November 2 ~ Pincushions & Pins

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Pincushions are just handy. They are also one of those beautiful, small items people always welcome as a gift! These would be great for teachers, friends and crafters on your gift list. Pins add to the total “Wow” effect! Here are our favorite pincushion tutorials on the web (and one for those “Wow” pins too):
Tiny Pincushion
Jess shows how to repurpose bottle caps in this Tiny Pincushion Tutorial on How About Orange.
Shrinky Dink Pins
Who could resist these fun pins from Hillary of Wee Wonderfuls? Here is Hillary’s Shrinky Dink Tutorial.
Patchwork Pincushion
Leah, from Hyena in Petticoats, creates a beautiful pincushion with her Patchwork Pincushion Tutorial.
Just as an aside, at the very last minute Leah’s tutorial pictures “disappeared” in one of those special, odd technology glitches we all run into from time to time. Leah worked hard yesterday to re-shoot all of the photos so you could enjoy this fantastic tutorial (and spread the good tidings with some great gifts over the holidays). Thank you, Leah, for all of your hard work; we appreciate it!
Offset Square Wrist Pincushion
This Offset Square Wrist Pincushion Tutorial, from June of PlanetJune, is handy for the crafter with a lot of “creative clutter!”

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Pieced Pincushions

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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71 Responses to November 2 ~ Pincushions & Pins

  1. missy says:

    what a neat little gift to make someone! And we can ALL use a pincushion….or two…or three!!!

  2. Darma says:

    I’ve made the bottle cap pincushions and they are so easy. I love the idea of shrinky dink pins. That is a great additon to a pinsushion for a gift.I need some for myself too! Very cute! Nice pincushion tutorials here. Love seeing the differnt designs created.

    Thanks for more goodies to look at.

  3. DeerDominique says:

    That Hillary, she’s everywhere with her cuteness! I’m definitely going to make some shrinky dink pins. After reading the tutorial, I think I may attempt to make the shrinky dink part flat against the pin so that I may use them in sewing, instead of just for pretty.
    I also wanted to say the growing tutorials list has quickly become my “go to” spot for all things sewing and crafty, such a treasure trove. Thank You!!

  4. lelia says:

    Oh, your pinkeeps are awesome!!!

  5. Kim says:

    Hey I make my big patchwork pin cushions just like that! Cool!


  6. Lil' d says:

    PS. I posted a pear pincushion tutorial too

  7. Charlyce says:

    Does anyone have a idea for a western type pin cushion? Thanks!

  8. Lil' d says:

    I finally got around to posting a tutorial on my blog for making an apple shaped pin cushion, so stop by if you’re interested – it’s a very forgiving project for beginner like me.

  9. marcia says:

    I have wanted to make myself a pincushion for a long time, and am thinking that they, along with other ideas from Handmade Holidays would make some great gifts for sisters, Bible study friends and sisrers! Thanks so much for all the great thoughts! Marcia

  10. Ekioart says:

    Ooh that patchwork pincushion is so nice looking. I’m going to have to run to the fabric store agian!

  11. Michelle says:

    OK, I’m ADDICTED to those cute little pincusions. I made 2 on saturday because I could only find 2 lids – we didn’t have soda bottle lids so I snagged two off of salad dressing bottles that were *almost* empty : D I LOVE them. I’ll be making more.

  12. Sandy says:

    I want to make a slew of tiny pincushions! I could make one for every room in the house, then I wouldn’t be constantly looking for pins.

  13. marcie says:

    Cute ideas, and great gift ideas. But which project to start first?

  14. Concha says:

    Thanks again! These lists are really handy 🙂

  15. Lynn says:

    They are all so lovely.

  16. Javede says:

    Those are really cute pincushions!

  17. Dawn says:

    FYI: verybigjen has a tutorial on the tiny pinkeeps on flickr.
    I am enjoying your handmade ideas each day…I have your button on my sidebar so others will be able to come visit!

  18. Kelly says:

    Oh, I just found the perfect gifts for my sewing students! Now I just have to decide which tutorials to use! :-S

  19. Carol Taylor says:

    What a great resource, I will definately be having a go at the tiny pincushions, if not the rest! I am a school teacher and these could be grat for class. love carol t

  20. Kristine says:

    I’ve never made a pin cushion before…this should be a fun quick project!

  21. meowy says:

    I’ve actually made shrinky dink pins before! They’re fun!

  22. Eren says:

    I know EXACTLY who Im going to make one of these for…thanks for the inspiration!!!

  23. Deb G says:

    I love the recycling possibilities of the tiny pincushions!

  24. Anna says:

    Another pressie to tick off the list: pincushions for best friend. One from me one from her favourite (and only) goddaughter.

  25. car says:

    i may just make everyone a pin cushion for christmas, even though 95% of the people i know don’t actually sew.

  26. Kirstin says:

    Ahhh, I think I have some shrinky dink plastic in the basement! I’d better go hunt. I was looking for the perfect pins to go in a pin cushion from the Therese Laskey “Softies” book, and these are going to be it!!!

  27. Coralee says:

    can’t wait to try these!

  28. Carol says:

    Great tutorials! But I hate it when pincushions aren’t weighty enough and slide all over the place. I’ve been contemplating filling half with lentil or walnut shell.

  29. Lori says:

    I think I’ve found my next project!

  30. Andie says:

    this month of tutes is going to get huge – I can sense its momentum like a snowball gathering speed and mass – at the end of the month there will be an exhausted heap of crafters from all over the world!!!

  31. Mae says:

    The patchwork pincushion is really sweet. I really need to make myself one of these. The one I have was my great g’ma’s I think and really beat up.

  32. Ashley says:

    I love those pins…sooo cute!!

  33. love the patchwork pincushion!

  34. Georgia says:

    I bought fabric to make a new pincushion for myself months ago, but I haven’t found a pattern I like–these are fabulous! I will definitely be trying them.

  35. Elizabeth says:

    Oooooh! Can’t WAIT to try these out. I’ve had the same (single) pincushion for 10 years. I think it’s time for an upgrade! The shrinky-dink pins are incredible too!

  36. Jennifer L says:

    I was just saying the other day that i needed a pincushion. Can’t wait to try out one of the tutorials!

  37. melissa says:

    thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial!
    i hope to make myself a new pincushion this weekend!

  38. Beth H says:

    I love to make pincushions from scraps I have. I have a lot of fabric scraps because I can’t bring myself to get rid of them…I just know I’ll need them someday.
    Here’s mine:

  39. Holly says:

    Those Tiny Pincushions are adorable!

  40. lesley says:

    I love the way yall have your choices in fabrics at the bottom. I can’t wait to try all these cute ideas.

  41. Lisa NYC says:

    oh, how I LOVE pincushions!!! Thanks for the tutorials!

    I’ve listed additional pincushion tutorials over on my blog today if anyone needs added inspiration. I think I’m gonna go with a pink and black flower shaped one!

    And then off to the craft store to find some Shrinky Dink sheets.

    I’m having too much fun! You girls are the best!

  42. Lisa Clarke says:

    I desperately need a pincushion – I still keep all of my pins in that little plastic “box” they came in – and it doesn’t even seal shut. There’s a pins-all-over-the-floor disaster just waiting to happen…

  43. Rachelle says:

    I love the different shapes besides just round So creative!!

  44. adrienne says:

    I never cared for pin cushions. I much rather like collecting them on the table, hoping they don’t fall off and “accidently” finding them stuck to my foot when they do. I’m getting tired of the so I am planning to make the offset wrist one…super cute! =]

  45. Britta says:

    Oh WOW!! I think those shrinky dink pins are so cool! I will have to get out my shrinky dink stuff and make some rite away:O)

  46. Jane B says:

    I love making pincushions. I have a nice collection myself, but they make great gifts.

  47. MaryBeth says:

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Lil' d says:

    I’ve made an apple pincushion before, but that was a gift for someone else. Every time I sew and keep scrambling after loose pins in a box I wonder why I haven’t got around making a pincushion for myself. It’s on my to-do list…

  49. Beth – You are an absolute star.
    Thanks so much for including my tutorial, and for the appreciative post!
    All the pincushions look fabulous – can’t wait to see what’s next!
    Leah xxx

  50. gatorgirl says:

    I used Hillary’s tutorial and made some shrinky dink pins! They are addictive and so, so much fun!

  51. Tina says:

    Ooooh, I’ve been saving bottlecaps to make bottlecap-sized pin cushions. There’s a tutorial over in Flickr… somewhere.

    And the shrinkydink pins are to die for 🙂

  52. Hashi says:

    After making the apron last night, I was hanging around the computer impatiently this morning, waiting for the next tutorial. Ten A.M. and my wrist pincushion is done … I love it! Thank you so much for all these daily links.

  53. liz elayne says:

    i love them all! but those shrinkydink pins would be some kind of fun while sewing – and great to make for fabric swaps.

  54. Missy says:

    I’ve never made a pincushion. I think I’ll give it a go!

  55. Alisha says:

    I love the tiny pincushions. There’s just something about tiny stuff!

  56. Lynn says:

    Those are so cute, but I’ve found that I really like the magnetic ones. Maybe I’ll make a few just to look at! The shrinky dink pins are too cute.

  57. Violet Westergaard says:

    Oooh, I could definitely use a wrist pincushion!

  58. This is so exciting. Pin cushions seem so easy, but I’ve never made one before. I have lots of scraps and can’t wait to try some. Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. Nicole says:

    I love pincushions. I am always looking for a good pattern. Thanks so showing that pattern.

  60. Lori Hudson says:

    I love all of these ideas!

  61. Jay says:

    These are GREAT! I lose needles all the time (a rather big hazard for the summer months) and so do my friends. I’ll have to make several of these 🙂

  62. Renee says:

    I really should be looking at this blog for gifts for OTHER people, but I keep finding gifts for ME! OK, one pin cushion for someone else and one for me. That’s fair.

  63. orata says:

    I love those shrinky dink pins, too!
    Thought I’d mention that Piecework Magazine is having a pincushion design contest

  64. Deb says:

    this is just too much fun, seriously. I’ve made a promise to myself to craft a little (or more than a little) every day this month. Some say it takes 30 days for a habit to become ingrained, so here’s to making crafting as important as brushing and flossing!!!

  65. Kacy says:

    Day 2, still goin’ strong. Definitely need to try the wristband pin cushion. That would come in very handy!!

  66. Stephanie says:

    I love this tutorial! These pincushions make excellent gifts for my quiliting class buddies.

  67. alison says:

    Those are adorable pincushion ideas! Love the shrinky dink pins – I’ll have to try that.

  68. I keep meaning to make a pincushion for myself — I never thought about making them as a gift for my few friends that do sew. I have a really cheap wrist cushion for myself that doesn’t stay put on my arm, so I wonder if I could work something out with velcro.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  69. Vickie says:

    I love the shrinky dinks! I am going to make some to go with the pincushions I make for Christmas gifts!!
    Thanks again for another great idea!

  70. andrea says:

    never really use a pincushion since they came out with those magnetic ones. like the idea of the wrist one, handy. made yesterday’s apron, came out so-so, ruffles still need work.

  71. Chris says:

    Shrinky Dink pins — love those and it gives me an excuse to go to Hobby Lobby… 🙂 Thanks for a wonderful start to Handmade Holidays!

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