How to Make Pincushions
How to Make Pincushions Books and Patterns
I love pincushions. They're a handy way to keep your pins organized, but they also are a decorative way to express yourself in your sewing space. Once I learned how to make pincushions, which is almost as simple as making a pillow, I was making them in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes. I made more pincushions than I had space for, but I enjoyed making them so much that I started giving them as gifts.
Here I've gathered pincushion patterns and books on how to make unique pincushions. Handmade pincushions can be fun, whimsical, beautiful, and charming. You can make them to use, display, or give as gifts.
Image: Pretty pincushion on PhotoBucket.
History of the pincushion
In the 1300's metal pins were expensive and scarce, so people began carrying pins around in special containers. These traveling pin carriers became quite fashionable in the 1400's. In the 1700's the popularity of pin containers was replaced by pin pillows, which are much like the pincushions we know and use today.
PIncushions are a charming and important part of our sewing history. You can learn more about the history of pincushions, as well as see photos of some of these early pin containers on the blog From These Hands.
I just couldn't resist adding this nostalgic tomato pincushion. It's just like the one my grandmother had in her sewing basket for years and years. As a little girl, I used to love using the little emery attachment to sharpen all of my grandmother's pins. Just looking at this tomato pincushion brings back so many warm and comforting memories.
This has become the image most of us associate with the word pincushion. The classic tomato pincushion with strawberry pin sharpener.
Adorable Handmade Pincushions
What to Stuff Your Pincushion With - Different pincushion stuffings
You may be tempted to stuff your pincushion with fiberfill. But that will make it super lightweight. It will easily topple off of tables and send your pins flying. Below are several ideas of what to use as pincushion stuffing. No matter what stuffing you choose, you can always add dry lavender to eat so that it smells nice.
- Fine grain sand.
- Dryer lint.
- Ground coffee.
- Dry grass clippings.
- Pencil shavings.
- Crushed walnut hulls. You can find them at a pet store.
Cupcake Pincushion Pattern - Pattern for making a cupcake pincushion.
This full size pattern and easy to follow instructions is all that you need to make one of these adorable cupcake pincushions. Make one for yourself or give them as gifts. Either way, they are a super cute way to keep track of all those pins.
How to Make Pincushions from Felt Scraps - Make pincushions and more from old sweaters
If you have felt scraps taking up space or old, holey sweaters, then you can make pincushions! This book features directions for making all sorts of fun handmade crafts, including pincushions, all with pieces of felt or sweater scraps.
How to Make a Pincushion
More Pincushion Patterns - Patterns for making your own pincushions
Free Pincushion Patterns - Directory of free patterns for making pincushions
- Reversible Pincushion Caddy Pattern
This is a free tutorial for making a pincushion sewing caddy. It's super cute and a must see for any crafty person.
- Country Mouse Pincushion Pattern
Everything you need to know to sew an adorable little mouse pincushion.
- Pincushion Jar Tutorial
How to make a pincushion out of a mason jar lid.
- Teacup Pincushion Directions
How to make a super cute teacup pincushion out of wool.