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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Join the round with a slipstitch. For the second round, *slipstitch in first single crochet, skip next single crochet, (double crochet, chain  1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) in next stitch; skip next single crochet; repeat from  * around. If you come to a corner at an akward place in the crocheted shell, feel free either to skip 2 stitches before making the slipstitch or not skip any stitches. This will just give you a slightly stretched out or slightly tighter shell (respectively) and is no big deal.

Step 3: Sew the buttons in place.

Here's where you get to show off a few select buttons. Choose a button for both the front and back of the cushion. For mine, I stacked a couple of buttons on the front side for a bit of extra color. Play around a bit before you attach your buttons—you never know, an unexpected combination might be just the right finishing touch.


Next, thread a needle with a long strand of the sock yarn. Insert the needle through the back of the cushion to the front, then through your button (or stack of buttons) and back from front to back. Insert the yarn through the knot end on the back side to secure.

Sew another button to the back side, then go back through the front side button(s) once more to secure (you'll end with the needle and yarn in back of the cushion). Pull the yarn taut to make a little indentation in the cushion where the buttons are.


To knot off the yarn, wrap it around the button once, leaving a small loop of yarn outside of the button. Thread the end of the yarn through the loop and pull taut. Work through the loop one more time and tie off.

 



Your pincushion is complete! Now you have a cute and colorful landing place for all of your sewing pins.

See more of my projects on my personal blog, and look for my new book, Crochet Adorned, in stores August 11, 2009.

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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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