So . . . apparently Scrappy Pincushions are addictive. At least I can’t seem to get enough of them! If you share the same addiction, you’ll love the Five Little Scrappy Pincushions I found for you. They’re perfect to corral all your pins, awesome for gifts and totally fun to make. Follow me for the tour!
Our first Scrappy Pincushion was created for a pincushion swap. Isn’t that a delightful idea!?! You’ll need several coordinating fabrics, (scraps or fat quarters) a little bit of contrasting ribbon and a button or two. I love the way Tessa of The Sewing Chick blog combined a script print with dots, florals and a tape measure fabric in this sample!
You’re really going to enjoy laying out your fabrics and finding just the right spot for each one. It’s a great little “be your own designer” project! Click here for the Jewel Box Pincushion tutorial.
Next, a marvelous Scrappy Pincushion that’s unique and easy to make! Stacie from Yellow Spool used a wood hoop for her pincushion, but I’m really sold on colorful Susan Bates embroidery hoops, so my version will be hooped in one of those.
Stacie’s tutorial calls for a “small” hoop which is open to interpretation, so you can make your pincushion any size you’d like. You’ll be making a pattern based on the size of the hoop, so just choose the diameter that makes the most sense to you and make sure the fabric scrap you choose is about 4” wider than your hoop diameter. Click here for the Embroidery Hoop Pincushion tutorial Stacie wrote for the U Create Crafts blog
The most fabulous thing about the next Scrappy Pincushion is that it uses ten different fabrics! I really love the monochromatic samples that designer Kim Kruzich used on the tutorial she provided for the Scrap Stash Create blog. Such an entertaining way to play with fabric and a great chance to try out a piecing technique you may want to use later!
These pincushions are from Kim’s book Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing. If you’re hooked on saving little bits of fabric and always looking for scrap-friendly projects, definitely check it out. Click here for the Scrap Happy Pincushion tutorial.
Love, love, love this Sewing Tool Caddy Pincushion from the Flamingo Toes blog!! Isn’t it magnificent!?! What a super way to play with fabric and add a little more organization to your sewing space at the same time. Who couldn’t use that, right? Choose two to three fabrics, coordinate them with your sewing room or just go for what makes your heart happy.
You’ll be using a 3” x 3” block of painted and distressed wood for your tool caddy base and Bev gives you two options for attaching your pin cushion topper. Drill a hole through the block and attach string to the top button or, if you tend to be dangerous with a drill in your hand, pull out your trusty glue gun and glue your pincushion to the top. Click here for the Sewing Tool Caddy Pincushion tutorial.
While you’re waiting for Summer, you can make this delicious Strawberry Scrappy Pincushion from the Down Grapevine Lane blog! The red dots are adorable, but it’s going to be yummy in any fabric you choose. Dive into the scraps and pull out some faves. Just make sure they’ll look good with the green felt you’ll want to buy for leaves. I love the little flowers Sedef added to the top of these berry beauties. They make the pin cushions look like they’re fresh picked!
Your strawberry will be formed with just one machine stitched seam. There’s a little hand stitching on the finishing and a bit of fussy cut felt, but all in all I think these will “grow” pretty quickly. Click here for the Strawberry Pincushion tutorial.
Non-fattening, budget-friendly and pieceful in every way – Scrappy Pincushions are the perfect addiction! A few scraps or fat quarters, a little time and just a bit of fiber-fil will add up to loads of blissful, scrappy, happy pin cushioning!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.