I’ve been wanting to make a new pincushion for a few years now. I know, a basic pincushion is about as simple as it gets, so what was the hold up? I wanted something different. Something I hadn’t already seen out there with pins sticking out of it. I starting thinking about what kinds of shapes would lend themselves to pin stickery, and I’m not sure how I got from there to here, but I’m happy with the results. Do you want to know how to make one?
2” square block of foam
6 pieces of wood print fabric cut 2 1/2” square
6 pieces of fusible fleece cut 2 1/4” square
4 pieces of stitch witchery or Wonder Under cut 2 1/2” square
4 pieces of felt 2 1/2” square
These letters and numbers (the font is Cooper Black)
I tried this first with regular stuffing and ended up with less of a block than a ball, so I switched to foam. Some foam is springier than others, so you might want to try a pin-stab test before you choose one.
Lightly trace a number onto the front of one fabric square. Iron a square of fleece onto the back. Stitch the number on with craft thread, using the embroidery stitch of your choice. I used a simple back stitch.
Trace the frame and reversed letters onto the paper side of the stitch witchery. This flat light table my husband gave me for Christmas is AMAZING. It’s not even a quarter of an inch thick.
Iron the letters onto the felt squares.
Cut out the letters and the inside of the frames. I found it was easier if I cut the inside of the frames first, then the inside of the letters (like the D), then the outside of the letters.
Peel off the paper and iron the frames and letters onto four of the remaining fabric squares.
Add some decorative stitches to the letters to hold them to the fabric.
Iron the fusible fleece onto all five remaining fabric pieces (the four with letters and one blank).
Pin the number and one of the letters with right sides together and the tops of the characters pointing the same direction. Stitch together with a 1/4” seam, beginning and stopping 1/4” from each end.
Do the same with the opposite letter, but with the bottom of the number and top of the letter pointing the same way. Be sure to continue leaving 1/4” open at both ends of each seam.
Add the two side letters with the tops of the letters closest to the number. Add the blank square to the bottom of one of the letters.
Stitching one seam at a time, pull the sides of two letters together, with right sides facing each other. Begin the seam where the two previous seams meet at the top (which should be 1/4” from the corner) and end it 1/4” from the bottom. Repeat for all four sides and the top.
Fold the edge of the open flap under 1/4” and press. Do the same with its matching side on the cube. This will make it easier at the end when you’ll be hand stitching that seam closed.
Stitch the two sides as you did all the others.
Carefully clip the corners to reduce bulk. Turn the cube right side out through the opening. Push out the corners with something pointy.
Compress the foam cube and push it into the opening. Use your fingers and/or your pointy tool to align the corners and straighten the sides.
Pull the two folded edges together and hand stitch closed.
Just add pins, and you’re finished.
I made one of these that has already found its place next to my sewing machine. The other one is part of the DIY Set I’m giving away on March 9th to one lucky reader. If you haven’t had a chance to enter, be sure to head over and do it before midnight on March 8th!