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Learn to Sew: Easy Pincushion

Learn to Sew: Easy Pincushion

This super cute pincushion is fast and easy. A great quick gift!



You'll need

  1. Two 6 inch squares of quilting cotton,
  2. Large coordinating button,
  3. Pin-cushion filling or sawdust, sand, or other fine material,
  4. Thread, scissors, hand-sewing needle.


Here's what you do:

Mark ¾ inch squares on each corner of the 6” quilting cotton squares.

Cut out the squares. 

Pin the squares together between each cut-out.Stitch three sides together, using a ¼ seam allowance. Stitch the fourth side, leaving a 3 inch gap in the middle.

Pinch the remaining cut-out corner openings together, lining up the side seams. Pin and stitch them, using a ¼ seam allowance.

Turn the pin cushion right side out.

Using your fingers and a point-turner, finger-press the seams and push out the corners to make a cube.

Pour the pin cushion filling into the gap you’ve left in one side. Don’t fill it really full, there should be enough room to easily hand sew the gap shut.


Hand stitch the gap closed. The pincushion should still be soft and squishy. Don’t worry; the next step will make it nice and firm.

Using a long hand-sewing needle, sew a button to the top of your pincushion by pushing the needle all the way through the pincushion to the other side, pulling it out the bottom and back up through the pincushion to the button hole.

You can add a second button on the bottom to make it firmer and stronger if you want, though it is tricky to line up the buttonholes.

With each stitch, pull the thread tight to pull the button firmly into the pincushion. This will make the pincushion firm.
Repeat as many times as necessary to secure the button firmly.

Your pincushion is done. Isn’t it cute?