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Homemade Pincushion Ideas

We are all familiar with the ubiquitous tomato pincushion. However, if you are looking for something more unique consider making your own. Whether you sew, knit, crochet, or dabble in other craft areas, there are endless ways to make your own cushion. This is a page about homemade pincushion ideas.
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Pin cushion holder that resembles an ol' fashioned Easter hat.

Approximate Time 45 minutes

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Instructions:

  1. Cover 6 inch round circle with plain fabric and glue in middle, flatten.
  2. Take tuna can, add stuffing and cover with printed fabric, make sure fabric is flattened underneath and glue to 6 inch circle.
  3. Glue lace around tuna can or whatever you think. I added lace and beads and small flowers.

It looks like a old time Easter hat and then I glued on a hook on back if I wanted to hang it on the wall someday.

By Sally from West Seneca, NY

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December 12, 2015

This handy sewing accessory may become one of your sewing essentials. They also are fun to make as a gift for a friend. This is a page about making a pincushion ring.

Making a Pin Cushion Ring

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February 28, 2020

Make a cute pin cushion in the shape of a donut, for yourself or to give a crafting friend. Felt and stuffing are needed and then you can decorate as you like.

tan felt donut shaped pin cushion with pink felt frosting

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January 16, 2016

This is a page about making a primrose felt pincushion. Make this pretty floral felt pincushion as a gift or for your own sewing room or space.

bright pink flowered pin cushion

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This pretty pin cushion will keep mother's pins sharp and handy while at the same time giving off a subtle scent. When she wants she can change the bar to another scent and use the last one for bathing. Great for teachers gifts or any woman who sews.

Fabric wrapped soap bar pin cushion.

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Rela Ann
August 3, 2005

For those of you who do a lot of sewing, you will like this second idea: 2nd way to use those socks is to make a pin cushion!

Sock Pin Cushion in Can

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Sewers will love this creative idea. You can buy emery particles for about $6.00 a cup and make your own needle and pin cushion to keep your needles and pins sharp.

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This is a simple way to make a small pincushion from a plastic bottle cap. You could also attach a small loop of elastic band beneath it and wear it on one of you fingers as you sew.

Bottlecap Pincushion - looking down on pincushion

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My friend loves canned frosting, so I keep the cans for all kinds of things. If you have a big sewing project, but don't have a pincushion, or just want a larger and better one, try this.

Pincushion made from frosting tub and ball of yarn.

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This fun project makes a large pin cushion that would also be pretty just sitting in your sewing room. Any sewing enthusiast would be thrilled to receive a handmade gift such as this.

bright pink flowered pin cushion

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Don't throw away your old quilts; recycle them. Create pretty, heart-shaped pin cushions. You can add lace, buttons, etc. to decorate them. These would be great to sell at bazaars or craft shows.

Pin cushions from recycled quilt

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June 14, 2010

Save a cap/top from your liquid laundry detergent container. Rinse and wipe dry. To weight the cap/top, fill half of the center with aquarium stones or, if you live near the beach, use some small pebbles from the shore.

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April 11, 2005

Use a piece of sticky-back velcro to attach a piece of kitchen sponge to the top of your sewing machine. Makes a great, always-there pincushion to use while you are sewing.

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May 25, 2004

Make a pin cushion using steel wool as the stuffing. The steel wool will sharpen pins. Use corduroy, felt, or suede as the material for your pin cushion.

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With scrap or regular yarn, you can make a nice little pin cushion. I collect snails, so this was a natural for me.

Cute snail pin cushion.

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December 8, 2009

You can get crafters you know to give you their leftover ends and pieces of pretty fabric, ribbons, etc., and make up little pincushions for small gifts. You don't need a sewing machine, you can make these by hand.

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