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35+ of the Cutest Pincushion Patterns You've Ever Seen

You'll be inspired to learn how to make a pincushion when you see these adorable patterns!

By: Adam Kaplan, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Updated September 28, 2018
The Cutest Pincushion Patterns Youve Ever Seen

Do you love to sew? Of course you do! That is how you know that every good sewist needs a great pincushion by his or her side. There is no better way to get your hands on a pincushion than to sew it yourself. (Sewing your own pincushion is pretty meta, huh?). With this collection of 35+ of the Cutest Pincushion Patterns You've Ever Seen at your fingertips, you'll be inspired to create a beautiful and functional sewing craft that will help you stay organized — and keep those needles and pins in one place.

From animal patterns such as a porcupine to wearable accessories, including watches and rings, we have gathered the best and cutest pincushion patterns around. It won't be hard to find your needles when you make these adorable and unique designs! Sewing pincushions is also a fun way to make a dent in your fabric stash, as the projects use only small amounts of fabric. These fun sewing projects would also make creative gift ideas for the sewists in your life.

Bonus! Learn how to make a pincushion when you take a look at our free video on How to Sew a Quilted Pin Cushion. This easy sewing pattern is just what you need to create a colorful addition to your sewing gear.

Easy-to-Make Pincushions

If this will be your first time making a pincushion, then you can't go wrong with these patterns! From a scrap-busting design to a classic cupcake pincushion pattern, these projects are perfect for those who are new to sewing. More advanced sewists will also enjoy these projects, as the pincushions can be made in very little time and with minimal effort. Creative as can be, these designs don't hold back when it comes to delightful designs. You will be so proud to use these finished projects!

  • Easy to Make Pin Cushion

    This is a classic tomato pattern that is perfect for those just beginning to sew. You can make this project in very little time!

  • Five Point Pincushion

    Use scraps from your favorite fabrics to make this cute and simple pincushion. This is definitely one project to try.

  • Miniature Cupcake Pin Cushion

    Pincushion patterns don't get much easier than this adorable miniature cupcake. See if you can abstain from taking a bite out of this sewing delicacy.

  • Little Lemonade Pillow Pincushion

    This little pillow is perfect for storing pins and brightening up your sewing room. You'll always smile when you see this pincushion!

  • Pretty Pincushion Jar

    Do you spend more time working on projects outside of your sewing room than not? Then this adorable pincushion jar is just what you need! The all-in-one jar is perfect for taking your projects on the road.

  • Scrappy Denim Free Pincushion Pattern

    If you have an old pair of jeans and some thread, then you're well on your way to making this pattern! Take upcycling to the next level when you make this pincushion.

  • A Lovely Pincushion from a Mayonnaise Jar Lid

    Transform a jar lid into an essential sewing item with this project! This clever and resourceful pattern is perfect for sewists of all skill levels.

Pincushions with Animals, Eggs, Strawberries, and More

What can be cuter than a pincushion in the shape of a strawberry, a porcupine, or even an owl? If you want to add an adorable accessory to your sewing gear, then these pincushion projects are for you. From food to animals and even zombies, you'll find just the right pattern that will fit both your personality and your own style. These whimsical designs are almost too cute to use and will make wonderful gift ideas for the holidays, birthdays, and even weddings. Creating your own pincushions will be so much fun with these projects at hand.

  • Porcupine Pin Cushion

    This pincushion might the cutest thing ever and works perfectly because the pins are the quills on the porcupine's back. It's certainly a whimsical design.

  • Zombies, Cupcakes, and Turtles Pin Cushions

    These pincushion patterns are both adorable and extremely creative. You can easily create these projects in an afternoon.

  • Over(ly) Easy Pincushion

    Do you like your sewing patterns to be overly easy? If so, then this pattern is for you.

  • Strawberry Pincushion

    The pattern to make these petite berries is perfect for marking your tools. You'll love keeping these pincushions at hand.

  • Doily Pin Cushion

    If you're on the lookout for classic designs, then this easy sewing project is just what you need. Elegant as can be, this pattern is one to try.

  • Wedding Cake Pincushion

    Gift this wedding cake to a newly engaged seamstress; she'll undoubtedly treasure and admire this pincushion pattern. The tiered look of the pattern makes it truly unique.

  • Wise Owl Accessory Holder

    This helpful owl does more than just holding your pins. It also stores all of your other sewing materials to keep you organized.

  • Pretty Pie DIY Pincushion

    When it comes to projects that are easy as, well, pie, you can't go wrong with this design! This project needs to go on your to-do list, STAT.

  • How to Make A Pincushion Pumpkin

    Get ready for Halloween when you create this pincushion! The pumpkin can even double as a decoration when it's not in use.

Accessories Pincushion

It's one thing to make a pincushion that is ready for use. But keeping that pincushion nearby while you're in the midst of a project? Now that's another story. These pincushion accessories are perfect for the sewist on the go, as they can be worn on your wrist, your fingers, or even attached to your sewing machine. You'll find what you need in no time with these projects! If you don't want to waste time searching for your needles every time you start a project, then these pincushion patterns need to be on your radar.

  • Wrist Watch Pincushion

    Time will fly by when you have this fun and creative pincushion by your side. The design is easy to make, too.

  • Embroidery Heart Pincushion

    You'll find the hand embroidery techniques used in this tutorial to be great practice for future projects, and the results will be a beautiful little Valentine's Day sewing project you can use yourself or give as a gift.

  • Magnetic Wrist Pincushion

    Maybe you know how to make a pincushion, maybe you don't. However, with this Magnetic Wrist Pincushion, all bets are off. This innovative project gets rid of the bulk of the traditional pincushion and keeps those needles within reach.

  • Ring Pincushion

    This Ring Pincushion is a fantastic spin on an old sewing necessity. It's perfect for use while making smaller projects.

  • Sew Stylish Pincushion

    This pincushion fits around your wrist like a corsage. It looks great, it is comfortable to wear, and it is extremely practical.

  • Thumb Pincushion

    Pincushion patterns don't get much more unique than this one. Based off of a thumb ring, the pattern will give you access to your sewing needles throughout your project.

  • Wrist Pincushion

    Clever as can be, this pincushion can slide on like a bracelet. Make one for your best friend, then make a second one for you!

  • Perfect Pin Cushion Cuff

    Truly, this design makes the perfect pincushion accessory. The on-trend design is sleek and stylish, too.

  • Bottlecap Pincushion

    Can you believe you'll use bottlecaps for this project? This fun and whimsical design has to be seen to be believed.

  • Toadstool Wrist Pincushion Tutorial

    Add some pop culture fun to your sewing gear with this pincushion! This project is perfect for anyone who is a fan of the beloved Nintendo games.

Other Cute Pincushion Ideas

Whoever said that pincushions have to be dull? These cute pincushion ideas are fun, colorful, and will look amazing when in use. Reach in your scrap fabric stash and get sewing with these projects. Featuring thread catchers, tiny pincushions, and so much more, these projects are fun and interesting takes on the traditional pincushion. Whether your personal style is vintage-inspired or you just want to make a geometric design, these patterns are sure to check all the right boxes.

  • Hexie Caddy Pincushion

    Use this free, printable pincushion pattern to make much more than just a pincushion! The hexie caddy pincushion also functions as a sewing supplies caddy, so you'll never wonder where your scissors have gone.

  • Grandma's Pincushion Thread Catcher Tutorial

    If you prefer to sew sitting in your armchair, you will love this fun accessory. It's convenient and comfy.

  • Scrappy Armrest Pincushion Tutorial

    Get organized with this Scrappy Armrest Pincushion Tutorial. This great sewing room design idea is one of many pincushion patterns that will allow you to sew from the comfort of your favorite chair.

  • Tiny Little Pincushion

    This small pincushion wraps perfectly around your sewing machine for convenient and easy access. You'll always have just the right tools you need with this little number.

  • Pin Love Pin Cushion

    Whether you're lucky in love or a little heartbroken, this heart-shaped pincushion is for you. Don't wait for Valentine's Day to make this project!

  • Quick Pieced Pincushion Tutorial

    Learn how to quilt an adorable and functional design when you pick up your materials and start this pincushion. True to its name, it won't take long to create the design.

  • Make a Pin Cushion Egg Cup

    Make this adorable quirky pincushion before your next sewing adventure. You probably haven't seen a design like this one!

  • Smiling Succulent DIY Pincushion

    You won't be able to hold back a smile when you see this adorable design! The easy pincushion pattern will be a whimsical addition to your sewing room.

  • Vintage Trimmed Pin Cushions

    Incorporate some throwback style in your sewing gear with this pincushion! This colorful design is too good to miss.

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a tuna can, stuffing and a fabric scrap was used by my grand daughter 25 years ago. I still use it and treasure it

I am looking for a jelly jar with rug braiding on the top. They used a very small jelly jar and 2 coils of braiding on the top. I would like the pattern.

I have friends over for costume/cosplay workshops. They always leave pins everywhere. I've been poked in the foot, leg, butt, and hand.

The worst place I ever found a pin was in my butt cheek after I SAT on it. lol The second worst would be the bottom of my foot. I dd find one in the cat's bed once, though it did not seem to have caused any harm.

Where's the porcupine??

Under number 6 is the porcupine pincushion to be found ;-) Happy sewing

where is the mod lil animal pincushions that led me to this site?

You can fill these with emery sand and it will keep the pins sharp. You can get it on Etsy.

These are just what I was looking for, they will be great Christmas gifts for all the Ladies at my church.. Thank you!!

The pin cushions are adorable!! Are they stuffed with cotton batting or with sand, which keeps the pins and needles sharp? Many years ago all pc's were stuffed with sand. Not an easy thing to do, cuz it's messy, but if sewn well, none of the sand ever leaks out.

What great original ideas! Thanks.

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