4 Free Pincushion Patterns
Here are 4 free pincushion patterns for you to try out (because you can never have too many)! They don’t take long to make, you can
indulge your creativity and they can be made from the tiniest little
scraps of fabric left over from your other crafting projects. You can
splash out on a little luxe fabric if you want some extra pizzazz!
mention that they’re a complete doddle to make? Perfect for last-minute
Most Popular Free Pincushion Patterns
Felt Heart Pincushion
Felt Heart Pin Cushion
What could be easier than a few scraps of felt cut into decreasing
sized hearts, blanket stitched together and then stuffed? Easy. Quick.
Pretty and very cheap! I’ve made these for school fayres and
they are always popular because people love to buy hand stitched
- Scraps of contrasting felt
- Small amounts of embroidery silk in contrasting colours
- Toy stuffing (or chopped up old tights - a trick
my granny taught me, from the days when nothing went to
- Thin cardstock or card from an empty cereal box
- Scrap of paper
- Draw a heart shape on the card with your sharpie. This will be your largest heart and your template
- Cut out the template and place it on the paper
- Draw around the template, pin to the felt and cut out the first fabric piece
- Repeat step 3 so you have 2 matching heart shapes
- Trim your template, until you have a smaller heart shape, then repeat step 3. You now have a smaller fabric heart
- Repeat step 5
- Pin your smallest heart to the middle-sized heart, then secure in place using decorative blanket stitch
- Pin these 2 hearts to the largest heart and secure in place as above
- Blanket stitch the 2 large hearts together, leaving a small gap. Leave the needle threaded!
- Stuff your heart to the thickness you want, then stitch the gap closed
Enjoy your pretty pincushion … or add a ribbon loop, add some lavender to the stuffing and hang up to show it off.
Decorative Square Free Pincushion Patterns
My BFF loved this cool pin cushion so much, she bought it before anyone else got a look in …
we were selling handmade crafts at a school Fayre at the time, but she
wasn’t taking no for an answer! I learned not to cross her when her
mind it set on something many years ago, but that’s another story … here's how to make it.
- 2 squares of contrasting fabrics (I used denim backing on this one)
- 1 square iron on interfacing (same size as the fabric squares)
- Ribbon scraps – I used a red grosgrain ribbon, a white satin ribbon with translucent centre and cheery red ric rac
- One covered button
Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the pincushion front then layer up and arrange the ribbon trims to your pattern of choice.
Pin, then stitch into place.
Trim excess ribbon, then stitch the two pieces of the pin cushion
together (right sides together). Remember to leave a gap for turning.
Stuff the turned out pincushion and sew the gap closed.
Heart Pin Cushion
This pin cushion only took 20 minutes to make from start to finish
and it cost me nothing. I used up fabric off cuts from a quilt I had made
(I always save the scraps, as I never know when they will come in handy)
I stuffed it with chopped up old nylons; the button was a spare that
came with a jacket I have since repurposed! Best of all, I sold this pin
cushion at a craft fair for £7.95 …
- Teeny scraps of 2 contrasting fabrics (I used denim from old jeans for the back of this one)
- Decorative Button
- Thin card stock or card from an empty cereal box
- Scrap of paper
- Draw a heart shape on the card with your sharpie
- Cut out the template and place it on the paper. Draw around the template
- Cut out the paper pattern, then cut the pattern into 4 quarters
- Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric, choosing the fabric arrangement you want
- Cut out the fabric, leaving a good margin for the seams
- Pin then stitch one contrasting ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ section, with right sides together, then repeat with the other side.
- Stitch and neaten the centre seam, then iron the heart flat
- Stitch the front piece and back together, leaving a small gap to turn the pincushion to the right side
- Fill with stuffing before hand sewing the opening closed
- Trim the pincushion with the button, pulling the stitching tight
through the bottom of the pin cushion, to make it nice and plump!
This dainty little pin cushion lives in my craft box. I love the cheery
yellow butterfly fabric and bright orange trim. It's not the most sophisticated of my free pincushion patterns but it makes me smile on the
dullest of days and it only took moments to make.
- 2 small rectangles of contrasting fabrics (I used denim from old
jeans for the back of this one - I love working old denim into my
- Ribbon scraps
- Cut out 2 fabric rectangles
- Pin, then stitch the ribbon to the front of your pin cushion
Add a fabric loop, then pin right sides together and stitch around the pincushion, leaving a small opening.
Which f the free pincushion patterns was your favourite? Have you made one? Do share your photos, I’d love to see them.
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