Make your own Pin Cushion. It’s quick and easy to stitch up within an hour and makes a great sewing project for first-timers. Happy Sewing!
About this Sewing Project
Now that you’ve got your own Sewing Pattern Weights, why not make your own Pin Cushion? A Pin Cushion is one of those practical items that you’ll find in any good sewing kit. It can also be something that looks pretty cute on your sewing table.
This tutorial will show you how to create your own Pin Cushion from scratch. It is a fantastic way to use up your smallest leftover fabric scraps from past sewing projects. Dig into the scrap bin but make sure to use something on the durable side (’cause it’s gonna get poked a lot!).
How to make a Pin Cushion
You can seriously finish this Pin Cushion within an hour. It couldn’t be easier. This is a great project for first-timers who would like to start filling their sewing basket. You will need:
- Fabric scraps (e.g., cotton, linen, denim, felt)*
- Matching thread
- Sewing machine
- Measure, mark, and cut out a “4 x 4” (inch) square from both the front and back fabrics.
- Mark a 2-inch opening on the wrong side of the top fabric piece. This will be the opening to turn your Pin Cushion right side out. It’s also where you’ll insert the Polyfill stuffing.
- Place front piece and back piece with right sides together, lining up along the raw edges. Pin well.
- Machine-stitch around the edges, starting at one end of the opening mark, and pivoting at the corners. Reinforce well with extra backstitching. Press.
- Turn Pin Cushion right side out and press, tucking in the raw edges of the opening to the wrong side. Then use something pointy (e.g., point turner, pencil) to poke out the corners.
- Stuff the Pin Cushion with the Polyfill, adding it bit by bit until you have the desired thickness and cushiness. It should be rather full/dense.
- Use regular sewing thread and needle to hand-stitch the opening closed, tucking in the raw edges as in step 5.
- Attach the button at centre front using a doubled strand of matching thread and you’re done.
*You can either use the same fabric for the front and back pieces or two different ones. I used printed fabric for the front piece and plain fabric for the back piece (see picture). Instructions are for two different fabrics but can easily be adjusted to using only one (simply cut 2 identical fabric squares for front and back fabric pieces instead of 1 each).
More Sewing Inspiration
If you love this Pin Cushion tutorial, make sure to also check out my Sewing Pattern Weights tutorial.
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