How to Make a Pretty Pincushion with a Button Center

comments (13) March 18th, 2009     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.
To begin, cut four 3-1/2-inch squares from two different fabrics. Align the squares (make four total sets of two squares).
With the right sides of each square facing, line up the edges and sew one edge of each square pair together. Open out each pair and press the seam to one side.
With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

With this pincushion, now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

Photo: Linda Permann
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Pin the open edges in place and whipstitch the pillow shut using a coordinating thread.

Step 2: Add a crocheted border.

The next few steps are optional for those of you who want to add a crocheted border to your pincushion. Feel free to skip ahead to the button sewing if you'd like. For this section, I used a small amount of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in color #146 flames. Any sock yarn will do—and it's good for this project because it has a bit of elasticity in it (that makes it easier to pick up the whipstitches). If you don't have any sock yarn, try using embroidery floss or crochet thread instead.


With an embroidery needle and a little sock yarn, whipstitch around the entire edge of the cushion. Leave the stitches slightly loose as you'll be working crochet stitches into them. Tie the ends of the yarn in a knot, and leave the ends long.

You can either crochet over the long ends as you go, or weave them in when you're through adding the edging.


With the sock yarn and a size 2.75mm hook, work a round of single crochet stitches into the whipstitches. Make 1 single crochet in each stitch, placing 2 or 3 single crochet stitches in the whipstitches at the corner if necessary to turn the corner.

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Comments (13)

yarntoknit writes: Great turorial Linda. I made one today. You can see it here: http://theyarntoknitblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-bit-of-crochet.html
Thank you!
Posted: 5:27 pm on August 30th
sophiecai writes: cute one....would love to make one too
Posted: 11:16 am on February 15th
SWEEETBONBON writes: LIKE IT ALOT. WILL HAVE MY 8 YEAR OLD GRANDAUGHTER MAKE ONE.. THANKS

Posted: 4:12 pm on December 2nd
moonbaby writes: I really love this pin cushion. I am planing on making several for Christmas gifts. I am so excited I just got my craft room set up and I have been looking for things to make....Keep it up...
Posted: 2:32 pm on July 2nd
moonbaby writes: I really love this pin cushion. I am planing on making several for Christmas gifts. I am so excited I just got my craft roon set up and I have been looking for things to make....Keep it up...
Posted: 2:28 pm on July 2nd
Luz writes: Great Project - love your instructions and photos. I'm off to see a new pin cushion.. Thanks so much!!
Posted: 7:21 pm on March 23rd
SEWButterfly writes: Love the pincushion and crocheted edge! Great 'how-to'!
Posted: 11:36 am on March 23rd
Sweet_Dee writes: Gorgeous!!!
Posted: 3:32 pm on March 21st
NoNoSewHip writes: What a beautiful pin cushion! and wow..I think I will take my crochet needle out and just might do this! Thanks
Posted: 7:41 am on March 21st
LindaPermann writes: thanks ladies!
Posted: 2:20 am on March 20th
MarleyMom writes: Very Cute. Thanks.

Posted: 7:38 pm on March 19th
susanstars writes: That's gorgeous, Linda! I want to make one for sure... I love those ingenious tiny-amounts-of-fabric projects :)
Posted: 12:17 pm on March 19th
Sister_Diane writes: This is adorable! And your instructions for making the crochet edging are fantastic. I think I could actually do that!

Also, I LOVE how you set up your finished-project photo. Beautiful shot.
Posted: 10:38 am on March 19th
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