I love Pin Cushions almost as much as I love paper piecing. I’ve made quite a few of them in my time. They are fun gifts for your friends who enjoy quilting or sewing, plus it’s great to have a few different ones in the sewing room. I have one for my sewing desk, one for the ironing board and a small one for my travel bag so I can sew on the go!
If you are new to sewing or just looking for a cute way to use an orphan quilt block then you might enjoy reading how to make this super simple (but oh so cute) pin cushion!
You will need:
- A quilt block between 6” and 9” square. I used my Scrappy Umbrella Pattern, but your could use any Orphan Quilt Block, or even a scrap of fabric.
- A square scrap of fabric which is 1” larger than your quilt block on all sides.
- Pins, Thread, Needle, Sewing Machine and Scissors (or your Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat).
- Stuffing/Soft Fill or scraps of quilt batting
Use your Iron to press your quilt block and fabric. If you need tips for pressing, click here to check out my tips for pressing quilt blocks.
Place the scrap of plain fabric right side up on a flat surface.
Next place your quilt block right side down on the top of your scrap fabric.
Pin the quilt block and back fabric together securely and trim the excess fabric away:
Next you need to use a pencil to mark a 3” gap on one side of the pin cushion:
Using a 1/4” seam, sew around the edge of the square, make sure to leave a 3” gap on one side as shown by the dotted lines in the picture below:
Turn the fabrics right side out by pushing the fabric through the 3” gap. Use a Chop Stick or Quilt Turning Tool to push the corners out:
Next use your stuffing or quilt batting scraps to fill the inside of the cushion until it is medium-firm to touch. I like to use small scraps of batting for my pin cushions to reduce waste:
Turn the seam allowance into the gap and Sew the gap closed with a simple ladder stitch:
Now your cute new pin cushion is ready to use! I hope you found this tutorial easy to follow and enjoy your next patchwork project with a new Pin Cushion to brighten up your sewing room or to gift to a sewing or quilting friend!