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!

Did I mention that they’re a complete doddle to make? Perfect for last-minute gifts...

Most Popular Free Pincushion Patterns

Felt Heart Pincushion

how to make a heart pincushionFelt 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 items.

Materials

  • 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 waste).
  • Thin cardstock or card from an empty cereal box
  • Scrap of paper
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Draw a heart shape on the card with your sharpie. This will be your largest heart and your template
  2. Cut out the template and place it on the paper
  3. Draw around the template, pin to the felt and cut out the first fabric piece
  4. Repeat step 3 so you have 2 matching heart shapes
  5. Trim your template, until you have a smaller heart shape, then repeat step 3. You now have a smaller fabric heart
  6. Repeat step 5
  7. Pin your smallest heart to the middle-sized heart, then secure in place using decorative blanket stitch
  8. Pin these 2 hearts to the largest heart and secure in place as above
  9. Blanket stitch the 2 large hearts together, leaving a small gap. Leave the needle threaded!
  10. 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

how to make a decorative pin cushion

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.

 Materials

  • 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
  • Stuffing
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Instructions

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.

how to make a decorative pin cushion

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 …

Materials

  • Teeny scraps of 2 contrasting fabrics (I used denim from old jeans for the back of this one)
  • Decorative Button
  • Thread
  • Thin card stock or card from an empty cereal box
  • Scrap of paper
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • 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
how to make a heart pincushion
  • 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!
how to make a decorative pin cushion

Pretty Pincushion

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.

pretty pincushion

Materials

  • 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 projects)
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Stuffing
  • Thread
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Cut out 2 fabric rectangles
  • Pin, then stitch the ribbon to the front of your pin cushion
pretty pincushion

Add a fabric loop, then pin right sides together and stitch around the pincushion, leaving a small opening.

pretty pincushion

Which f the free pincushion patterns was your favourite? Have you made one? Do share your photos, I’d love to see them.

What's next?

Find out how to make these pretty little ball jar storage pincushions ...

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