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45+ Pin Cushion Patterns
You'll be inspired to learn how to make a pincushion when you see these adorable patterns!
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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 45+ Pin Cushion Patterns 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.
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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.
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Embroidered and Quilted Pin Cushion Patterns
If this will be your first time making a pincushion, then you can't go wrong with these patterns! 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 embroidered and quilted designs don't hold back when it comes to delightful appearances. You will be so proud to use these finished projects!
This cute pincushion pattern uses English paper piecing, which is done by hand, and perfect for beginners. It only takes 17 hexies, so it's a perfect weekend project to try out EPP without making an entire quilt.
Strawberry Free Pincushion Patterns
Learn how to embroider on a strawberry on this DIY pin cushion and then put it to good use. There's no reason not to display your sewing supplies when you have a cute way to do it!
This simple pincushion sewing tutorial will show you how to attach tiny pom pom trim to the edge of 4'' fabric squares, giving you the perfect surface to stick pins in when projects get sticky.
Embroidery Pin Cushion Pattern
This finished embroidered pin cushion will be the size of the needlework you are using. The pin cushion shown here is square, but it would be fun to make a rectangular or round pin cushion too!
Autumn Leaves Pincushion Tutorial
If you're a fall fanatic, then your sewing gear should show it! Give your equipment an adorable autumn update with this autumn-themed pincushion tutorial.
This Hexi Pincushion Tutorial is a cute scrap-busting project and will look great in a variety of colors, so it's a good way to learn how to make a pincushion while using scraps.
This Tiny Little Pincushion does the same job as a regular rounded pincushion, but it's much smaller and is made to tie around your sewing machine.
Monday Afternoon Pincushion Pattern
Sometimes, Monday afternoon is when people are the most productive. You, too, can be productive with free pincushion patterns like this.
Here is a simple blackwork design that is worked in a variegated embroidery thread to make a mini biscornu. Once finished, your biscornu can be a pincushion, a scissor fob, or both.
Scraps and just an hour of your time can be combined to make your new favorite pincushion pattern. This pincushion shows you how to make a pin holder that is perfect for sewing.
Upcycled Pin Cushion Patterns
Hello, scrapbusters! Use what you already have in your home to make upcycled and repurposed DIY pin cushions! From a scrap-busting design to a tiny bottlecap pincushion pattern, these projects are perfect for those who are new to sewing, budget-conscious or want to think outside of the box.
Your level of imagination is your only limit when it comes to upcycling fabric and embellishments to make any of these free pin cushion patterns. Use these for inspiration or follow the tutorials and patterns to a T to improve your sewing room.
This is a classic tomato style made from an old shirt or scrap fabric. You can make this project in very little time, too!
Use scraps from your favorite fabrics to make this cute and simple pincushion. This is definitely one project to try.
Teensy Bottlecap Pin Cushion Pattern
Pincushion patterns don't get much easier than this adorable miniature bottlecap pin holder. See if you can abstain from giving this simple design a try.
If you've got some old thimbles lying around the house, try this adorable project. This tiny pin cushion is pierced with a jump ring, so you can wear it like a necklace while you sew.
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.
Make a Pin Cushion Egg Cup with this quick little tutorial. Unlike many other pin cushions that can roll away or get misplaced, this pretty pin cushion lives inside an egg cup.
Ladylike Teacup DIY Pincushion
Made with a delicate and dainty teacup, this DIY pincushion is an easy no-sew project that you can make in under an hour and is the perfect DIY gift idea for any sewist.
Little Teapot Pincushion Tutorial
Transform an old thrift store teapot into a whimsical pincushion with this unique no-sew craft project. This sewing organizer is an adorable way to organize and stow your sewing pins.
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Novelty Pin Cushion Patterns
What can be cuter than a pincushion in the shape of a strawberry, a porcupine, or even a zombie? 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 the more obscure, 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.
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.
Do you like your sewing patterns to be overly easy? If so, then this punny egg pattern is for you. It's cute and made with inexpensive felt - could not be simpler!
We love these mini cushions! The pattern to make these petite berries is perfect for marking your tools. You'll love keeping these pincushions at hand.
Keep your sewing room organized with an adorable DIY pincushion that's inspired by the bright and beautiful plant life of the American Southwest. This cactus is as much an art piece as a handy sewing aid.
Add some sweetness to your next sewing project with this whimsical pattern that we can't get enough of! This pretzel pincushion is a charming way to add a little fun and organization to your sewing room.
Learn how to make this gorgeous flower with a step-by-step tutorial. This flower pincushion is made out of felt, so it's easy to cut and sew.
These adorable little animals are incredibly easy to make and the perfect size for pincushions. The printable pattern makes it easy. Plus, you'll love adorable these pincushions look.
Smiling Succulent DIY Pincushion
This Smiling Succulent DIY Pincushion isn't just the cutest pincushion pattern ever, it'll also be the best piece of sewing room decor you'll ever own, period! It makes a great gift as well.
How to Make A Pincushion Pumpkin
Love spooky patterns? Get ready for Halloween when you create this pincushion! The pumpkin can even double as a decoration when it's not in use, so it's versatile for anyone into October festivities.
Got scrap fabric? Don't throw it out! With these creative and quick sewing projects, you can transform those scraps into aprons, potholders, and more. Take a look at our collection of projects to get started: 13 Beginner-Friendly Kitchen Sewing Projects
Ring and Wrist Pin Cushions
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.
Time to sew? Yes! With this creative cushion that you can wear just like a wrist watch, time will fly by as you go. When you have this fun and creative pincushion by your side, sewing could not be more fun. The design is easy to make, too.
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 and keeps those needles within reach.
This Ring Pincushion is a fantastic spin on an old sewing necessity. It's perfect for use while making smaller projects and looks cool to boot!
This pincushion fits around your wrist like a corsage. It looks great, it is comfortable to wear, and it is extremely practical.
Can you believe you'll use bottlecaps for this project? Adding a ring grip makes it portable and clever. This fun and whimsical design has to be seen to be believed.
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.
This may be the most gorgeous wearable pin cushion we've seen. 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!
Truly, this design makes the perfect pincushion accessory. The on-trend design is sleek and stylish, too. Wear it on your wrist to keep your pins close at hand. Literally!
You are so sweet and there is no better way to prove it than with this adorable Cupcake Wrist Pincushion. This yummy and elegant project is sure to make any sewist smile!
Toadstool Wrist Pincushion Tutorial
Add some pop culture fun to your sewing gear with this! This classic mushroom pattern is also reminiscent of a character from Nintendo games.
Vintage Style Pin Cushions and Accessories
These cute pincushion ideas may be in more classic styles but that doesn't mean they aren't fun, colorful, or creative. These pretty pin holders will look amazing in your sewing room.
Reach in your scrap fabric stash and get sewing with these projects. This section also features pin cushion combo accessory projects. From thread catchers to organizers, these projects are fun and interesting takes on the traditional pincushion.
Love that vintage doily look? Incorporate some throwback style in your sewing gear with this pincushion. This colorful and retro design is too good to miss, so get started right away!
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, and super helpful. Scrap thread and fabric can be added anytime.
Use this free printable pincushion pattern to make much more than just a cushion! The hexie caddy pincushion also functions as a sewing supplies caddy, so you'll never wonder where your scissors have gone.
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.
As you're sewing away on your sewing machine, do you ever find yourself misplacing pins or searching all over for your pincushion?
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.
Pumpkin Trio Pincushion Tutorial
A classic yet modern tiered pin cushion pattern that anyone would appreciate in their sewing room. We love how many different fabric combinations you could use to create this pretty yet practical cushion.
Using some basic crafting tools and even some pretty fabric for a pincushion top, you can transform an old jewelry box into the ultimate sewing kit perfect for storing your sewing supplies like seam rippers and measuring tape.
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.
Make a cute little box for all your sewing needs in just a few simple steps. Use measured fabric, pins, beads, and a small wooden block for the top of the box.
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Feb 18, 2018
a tuna can, stuffing and a fabric scrap was used by my grand daughter 25 years ago. I still use it and treasure it
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May 01, 2016
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.
Apr 11, 2016
I have friends over for costume/cosplay workshops. They always leave pins everywhere. I've been poked in the foot, leg, butt, and hand.
Feb 16, 2016
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.
Aug 21, 2013
Where's the porcupine??
Jan 26, 2014
Under number 6 is the porcupine pincushion to be found ;-) Happy sewing
sgreenfield 622137 6
Jun 20, 2013
where is the mod lil animal pincushions that led me to this site?
Apr 12, 2013
You can fill these with emery sand and it will keep the pins sharp. You can get it on Etsy.
clairbear356 97503 57
Apr 02, 2013
These are just what I was looking for, they will be great Christmas gifts for all the Ladies at my church.. Thank you!!
Dec 10, 2012
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.
nyloracshadow 5170 946
Dec 07, 2012
What great original ideas! Thanks.
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