow by hand-stitching the fabric.

  7. 7

    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.

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