I love to make pincushions so here are 4 free pincushion patterns for you to try. They don’t take long, you can indulge your creativity and they can be made from the tiniest little scraps of fabric left over from your other crafting projects. You can even splash out on a little luxe fabric if you want some extra pizzazz! Did I mention that they’re a complete doddle to make so they’re perfect for last-minute gifts.
Free Pincushion Patterns for ‘Make-it-Tonight’ Pincushions
Felt Heart Pincushion
This is my favourite of all my free pincushion patterns, What could be easier than a few scraps of felt cut into decreasing sized hearts, blanket stitched together and then stuffed? Easy. Quick. Pretty and very cheap! I’ve made heaps of these for school fayres and they always sell like hot cakes. People do like to buy hand stitched items.
- Teeny scraps of contrasting felt
- Small amounts of embroidery silk in contrasting colours
- Toy stuffing (or do what I do and chop up old tights! That’s a trick my granny taught me years ago, from the days when nothing went to waste).
- Thin cardstock or card from an empty cereal box
- Scrap of paper
- Draw a heart shape on the card with your sharpie. This will be your largest heart and your template
- Cut out the template and place it on the paper
- Draw around the template, pin to the felt and cut out the first fabric piece
- Repeat step 3 so you have 2 matching heart shapes
- Trim your template, until you have a smaller heart shape, then repeat step 3. You now have a smaller fabric heart
- Repeat step 5
- Pin your smallest heart to the middle-sized heart, then secure in place using decorative blanket stitch
- Pin these 2 hearts to the largest heart and secure in place as above
- Blanket stitch the 2 large hearts together, leaving a small gap. Leave the needle threaded!
- Stuff your heart to the thickness you want, then stitch the gap closed
Enjoy your pretty pincushion … or add a ribbon loop, add some lavender to the stuffing and hang up to show it off.
Patchwork Pin Cushion
This pin cushion took precisely 20 minutes to make from start to finish and cost me nothing. I used up fabric offcuts from a quilt I had made (I always save the scraps, as I never know when they will come in handy) I stuffed it with chopped up old nylons and the button was a spare that came with a jacket I have since repurposed! Best of all, I sold this pin cushion at a craft fair for £7.95 …
- Teeny scraps of 2 contrasting fabrics (I used denim from old jeans for the back of this one)
- Decorative Button
- Thin card stock or card from an empty cereal box
- Scrap of paper
- Draw a heart shape on the card with your sharpie
- Cut out the template and place it on the paper. Draw around the template
- Cut out the paper pattern, then cut the pattern into 4 quarters
- Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric, choosing the fabric arrangement you want
- Cut out the fabric, leaving a good margin for the seams
- Pin then stitch one contrasting ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ section, with right sides together, then repeat with the other side
- Stitch and neaten the centre seam, then iron the heart flat
- Stitch the front piece and back together, leaving a small gap for to turn the pincushion to the right side
- Fill with stuffing before hand sewing the opening closed
- Trim the pincushion with the button, pulling the stitching tight through the bottom of the pin cushion, to make it nice and plump!
If you’re making items to sell, my top tip is to mix up your fabrics and go rustic with burlap and lace, or contrasting bold prints. I’ve sold lots like this and I’ve used this pattern to make cute cushions too. Just scale it up!
Dainty Pin Cushion
This dainty little pin cushion lives in my craft box. I love the cheery yellow butterfly fabric and bright orange trim. It makes me smile on the dullest of days and it only took moments to make.
- 2 small rectangles of contrasting fabrics (I used really soft, faded denim from an old pair of jeans for the back of this one too. I love working old denim into my projects)
- Ribbon scraps
- Cut out your 2 fabric rectangles, both the same size
- Take the fabric rectangle you’ll use as the front of your pincushion and pin, then stitch the ribbon to the right side (the outside) of the fabric
- Add a fabric loop, then pin the two fabrci rectangles together (right sides together).
- Stitch around the pincushion, leaving a small opening
- Turn the pin cushion out to the right side
- Fill your lovely new pincushion with stuffing
- Handstitch the opening
If you’ve got a craft loving friend or someone who has just started crafting, these little pin cushions make perfect stocking fillers at Christmas!
Cool Pin Cushion
The last of my free pincushion patterns is for this cool little ppincushion. My BFF loved it so much, she just had to have it. We were selling handmade crafts at a school Fayre at the time, but she wasn’t taking no for an answer. I learned not to cross her when her mind it set on something many years ago, but that’s another story …
- 2 squares of contrasting fabrics (you will spot a theme – the denim backing on this one too)
- 1 square iron on interfacing (same size as the fabric squares)
- Ribbon scraps – I used a red grosgrain ribbon, a white satin ribbon with translucent centre and cheery red ricrac
- One covered button
- Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of the pincushion front
- Layer up and arrange the ribbon trims to your pattern of choice. Pin, then stitch into place
- Trim excess ribbon, then stitch the two pieces of the pin cushion together (right sides together). Remember to leave a gap for turning
- Stuff the turned out pincushion and sew the gap closed
Which of my free pincushion patterns did you like best? Are you inspired to make one? Do share your photos! I’d love to see them.