Making a Clay Pot Pincushion

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.
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  6. 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.
  7. Glue the flower to the hat.
  8. By Mom of 1 from Wilkesboro, NC

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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.

A pincushion made from fabric and a terra cotta pot.

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March 28, 2005

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.

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