Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tutorials: How to Make Pin Cushions

Of all the tools and materials shared by both bead rooms and sewing rooms, none are more charming than the humble pincushion. Though they’re small (usually), and serve only one purpose - to keep our needles and pins safe and secure - even the tiniest of pincushions can transform a workspace. There are so many different styles and designs, from the classic tomato to stuffed chickens, that a pincushion can be just as important to our inspiration and beading zen as the beads themselves.

Although I love my Don’t Poke Me pincushion by Gloomstopper, I do love to see what other fun designs are out there. One of my favorite pincushion artists is Jen Segrest, who makes everything from lifelike flowers to spooky eyeballs for you to stick your pins in. Just like posting your favorite clippings on the wall, or having a pot of flowers nearby, I think having a pincushion that you love can really make a difference when you sit down at your workspace.

Here are a few fantastic tutorials for making and customizing your own perfect pincushions!

Pin Cushion Jars Tutorial by Make It and Love It

I love this project - you can fill the jars with absolutely anything.
It would look fabulous filled
with broom beads or vintage buttons.

Floral Donut Pincushion Tutorial by Truly Myrtle

This one is very decorative,
and would be perfect for a permanent setting,
like a work bench or desk.

Mini Decorative Pincushion Tutorial by Jen Segrest on CraftStylish

Everything is better in miniature form!
These teeny tiny pincushions start with a repurposed soda bottle cap,
and then the sky’s the limit.

Ring Pincushion Tutorial by My Little Nook

Pretty and practical, this project
combines jewelry and tools for
one handy pincushion.

Turtle Combo Pincushion by Craft Passion

This project includes both a tiny turtle pincushion,
and a turtle sewing caddy for scissors and such.

Cathedral Window Pincushion Tutorial by Moda Bakeshop

This project is a little more sewing-heavy,
but the results are beautiful.

Felt Cupcake Pincushion Tutorial by The Starter Home

This project is so clever - the sewing pins
become part of the decoration in these tasty pincushions.
A few 8/o beads on stick pins could do the same!

Sweetheart Pin Cushion Tutorial by Happy Together

This project uses scrap fabrics and a simple pattern,
so you can make one that suits you and your workspace perfectly.

What kind of pincushion do you like to use?

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  1. I LOVE the turtle pin cushion! And hopefully, so will a particularly hard to shop for friend this Christmas! Thanks for posting!!!

  2. Am so sued to the boring tomato pincushions. This is an eye opener for me! So many wonderful designs. The Cathedral Window pincushion is awesome. Thanks for sharing, Morti!


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