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Homemade Pincushion Ideas

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Fabric pincushion with polka dot top and gingham base
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 guide about homemade pincushion ideas.
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December 12, 20150 found this helpful

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 guide about making a pincushion ring.

Making a Pin Cushion Ring

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January 16, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide 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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August 8, 2007

Pin cushion holder that resembles an ol' fashioned Easter hat.

Approximate Time 45 minutes

Supplies:

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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May 3, 2011

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.
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Approximate Time: 10 minutes

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Remove the wrapper from the bar of soap. Measure around the bar and add 1/2 inch. Tear a strip of fabric that length by 1/2 inch narrower than the bar. Wrap around the bar folding under 1/4"; glue to the opposite end.

  2. Fold one end of your ribbon under then make a running stitch along one edge, pull your thread to tightly gather the ribbon. Take a few stitches to hold your gathers and arrange your flower at one corner of the fabric; either stitch or glue it in place.

  3. Add a few pins and a perhaps a note when you are done.

Here are a a couple of poems you might want to attach.

Once when I was but your little girl
You took the time to teach me to sew.
Now that I am a Mother with a girl to teach
Where you got your patience I do not know.


Many, many years ago when I was but a girl
You took the time to teach me to sew.
Knowing what kind of child I was back then
Where you found the patience I do not know.

By Ann from Loup City, NE

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July 11, 2011

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. Straying away from the old fashioned pincushions with steel wool in them makes this project a lot easier to deal with. You can make them in any size you wish and any fabric that suits your eye. Make sure you have 2 layers of cloth so none of your particles come through the cloth. A cup of emery will go a long way so why not make several pin and needle cushions to give as gifts.

Source: Instructables

By Gem from VA

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Rela Ann1 found this helpful
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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November 9, 2009

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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December 28, 2010

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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August 27, 2007

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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December 13, 20152 found this helpful

An easy project to customize for a gift. People of all ages need a needle and thread for mending or to replace a button. This is a guide about mason jar pin cushion and sewing kit.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion and Sewing Kit

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October 2, 20112 found this helpful

Pincushions are a necessity for many crafters. Making your own is a craft in itself. One lovely way to design a pincushion is to use a pretty tea cup and saucer. These cushions make a nice addition to your craft area or unusual gifts. This is a guide about making a tea cup pincushion.

Crochet top pin cushion, a craft found on Thriftyfun. Submitted by a member.

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July 19, 20161 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a three tiered crochet pin cushion. This cute pin cushion is really easy to make using minimal supplies and basic crochet skills.

Making a Three Tiered Crochet Pin Cushion

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December 14, 20151 found this helpful

This is a guide about no sew tin can pincushion. An easy project that recycles a can and creates a pin cushion to have handy for all your sewing and craft needs.

No-Sew Tin Can Pincushion

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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, 20050 found this helpful

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, 20041 found this helpful

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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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a recycled cuff pin cushion. Store your pins right on your wrist with this easy cuff.

Finished pincushion.

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November 11, 2008

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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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

Here is a minor twist on the typical pin cushion. This one was made to store safety pins and no machine sewing is required. This is a guide about pink polka dot safety pin cushion.

Pink Polka Dot Safety Pin Cushion

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a pincushion for a sewing machine. If you are into sewing, you always are looking for a pin or pincushion.

sewing machine on a table

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October 31, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a recycled tin can pin cushion. A decorated tin can is a good start to making a unique pin cushion.

Tuna Can Pin Cushion

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October 23, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making jar lid pincushion. A simple, useful craft you can make is a pin storage container with a pincushion on top.

Making a Jar Lid Pincushion

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a paint can pincushion. If space is at a premium in your craft area, try adding a pincushion to the lid of a can of spray paint.

Full size view of the paint can with the pin cushion attached to lid.

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a clay pot pincushion. You can easily create a unique pincushion starting with a small clay flower pot.

A pincushion made from fabric and a terra cotta pot.

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January 16, 20160 found this helpful

Shop yard sales, antique shops, and thrift stores for pretty vintage china cups, creamers, etcetera to make one of a kind pincushions. This is a guide about making vintage china pin cushions.

Vintage China Pin Cushions

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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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January 11, 2008

Take a piece of Styrofoam or packing foam and attach this to your sewing table, sewing machine, or wall behind your sewing area with a piece of double sided tape. The packing foam works great as a pin cushon and you'll always have a convenient place to store your pins when you sew!

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December 10, 20140 found this helpful

Is it possible to use an apple as a pincushion?

By Miranda M.G.

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December 12, 20140 found this helpful
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Your needles and pins will rust. I would not recommend this.

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December 8, 2008

Would any of you crafty people have a pattern for different pin cushions. I think my dear daughter is now a collector. Thanks.

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December 8, 20080 found this helpful

There is a big list of pincushions to make at Tipnut:

http://tipnut.c … ushion-patterns/

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Try a finger pincushion. Easy and fun. Here is a pattern http://ths.gard … 22129086058.html

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December 11, 20080 found this helpful

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This one is fun and can be made with any scrap yarn, some pins, and hot/cool glue.

N-JOY!!

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October 25, 2007

How to make your own magnetic pin cushions? I am always sewing and using straight pins for patterns etc. While I have plenty of fabric pin cushions, I find I am always dropping the pins and finding them later when I get stuck with them painfully. I have seen the magnetic pin cushions in stores that cost $10-$15 each. I would like to know of a way to make my own even in different sizes, so I do not have to keep up with the pins so much. If anyone has any ideas for making these magnetic ones I'd love to hear about them! :) Thanks!

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

in a small jar or other container like margarine bowl or baby food jar, tape or glue a magnet inside the lid & presto ! There you have it !

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

to make a magnetic pin cushion just slip a magnet inside the cushion and the pins will stick

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

Do not put a magnetic pin dish near a computerized sewing machine it will ruin the program and the machine.

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May 28, 20050 found this helpful

Tips and ideas for making your own pin cushion. Post your ideas.

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May 28, 20050 found this helpful

Use cut hair to make a pin cushion.

By Cindy Yasuda

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May 28, 20050 found this helpful

Never use 100% cotton batting. The pins will not go through the cotton batting. Instead, use polyester fiber fill. Mixing the polyester fiber fill with saw dust or hair (as mentioned below) is a good idea. The saw dust and hair help keep the pins sharp and smooth.

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May 29, 20050 found this helpful

If you use this idea, pins and needles will stay rust-free and you will be recycling X's two: Fill the toe of a clean sock to desired pin-cushion size with used coffee grounds that have been spread out to dry (on a cookie sheet in the oven is fastest). After putting a cup or so of the grounds in the sock, twist the sock to form a tight 'ball' and knot the sock. Cut off the remainder of the sock (or not). The sock is quick and easy, but you can also sew a fabric pillow-like pin cushion to fill with the rust-preventing dried grounds before hand-sewing the opening.

Because coffee is a good deoderizer, the same basic idea works well in the closet, basement, car, etc. Socks for this purpose can be more loosely filled and knotted.

Another sock and coffee idea is to partially fill and then knot a sock with dried coffee grounds. etc. (see below) to create an 'eye-pillow' that keeps all light out while also forming itself into the hollows of the eyes to provide the feel of a gentle mini-massage. This is especially nice to sooth tired eyes, for afternoon napping, or for getting to sleep in unfamiliar surroundings. I don't leave home (overnight) without it.

In addition to dried coffee, the sock can be filled with a variety of things other than dried coffee grounds depending on preference or availability. Examples to use individually or to blend for pleasant aromas include uncooked rice, popcorn, legumes, flax seeds, etc., plain or mixed with choice of herbs, dried lavender. tiny pine cones, etc. Fancy fabrics and elastic, (to keep the eye-pillow in place if trying to sleep an airplane, for example), can also be used. Still, as with the pin-cushion, the simplicity of a clean knotted sock is hard to beat...and the weight of the eye-pillow seems to keep it in place in most situations.

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November 14, 2015

Can pecan shells be used for pin cushions?

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November 17, 20150 found this helpful

Yes, crushed pecan shells can be used for pincushions. However, be careful not to gift to anyone with a severe nut allergy. Even the dust could cause a reaction.

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November 14, 20110 found this helpful

I am looking for a granny pin cushion that came out in Crafts n' Things magazine in 1989 or the 1990s. I made it and it is great, but I can't find the magazine. Can you help?

By Minnie from Mcquady, KY

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November 16, 20110 found this helpful

Try here: allfreecrochet.com I am sure that there will be something to fit the bill.

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