Pin Cushion Crafts

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Pin Cushion Crafts
Fabric swatches and remnants can be put to good use as pin cushions. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

You can use remnants of vintage or modern fabrics to create unique pin cushions to keep for yourself or give away as gifts. Whether you choose to create stuffed pin cushions or affix pin cushions to jars or other types of vessels, you can make several pin cushions in various styles in a single afternoon.

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Vintage Tea Cup

Pair a vintage or retro tea cup with a corresponding swatch of fabric for a vintage inspired pin cushion. Once you have stuffed and sewn the cushion, use a hot glue gun to affix the cushion to the tea cup. The tea cup itself can be glued to the saucer. Other ideas include turning other vintage pieces into pin cushions. A delicate saucer or dessert bowl can be used to create a larger pin cushion or used to create a set.

Fruits and Veggies

Whether you choose to emulate the popular tomato design or veer in a new direction, food-inspired pin cushions make delightful gifts. You might choose to make a series of pin cushions formed like mushrooms with contrasting fabrics and ribbon choices. Alternatively, make colourful strawberries with pink and red fabrics in floral and polka dot designs. Other ideas include a cupcake pin cushion using an actual cupcake wrapper to finish the design, a slice of watermelon made with felt remnants and an avocado cut in half.

Mason Jar

Make a variety of jars into pin cushions for a quirky display on a shelf in your craft or sewing room. The jars can then be used to store buttons, ribbon, beads and other sewing notions. Any jar can be refashioned into a pin cushion. Use a Mason jar, separate the lid from its ring and cover the lid with cotton and fabric to form the cushion. Place the ring back around the ring and glue a circle of paper to finish the underside.


Experiment with animal shapes and design a pin cushion of your favourite shape. Design an owl pin cushion, but first make a paper template to follow. If you wish the pin cushion to sit on a table, first stuff the owl with cotton and then add a rock or two to give the owl some weight. Use colourful remnants of vintage fabric paired with modern solids to achieve a look any hobbyist or crafter will welcome as a gift.

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