Make your own pin cushion



Everyone who sews needs a pin cushion so I thought it would be the perfect first project to share.

This is super easy and you don’t need too many supplies.

Let’s get started.

The supplies for this project are 1 medium sized piece of felt, something round to use as a template (we used a mason jar) thread (we use perle cotton thread), needle, scissors, stuffing (if you don’t have any you could just use some cotton balls), marker or pen.


Step 1. Fold felt in half


Step 2. Use jar or other round object as a template and trace around with pen or marker.IMG_7755 IMG_7758

Step 3. Pin the two pieces together before cutting.


Step 4. Cut out, just outside the line.

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Step 5. Flip over the piece with marker on it to hide the marks.


Step 6. Thread needle and tie a knot in the end.

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Step 7. insert needle between the two layers so you hide the knot on the inside of the project.IMG_7774

Step 8. pull thread up and then go around to the back and push needle toward the front again making a whip stitch. Go about 3/4 of the way around leaving about an inch or so open for stuffing.IMG_7778 IMG_7784 IMG_7785

Step 9. Stuff- if you don’t have fiberfill stuffing you can use cotton balls packed pretty tightly. IMG_7786

Step 10. Once you have your pin cushion stuffed pretty firmly finish stitching closed and tie off. IMG_7789 IMG_7790

Insert pins and now you’re ready to sew bigger projects!

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You can make a pin cushion in ANY shape you like. A circle is the simplest but you could make a heart, star or the first letter of your name! Get creative and make a bunch!

Please send me a picture if you make one. I would love to see your project.



I got this picture emailed to me from brother and sister sewers Jacob and Sarah who saw my post and here’s their pin cushions and much more!  They’ve taken this technique and used it to start making their own plushies! This is so fun and exactly why I’m doing this! Sharing our creativity is the best. Thanks for sending me the picture guys! Keep sewing and creating! If you’ve made something from one of my posts and want to share it please send me pictures!

Sarah and Jacob's felt pin cushions and plashes


6 responses »

  1. My kids just made a pin cushion each! It was fun and easy. Looking forward to the next thing you post. They have always wanted to learn to sew, and I don’t know how. Thanks for the lesson!

  2. Tenney,
    I am so impressed with your blog & plan on teaching my boys to sew something. I cannot sew a stitch so I hope you are a great teacher….it looks like you are:)

  3. Tenny,
    This is the best! Myra-Jean will love it! I know she will subscribe and soon be making me lots of gorgeous pincushions! Thanks for having a blog! Sew, kid! Sew!
    xoxo Jess

  4. My Kids (Sarah & Jacob) just made a pin cushion each and they are on the next one. I think the thread we are using is too think. The knot keeps slipping through the felt. Do you have any advice? We really love your blog and look forward to future projects.


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