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How to Make Your Own Pin Cushion

Learn how to sew a quilted pin cushion with our exclusive tutorial.

Updated December 19, 2019
How to Make Your Own Pin Cushion

Nothing is better than having an adorable DIY pin cushion that you can brag about to all your sewing friends. Learn How to Make Your Own Pin Cushion with this sewing video that shows you an adorable pin cushion you can make.

Plus, this how-to video makes it really easy to follow along so you will soon be crafting tons of your own special sewing pin cushions for all your DIY projects!

Whether you are an avid sewer or simply partake in the hobby from time to time, this super adorable DIY quilt project will quickly become your favorite! 
 

Quilted Pin Cushion Materials Needed:

  1. 7 strips of fabric
  2. Fusible fleece
  3. Ruler
  4. Rotary cutter
  5. Polyfill
  6. Spoon / funnel
  7. Crushed walnut shells
Skill Level: Easy
Project Type: Make a Project
Time to Complete: Under an hour
Sewn By: Both Hand and Machine
 

Pin Cushion Tutorial Video:

Watch and learn how the pin cushion is made with our full video tutorial. Carolina will walk you through every step. We'd recommend also checking out the step-by-step once you scroll down so that you can follow the steps at your own pace. Simply press the play button on the box below to watch.
 

How to Make Your Own Pin Cushion (Instructions):

  1. Pick a fabric to use for your background and set it aside.

  1. From your remaining strips, cut 1-1/2" pieces (each piece will be around 1-1/2" x 2-1/2" but you can adjust as desired).

Image shows hands rotary cutting pieces of fabric on a cutting mat using a ruler guide.

  1. Once all your pieces are cut out, you can sew them together using a 1/4" seam in whatever order you would like. 

Image shows hands pushing fabric through a sewing machine.

  1. Once you have two sewn together, add your third face down, and continue sewing until you've sewn them all together. 

Image shows hands putting fabric pieces together.

  1. Next, cut a 2.5" x 5.5" piece of your fusible fleece.

Image shows hands holding a rotary cutter with a piece of fusible fleece on a cutting mat using a ruler guide to measure.

  1. Using an iron, press all your seams by sliding your iron over the seems facing up, flip your fabric and go over the seams again.

Image shows an iron pressing down a strip wrong side up of fabric on an ironing board.
Image shows an iron pressing down a strip right side up of fabric on an ironing board.

  1. Place the fusible (not the smooth) side of your fusible fleece on the back of your sewn pieces and press into place. 

Image shows an ironing board with hands putting together the fusible fleece onto the fabric piece of the same size.
Image shows an iron pressing together the fusible fleece and strip of fabric right side up of fabric on an ironing board.

  1. Use whatever design you like to quilt your pin cushion, such as crosshatch topstitching.

Image shows a crosshatch stitched quilting design on the DIY pin cushion fabric.

  1. Cut your back the same size as your front and place it face down, right sides together, on your other piece.

Image shows a cutting board with hands putting together fabric piece of the same size, right sides together.

  1. Sew the pieces together, leaving a 2" gap in the middle of one side (for turning out). When you reach a corner put your needle down, presser foot up, rotate 90 degrees and continue to stitch.

Image shows hands pushing fabric through a sewing machine.

  1. Clip about 2-3 threads from each corner. Be careful not to cut into any stitches.

Image shows scissors clipping corners of the sewn pin cushion.

  1. Turn your pin cushion right side out and use a spoon or similar tool to push out your corners.

Image shows hands turning out the sewn pin cushion.

  1. Fill your pin cushion with crushed walnut shells (or similar filling), as full as possible. Grab a little bit of polyfill and cover the hole to keep the shells inside.

Image shows a cutting board with the open pin cushion and a spoon filling it with crushed walnut shells.
Image shows a cutting board with hands holding the open pin cushion with Polyfill inside.

  1. By hand, stitch your pin cushion tightly shut using your stitch of choice (such ladder).

Image shows hands sewing up the pin cushion opening.
Image shows a hand holding the finished pin cushion with pins in it.

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