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Making a Clay Pot Pincushion

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A pincushion made from fabric and a terra cotta pot.
You can easily create a unique pincushion starting with a small clay flower pot. This is a guide about making a clay pot pincushion.


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April 2, 2008

Place this pincushion miss on your dresser for a pin keeper or top her off with ornamental hat pins. These would be great to make for Mother's Day or birthdays.


Approximate Time 30 minutes



  1. Basecoat the clay pot flesh tone. Let dry.
  2. Lightly draw face with pencil on center of pot as shown in photo. Paint the heart mouth red. Use the pen to draw face details. Use some blush and a cotton swab to make her some rosy cheeks.
  3. For the hair, apply glue around pot rim. Press hair or fringe over the glue covering the entire rim; trim excess if necessary.
  4. To make the pincushion hat, cut a 6 inch fabric circle. Hand sew a gathering stitch 1/8 inch from the edge. Pull threads to gather, stuffing with fiberfill as you go; knot thread. Apply glue around inside of pot rim. Place the "hat" in the pot with the gathered side facing down.
  5. To make the yo-yo flower, cut a 2 inch fabric circle. Hand sew a gathering stitch around the edge; pull threads to gather at center and knot. Flatten center. Sew or glue the button to the center of the yo-yo. Tie a ribbon bow and glue it to the back of the flower yo-yo; trim ribbon ends if necessary.
  6. Glue the flower to the hat.
  7. By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC


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    April 2, 20080 found this helpful
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    This is so cute! It would be great as a purple hat with red flower for Red Hat Society ladies. Have to try it! Thanks.

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    August 3, 20090 found this helpful
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    Hi, She is so cute. Possibilities are endless. I was thinking for the hair you could use a steel curly scrubber(oops forgot the name). You could do a cat face, or dog, baby & bonnet! Thanks for sharing.

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September 9, 2009

This is a cute pincushion using a terra cotta pot for the vessel to hold the batting in. You could paint the pot. I chose to decorate it with sewing trimmings.


Approximate Time: 1/2 hr.



  1. Turn the pot upside down on the cotton fabric and draw a circle 4 inches larger then the pot opening. Cut the circle out.
  2. With a needle and thread do a running stitch around the circle close to the edge.
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  4. Gather the circle closed as you go, leaving an opening large enough to stuff.
  5. Stuff with lots of batting. Make it very tight and pull the thread taunt until the hole in completely closed.
  6. Sew closed.
  7. Wedge the fat ball of stuffing into the pot and glue with hot glue or fabric glue.
  8. Smooth out the wrinkles if any.
  9. I put a small flower on the top with a rose on it. I glued 2 rows of rick rack around the top. The I put some trim in between the rick rack.
  10. Add cute pins and enjoy!

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March 28, 20050 found this helpful

To make a cute pin cushion, take a small clay pot, and stuff with fiberfill very firmly, until overflowing. Tuck a scrap of fabric over it, forming a nice dome, and hot glue inside the rim of the pot. You can decorate the rim of the pot with buttons, ribbons, satin roses, etc.


By Julie

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April 10, 20050 found this helpful
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Would't this be cute favors for a Mother/Daughter Banquet. We had a church banquet one year with the theme Mom's patterns for Life, Thread was made with two inverted portion cups with yarn wrapped around to resemble a spool of thread and toothpicks sprayed silver for a needle.

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July 11, 20070 found this helpful
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Julie, I have done a similar thing with a tea cup, only I glued pretty braid or cord around the inside of the rim of the cup to hide where I glued the fabric. Sometimes I make a beaded stick pin to stick in it. It looks very pretty. You can use a saucer or not. I found pretty cups at the thrift store. Judy

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