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Pin Pal 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


  • 2 1/2 inch clay pot
  • flesh tone acrylic paint
  • red acrylic paint
  • small paintbrush
  • 6 inch square of cotton print fabric
  • 2 inch square of cotton print fabric
  • textured doll hair or decorative fringe
  • 1/4 inch pastel satin ribbon
  • 3/8 inch button
  • polyester fiberfill
  • fine-tip black permanent marker
  • sewing needle
  • matching threads
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil


  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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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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