I have a pretty big collection of pin cushions I’ve made floating around my various crafting areas. They’re a great project if you want to make something quick and easy, and they can make great gifts for crafty friends. I like to whip one up whenever I get down to the last little scraps of some fabric that I’ve fallen in love with (It’s great to be able save those little bits in a way that you can see them and use them every day). Now I know that there are probably a million pin cushion tutorials out there right now, so how could my blog be complete without adding my own?
I don’t think I’ve seen any cushions out there quite like this one. I really like it because it is nice and sturdy with it’s flat, weighted bottom, so I’m less likely to knock it over. It’s a good size for me; it holds plenty of pins and is harder to lose. I can also pick it up confidently without having to worry about getting poked by pins poking through to the other side.
(click more to read the tutorial)
-Fabric – about 8inches square
– Stuffing – a handful should do
– Rice – this will add weight to the bottom of the pin cushion. I used rice, but you could also use beans, pebbles or anything else you have on hand
– Ribbon, lace, trim, or additional fabric to cover the side of the can
– A button
– Glue gun (and spray adhesive, if you like)
– Needle and thread
Using your needle and thread just run some stitches around your square of fabric. Since this side of the cushion won’t show, it doesn’t have to be particularly neat, it just needs to hold your stuffing in.
Stuff the cushion:
Fill your cushion with a handful of stuffing and pull the thread nice and tight to close it. Knot your thread.
Add the button:
Push your needle up through the center of the cushion to the top, run it through your button and bring it back down to the bottom. Pull the thread as tight as you like and secure your thread to the back of the cushion with a few knots.
Get your gun:
Add your weight to the bottom of the can. You don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the bottom. Next, use your glue gun to add glue all the way around the inside of the can. You want to make sure to get all the way around so that none of the rice will slip out. Work quickly and push your cushion into the top of the can.