A Quick Mother’s Day Gift Tutorial-Pincushion

Remember when you were a kid and made your mom a special gift for Mother’s Day?  Remember how much she treasured that gift?  Well, you can do that again.

Everyone needs a pincushion, functional or decorative.  This tutorial will show you how to make a container pincushion for your mom on her special day.

First, you will need materials:

Fabric – either a fat quarter or scrap.  It can be any kind of fabric, except stretchy.

Fiber fill – stuffing for your pin cushion.

Long, large eyed needle –  you’ll need this to go through the pincushion and its attached emery cushion.

Embroidery Thread – you will use all 6 strands at once

Emery Sand or Regular sand – you can even use wool fiber or hair.

Salad Plate – or something circular that is approximately 8 inches in diameter.

Round Ribbon box – or something circular that is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter.

E6000 Glue – my favorite because it will not stick to your skin, but when dry is VERY permanent.

Rubberbands – at least 2

Ribbon and Trim – to decorate your pincushion

Scissors – a must

Straight pins – to hold your trim in place until you have glued it or sewn it on

Ink pen – to trace around your circular plate, etc.

Container – to hold your pincushion.  This can be a vase, candle stick, candy dish, teacup, anything that is round and pretty and definitely something your mom would like.

If you sew at all, you will have most of this stuff on hand.  Most of my containers were purchased at yard sales and thrift shops.  Fiberfill, fabric, ribbon, trim, embroidery thread, needles, straight pins and glue can be purchased at any craft/fabric shop, even WalMart.

Let’s begin. 

First trace around the plate on a single layer of fabric and cut out.  Then trace around the ribbon box on a double layer of fabric and cut out.

Place the two smaller circles together right sides out and sew a running stitch (with 6 strands of embroidery floss) approximately 1/4 inch from the edge.  This does not have to be perfect.  Gather a little and add emery sand or regular sand.  Then add a little fiberfill to keep the sand in place.  Pull the thread tightly and secure with several stitches and a knot.  Set aside.

Do a running stitch on the large circle.  Gather a little and stuff with fiberfill.  Gather some more and add more fiberfill.  You want this firm.  Pull stitches tight and secure with several stitches and a knot.  DO NOT CUT THREAD at this point.  Run the needle up through the center bottom to the center top and then through the center of the small emery cushion.  Move the needle over just a hair and run it back down through then emery cushion and pincushion.  Secure with a knot and cut thread.

Now for your container.  Add glue to just inside of rim, lots of glue.  Center your pincushion on top of your container (or just inside if you have a wider mouthed container).  Secure with rubberbands until dry (a couple of hours at least).

After your pincushion has dried for several hours, add your trim.  Pin in place and either sew or glue the trim to your pincushion.  When completely dry, package nicely and give to your mom.

Let your immagination run wild.  There are many things you can use as a container for your pincushion.  Have fun and have a Great Mother’s Day.


6 thoughts on “A Quick Mother’s Day Gift Tutorial-Pincushion

  1. Those came out really nice. I bet I have a few things around here I could turn into a pincushion.

  2. Yes you can make it. It’s easy! The other three were made using (from left to right) a candy dish, a teacup (the kind without a handle) and a votive candle holder. The circles cut for each (again left to right) measured 8″, 4 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches. A button decorates the left one and the emery cushion dangles on a ribbon.

  3. There is a lot of ingenuity in these pincushions, and I’m going to try to make a couple of them. (I might try using one of my broken tea cups.) I never would have thought to use things like dishes, though I did a tuna can lace pincushion lately. My last post was carrot pincushions. I guess there’s no end to what you can do.

    I also like your photography, and your instructions. I don’t begin to have your acumen on the subject, as I’ve only recently started taking pictures and playing with my camera (about a year). I know that my local college has a 35mm class for the “true” photographers, but I don’t have a 35mm camera. So my learning is by trial and error, and there’s plenty of errors for each useable pic.

    Thanks for the fun post. I’ll look for you again.

    I enjoyed your blog. How’s the puppy coming along?

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