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DIY Pin Cushion: Step by Step Guide

When it comes to your DIY pin cushion, why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary? After all, only the creative, crafty and one-of-a-kinders have much of a need for a pin cushion anyway, so let’s take it to the top. Why settle for the simple red tomato if you prefer something yummier, like a pink cupcake coated in marshmallows or M&Ms?    Whatever your mind’s heart can imagine can be transformed into an adorable and functional DIY pin cushion. Best of all, it doesn’t take long to make, and as soon as you’re done, it is ready for use. So, let’s get started!

DIY Pin Cushion Ideas

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Stuck trying to come with a creative idea for using your DIY pin cushion? No problem. Sometimes the most creative of us have trouble settling in on one idea for fear we could have done something better. In the case of DIY pin cushions, that’s not a problem. These handy little babies are multifunctional and can be used in all sorts of creative ways, so you can make many. We’ve listed a few below you must check out.

Standard Pin Cushion

Of course you have your standard and convenient sewing companion cushion that simply stores your straight pins so they are readily accessible. Any seamstress keeps at least one of these close at hand at all times, whether sewing by hand or while operating a sewing machine. These handy beanbag style cushions make it easy to store, grab or organize your pin collection, and it’s an essential complement to your sewing kit. Consider spicing yours up by adding a zany material or a wacky shape. Remember, it’s all in fun.

Pincushion in a Teacup

Now here’s an idea you may not have considered: a teacup pincushion. So what can you do with it? Glad you asked. You can have fun making it and enjoy looking at your adorable, yet usable creation. This idea simply requires any leftover material from a previous project, an ornate teacup, batting, a hot glue gun, and a handy hair twist. It’s a simple and fun way to use, repurpose, and revitalize items that can easily get pushed to the back of the shelf.

Pincushion in a Jar

If you haven’t thought about a DIY pin cushion in a jar, let’s talk. All you’ll need is an empty mason jar, a hot glue gun, wool batting, and a small remnant of your favorite fabric (just large enough to cover the lid when stuffed). In minutes, you can create a pin cushion on top with a handy button holding jar on the bottom, which can also be filled with other sewing doodads, of course.

This idea can make a great gift for any of your seamstress buddies, your child’s teachers, and even your crafty relatives. Not only is it one of a kind, but it is also functional and thoughtful.

Pincushion for Your Wrist

When it’s all about speed and convenience, we recommend a wrist pin cushion. No one enjoys stopping in the middle of their work to search for a misplaced pin cushion. Surely you weren’t considering buying one from the store when you can exercise your creative juices and make one yourself?

This is another simple and rewarding project that can add to your sewing repertoire. There are so many ways you can make this handy sewing companion, from starting with an actual bracelet to cutting out a wrist-sized portion scrap from your favorite sock to make the wristband. Try your hand at it and see what you can create.

What to Stuff a Pin Cushion With?

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If you noticed that we used the term batting a few times already, let’s explain what that is. Batting is basically a cotton stuffing that goes inside the pin cushion. Clearly, we need something inside the cushion that holds the pins in place and provides the cushiony quality. Batting is just one option of many.

Depending on the weight you prefer in your DIY pin cushion, you can choose to stuff it with walnut shells, steel wool, emery sand, or plastic beads, to name a few items. Plus, any of these items should be easily accessible in a local fabric store or the sewing department of a big box store. If you want to add another feature to your pincushion, you can stuff it with lavender, which will produce a calming yet fragrant aroma for you to enjoy while sewing.

Why Make Your Own Pin Cushion?

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Making your own pin cushion should be an enjoyable experience. Besides serving as a creative outlet, there are many other benefits to making your pincushion. Let’s look at three of the top reasons people choose to engage in DIY pin cushion making.

It’s Relaxing

Creating something that you envision in your mind’s eye can provide a soothing and rewarding feeling. Not only that, but it takes your mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday stressors. Instead of binging on television, where you’re watching someone else accomplish their goals, you can get started on your pin cushion project and focus on accomplishing your own goals.

Creating Family Heirlooms

It’s an amazing feeling to receive and cook a unique recipe that was created by your great-grandmother, or swaddle your newborn baby in a handmade blanket from your sister. These items are not only one-of-a-kind, but they also hold sentimental value that no store-bought item ever matches. Creating your signature pin cushion design could be a way that you pass down a family heirloom and a skill that your daughter or son could later pass on to their offspring.

Unique Self Expression

As we’ve already mentioned, the sentimental value of creating one-of-a-kind items goes without saying. It’s rewarding to take an idea from start to finish, particularly in creating something that can actually be used and not just placed on a table or discarded in a cabinet. Best of all, you can make exactly what you like instead of settling for what is available, and your work will be an outward token of your inner self.

What Do You Need to Make a DIY Pin Cushion?

There are countless ways to do this, but the materials are all basically the same. Make sure you have these items on hand before you get started:

  • Batting
  • A remnant of your favorite material (size varies – but 3-4 inches should work in most cases)
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How to Make a DIY Pin Cushion in 5 Steps

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Step 1: Cut Your Fabric

A simple circle works for most beginners, but you can be as creative as your heart’s desire if you are a more advanced seamstress

Step 2: Seal the Edges

This step requires sewing skill. You can do this by hand or use a sewing machine. Either way, the material should be inside out before you begin sewing. Always leave a small opening for step three.

Step 3: Fill with Stuffing

Gently pull the material so the correct side is showing. By accessing the small opening, you can begin adding your batting to the pin cushion.

Step 4: Complete the Seal

Once you feel comfortable that it is cushiony enough, sew the unsealed opening by hand or using a sewing machine.

Once you feel comfortable that it is cushiony enough, sew the unsealed opening by hand or using a sewing machine.

Step 5: Personalize with Embellishments

Adorn your cushion with jewels, felt fabric or whatever eye-catching accessory you desire. Just remember to leave space for your needles. These steps are simple, but your biggest variations and rewards come in the materials and design you select for your project.


There is no limit to the number of adorable and eye-catching pincushion patterns you can choose from. Select your favorite color, a zany pattern from Pinterest or an online PDF to get started. Most of the materials we’ve mentioned are commonly on hand in your sewing kit or linen closet. Adding embellishments will help your idea pop and capture your unique self-expression.

Animals and Shapes

From turtles to small houses or petaled flowers, when it comes to DIY pin cushion animals and objects, the possibilities are endless. Here you can choose something adorable, edible or even an edifice. Depending on the size and shape, you can incorporate different features, such as a sewing pack or carrying sack. It’s truly up to you.

Sewing Caddy

Another variation you may want to explore is to create a sewing caddy with an attached pin cushion. Again, this is a functional and creative project that can not only help organize your sewing gadgets but would make a great gift for new graduates heading to college or for other seamstresses.


In case you’re wondering, teacups and mason jars aren’t the only containers that can be re-used for a DIY pin cushion. Be as crafty as you like, both in size and design. If you have a few bottle caps or empty and thoroughly washed tin cans on hand, grab them and put them to use. There’s no sense in throwing away what can be transformed into something amazing. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure: especially if you have the creative knack.


Thanks for checking out our DIY pin cushion article. Hopefully, we’ve left you inspired to get started right away on a project of your own. We’re always glad to help someone explore and exercise their creative muscles. Now let’s get crafty!

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