I can’t tell you how many times I have been sewing and I need to either quickly remove or access my straight pins. If they are in a container it’s hard to grab just one, and if I dare to lay them on the table you can bet that somehow they magically find themselves on the floor. Well, those days can be in your past with this simple How To Make a Cactus Pin Cushion sewing tutorial!
A pin cushion is an essential accessory all sewists should have. That doesn’t mean it has to be boring, though. This pincushion is not only super functional; it is also very cute and requires only a few materials! It will take less than half an hour to complete! This cute little cactus will keep your straight pins safe and accessible for all your future sewing projects! Another great thing about this pincushion is that you can make it as big or small as you need. It is completely customizable you can make them different colors or even patterned if you like.
What You’ll Need to Make a Pin Cushion:
- Green fabric
- Cotton or Polyester filling
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Sewing Pins
- Sewing machine
If you are like me and craft often you will have all these things on hand and readily available. The only thing you may need to buy is if you want a specific color or pattern for the fabric you use on the pin cushion.
How To Make a Cactus Pin Cushion
The nice thing about this project is that it is super quick. To get started, you won’t have to worry about washing and drying your fabric beforehand. Also, there is no need to iron unless your fabric is especially wrinkled! This project will be contained in the cute little pot, so you’re more concerned with function over form on this one.
Start off by measuring and cutting your fabric. For this demonstration, we will cut a square of the material so that the mouth of the flowerpot can fit 4 times (in 2×2 format). You can adjust what size you cut to make your cactus pin cushion as big or as small as you like.
In order to measure your fabric, place your pot in the top right corner.
Now, fold that strip of fabric over the width of your pot and measure pot again.
Once you have that, you can cut your measured fabric using fabric scissors. You can use any scissors you have, but I have found over time that fabric scissors keep their cutting edge better and last longer than normal ones.
Next in how to make a cactus pin cushion, fold your fabric piece twice in half, so that you get a square.
To make it round, trim the corners where the material opens. It doesn’t have to be perfectly round. Just having the general shape here is fine. Don’t spend a ton of time.
Start to sew the resulting circle shape along the edge with a basic stitch.
When finished, carefully begin to pull together the material until you get a nice little pouch. You’ll be stuffing this in the next step, so keep that in mind here.
Stuff the pouch you just made with the filler. I used a poly fill blend, but you can use cotton fill or whatever fill you already have on hand. We don’t recommend using anything besides an actual fill, so the pins stay secure and the pin cushion holds uniformly. You are about half way finished with your Cactus Pincushion Tutorial!
To close up your pin cushion, pull the material together completely by pulling gently on the thread. You may have to kind of work the filling material some to get it to fully close.
Once you’ve got it all cinched up, stitch the cushion closed and tie it. BUT do not cut the thread yet!
The next step in how to make a cactus pin cushion is to turn the cushion ball over and insert the needle into the center and pull it through.
Repeat this process, dividing the circle into 6 sections. Here again, it doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as you get 6 generally similar sections, it will be fine.
Now you can end the thread. Just do a final tie and cut it off.
To make the pot cute, you can stick a little ribbon around the pot and glue in place. You can also draw cute shapes on the pot if you like. If you make some as gifts, you can write the person’s name you are giving it to on there as well.
Time to put them together. Glue the cactus into the pot. Try to keep the majority of the pin cushion visible so that it is as cute as it is useful.
You’re done! Now that you have a finished Cactus Pin Cushion, you can fill it with your favorite straight pins and use it for your next sewing project to have your pins ready for use! This adorable DIY makes a great gift for beginners learning to sew. I gave some to my kids to help them be more organized and safe while sewing. You can make these so quick and easy, it really is a great one to crank out a bunch with. We hope you enjoyed this sewing tutorial and that it helps you on your own sewing journey.
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- Cut a square of the material so that the mouth of the flowerpot can fit 4 times (in 2x2 format)
- Fold it twice in half so that you get a square.
- Trim the corners where the material opens.
- Start to sew the resulting circle shape along the edge with a basic stitch.
- When finished, carefully begin to pull together the material.
- Fill it with the filler and pull the material together completely
- Tie it but not cut the thread yet.
- Turn the ball over and insert the needle into the center and pull it through.
- Repeat this process by dividing the circle into 6 sections, then end the thread.
- Stick a little ribbon around the pot.
- Glue the cactus into the pot.
- Enjoy your Cactus Pin Cushion
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