How to Make Fast and Easy Pincushions – with Baby Pom-Poms

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Sew adorable pincushions using your favorite fabric! Learn how to make cute pincushions with little pom pom trim (or fringe, or any trim). These little pillows make the perfect gift for yourself or any one of your sewing or quiltmaking friends.

I made pincushions to give as gifts to my sisters and sewing friends this year. They were very easy… do you want to see how?

You will need small amounts of:

  • fabric (like this panel print or another fabric with cute motifs to cut),

  • felt,

  • tiny pom pom trim,

  • and some fiberfill or other stuffing.

Start by cutting apart the panel to get approximately 4” squares, or cut 4” squares of fabric from another print you like. Cutting just your favorite part of a print out is called ‘fussy cutting’ and I love to do it! The great thing about these pin cushions is that your fussy cut piece of fabric can be anywhere from 4-6”.

Lay each piece on top of some wool/rayon blend felt (mine is from National Non-Wovens) and cut out a square or rectangle the same size for the back. I love the texture of felt and think it makes a perfect pincushion bottom.

Fuse the fabric pieces to the interfacing scraps. I save so many interfacing scraps because I hate throwing them out, and this was the perfect opportunity to use up a few.

Stabilizing your pincushion tops prevents them from looking lumpy from the fiberfill, and gives the pins that satisfying ‘pop’ when you stick them through. Try it.

Install the zipper foot on your sewing machine and adjust your sewing machine to the longest stitch length (for basting). Baste the pom pom trim around the interfaced piece of fabric, stitching approximately 1/4” from the edge. The pom poms should be facing the center of the fabric square. Overlap the ends at the bottom with the raw ends hanging off the raw edge of the fabric.

Keep the zipper foot on your sewing machine (you’ll use it for all the sewing in the project).

Place the fabric piece on top of it’s matching piece of felt with the pom poms sandwiched in the middle. You may pin if you wish, but I found it easier to just hold it together and make small adjustments as I sewed, if necessary.

In the picture above, you can see ends of the pom pom trim sticking out a little at the edge closest to you. Start sewing on any other side than the one with the trim ends. Sew for about an inch on one side, pivot, and then sew around the square.

Use the basting stitches as a guide and do your best to sew right on top of them.

When you get around to the same side that you started on, sew for about an inch and then backstitch. Make sure you leave at least 2-2 1/2” to turn the pincushion right side out.

Trim the corners, turn right side out, and gently press the corners out with a turning tool.

Stuff with fiberfill or another pincushion filling. I’ve heard of other fillings like crushed walnut shells. That sounds interesting but fiberfil is what I had on hand and it works great.

Lastly, stitch up the opening by hand.

This same project would make the cutest bean bag game too using beans instead of fiberfill. That might just end up under our tree this year.

I think you’ll love this pincushion jar project too!

Happy sewing!

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9 Comments

  1. Jann Newton says:

    These pincushions are adorable! The fabric really makes them. I’m drawn to really cute pincushions, and I love these. Very nice tutorial too!

  2. I can’t wait to make some of these cuties! Thank you of the tutorial.

  3. Love owels. I need to make those pincushions! Sew cute!

  4. Dianne Rigdon says:

    Brainstorming this as a gift idea – even if a person is not an avid seamstress or crafter, it could be fun to turn this into a mini sewing kit, which anyone could use right? Include a couple needles, colorful pins, and a couple safety pins. Then add an elastic tab or pocket on the reverse to hold small scissors . I would also love these as pattern weights, maybe make them into circles instead of squares. Thanks for sharing. I have this fabric in my shopping cart at Beverly’s! Woot!

  5. I love these. They would be perfect for a larger and fancier version of the fabric weights you posted about a few years ago.

  6. So cute! I love the fabric but the link you sent took me to a page with no fabric available. I did, however, find the artist’s Etsy shop and I love her art! Thanks for the new find.

    1. That happens – collections of quilt shop fabrics are usually only available for 6-12 months. But our favorite designers often come out with more – yay!

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