Confession time: I’ve never actually used a pin cushion before! What? If you’ve sewn from any of my sewing patterns on CharmingDoodle you probably know that I prefer using Wonder Clips instead of pins whenever possible, but sometimes a good pin is the only thing that will work. I’ve seen loads of adorable pin cushions in the fabric store and Pinterest is filled with inspiring images of cute pin cushion designs…but I have always just kept my pins in the plastic box they came in when I purchased them. Until now.
- Small scraps of fabric
- Small scraps of felt
2. Cut your ribbon to be twice as long as the measurement you got in Step 1. This will give you enough ribbon to tie around your machine.
3. Measure the flat front surface of your machine to determine the finished size you want your actual pin cushion to be. (For reference, mine was 3.5″ x 1″.)
4. Add .5″ to each side of the measurement you got in Step 3. This will be the dimension your fabric pieces will need to be. (My fabric pieces were 4.5″ x 2″.) Note: We will be using a 1/4″ seam allowance but adding a half inch gives extra room for the thickness of the pin cushion once it’s full of stuffing.
5. Cut out two pieces of fabric using your dimensions from Step 4. I used a lovely Liberty print and wanted to save every bit so I kept the selvage in my seam allowance.
6. Cut two strips of felt, the same height as your fabric, and about a quarter of the width. These are the ‘straps’ that will hold the ribbon to your pin cushion. (My felt pieces were each 2″ tall and 1″ wide.)
7. Sew the felt pieces to the right side of one of your fabric pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
8. Place your fabric right sides together (so the felt strips will be sandwiched in the middle) and sew all the way around with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving at least 1″ open for turning and stuffing.
9. Clip the corners, turn the rectangle right side out and stuff.