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Pincushion making yourself - DIY instructions for sewing

  • Material and preparation
    • The sewing machine
    • matter
    • fiberfill
    • Needle, yarn, scissors and measuring tape
    • Tailor's chalk or water-soluble textile marker
    • The textile border
    • The button
  • Sewing instructions for a pincushion

During needlework such a pincushion can be very handy. Here, needles and sewing needles quickly find their place and are always at hand. And how many times have you caught upside down in a pin? There are variants here as many as stars in the night sky. We have prepared for you here a simple variant in the dot design. This pincushion is also very suitable for beginners.

Certainly a classic among the sewing utensils: the pincushion

Basically, you do not need a lot of material to quickly get a nice result. Of course, you can modify and modify this manual as you wish. This guide is intended as a suggestion and assistance for many new ideas.

Material and preparation

If you often use a sewing machine and like to make small handicrafts, you probably have most of the material at home or can make do with alternatives.

You need this:

  • sewing machine
  • matter
  • fiberfill
  • Needle and yarn
  • Scissors and measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk or water-soluble textile marker
  • Textilbordüre
  • stud
  • Paper and pen for the pattern

The sewing machine

Need for this pincushion no hi-tech device. Here is enough a simple sewing machine, because you only need a simple straight stitch. This machine is from Silvercrest and now costs about 100, - Euro.


You do not necessarily need three different substances. Of course, you can only use a plain fabric. Also fabric remnants for a kind of patchwork pincushion can also be used. We used 3 different spotted fabrics; the two colorful ones for the top and black with the white dots for the bottom of the pincushion. There are already fabrics from 5, - Euro per meter.


These are available in all craft shops or also shops with craft departments. Depending on the quality 100 g cost about 3, - Euro.

Tip: Do not throw away old pillows and stuffed animals. Disconnect the seams and use the filler material, for example, for your new pincushion.

Needle, yarn, scissors and measuring tape

To close the turning opening and to attach the border you need a handy sewing needle. The color of the yarn is less important because the seams are not visible. Only for attaching the border is appropriate thread.

Tailor's chalk or water-soluble textile marker

To mark the pattern on the fabrics, tailor's chalks or textile markers are recommended, which can be removed after marking and cutting with a damp cloth. Such a marker costs about 4.50 euros. The tailor's chalk is usually available in white, blue or gray and costs about 2.50 euros.

The textile border

The border is of course only optional. We used a lace border. Also plain or borders with pompoms look great here. The border must be so long again circumference of the pincushion and costs about 0.50 euros.

The button

Here you can choose any button. Buttons are available from 0.05 euros per piece.

Sewing instructions for a pincushion

1. Prepare your pattern.

IMPORTANT: Take a lot of time for your pattern, because the more accurate you work now, the more beautiful your final result will be.

When you have finished the pattern, you can cut both pieces out of the paper.

2. Transfer the pattern to your fabric. You need 8 small triangles and 2 large semi-circles. Be very accurate here as well. If you have difficulties, you can also fix the pattern on the fabric with pins.

3. Cut the fabric.

Tip: You do not need to dispose of the scraps of fabric: with these you can additionally stuff your pincushion and save filling material.

4. Lay out the small 8 triangles as you would like for your pincushion.

5. Now two adjacent parts with the right, so the "beautiful" sides are placed on each other. If you want, you can fix the parts with a pin.

6. Insert the lower and upper threads into your sewing machine according to the instructions.

7. Now sew the two pieces together on one long side. Make sure that you always "lock" your seams at the beginning and at the end. This means that in the beginning after a few stitches, press the backspace button (usually on the right front sewing machine), stitch back a few stitches and then the seam completely continues normally. The same applies to the end of the seam.

Tip: sew from the outside toward the top, otherwise the sewing machine will hook you up.

Repeat this step 4 times until you have 4 couples.

8. Now place two couples with the right sides on each other and insert them if necessary.

9. Sew 2 x 2 couples together on the sides.

10. Now you have two semicircles. Lay these again with the right sides on each other, possibly stuck.

11. Now you have a circle sewn together from the original 8 parts.

12. Now we come to the bottom. Lay the two semicircles on each other with the right sides.

13. When sewing, leave about 4 cm open in the middle of the seam. This will be the opening for turning.

14. Now you can merge the top and the bottom right to right. Here it is recommended to fix the two pieces with pins.

15. Sew around the circles completely around the outside.

16. Now you can cut back excess material. Leave an edge of about half an inch.

Tip: If you like, you can also cut several small triangles in the margin, so that the edges can work better later after turning.

17. Now work through the opening on the bottom.

18. Work the edge nicely. If necessary, use a pen or a knitting needle to insert it through the turning hole and push out the edge.

19. Now stuff your pincushion with the filling material. The pincushion may be well filled, so that the needles hold well in the pillow later.

20. Now the turning opening has to be closed. Use the so-called ladder stitch for this purpose. With this your hand-made seam is almost invisible.

An exact sewing instruction for sewing the Leiterstich can be found here: //www.zhonyingli.com/mit-der-hand-naehen-lernen/

21. Now attach the button in the middle of the top of the needle pad. Firmly tighten the thread and prick through the bottom of the pillow so that the button sinks slightly into the material.

22. If you wish, you can now attach a matching textile border at the end. With a few stitches by hand, the border is quickly attached. If you do not want to sew, you can also use a self-adhesive border.

Your unique item is ready and you can use it.

Variant: If you want, you can also attach a wide rubber band on the sides and wear the pincushion on your arm. This often makes work easier, for example when you want to stake out pants.

Tips for quick readers:

  • Arrange the material
  • Prepare cutting pattern and cut out
  • Cut fabric pieces
  • sew the small parts of the top together into a circle
  • sew the two parts together (do not forget the opening)
  • put the circles on the right side and sew them together on the outside of the circle
  • cut off excess material
  • turn
  • stuff
  • Close turning opening with conductor stitch
  • Attach button
  • Attach the border with a few handstitches
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