I had to stop all my projects to make a pin cushion. The pin cushion I was using was lopsided and hard so every time I pulled a pin out while I was sewing, I had to stop to wrestle with the pin cushion. It was seriously messing with my flow. Now, you would think I would have a dozen pin cushions lying around but, strangely, I dont. My boyfriend had bought me this one because it was pink so I threw the old red tomato out. Plus, I wanted it pink. Below is a photo of the lopsided one.
I originally wanted to make a pin cushion on a short mason jar but I couldn’t find one so I picked up a small tin with candle melts in it made by Pioneer Woman at Walmart. I have to confess that I usually am not a fan of Puoneer Woman’s designs. My boyfriend calls them “butt ugly” but I liked this tin. The candles inside, however, are nostril hair burners. Those will be given away.
Inside, I found this round corrugated paper which was the perfect size to sit on top of the can. I used it to trace it onto cardboard and then cut the cardboard out.
Tin and round template
Next, I used a salad plate to trace an 8″ (ish) circle onto flannel. I didn’t have pink felt.
I cut it out and set my sewing machine to its longest stitch length then sewed all the way around. I did not lock the first or last stitch and left the strings long.
I then pulled one of the strings and gathered it all the way around
I used batting and stuffed it.
I added a small wad of steel wool. I heard that it keeps the needles sharp.
Then I added more batting until it was overstuffed and tied the loose threads together. I snipped off the thread.
I glued the cardboard on the bottom with a glue gun. I cursed a little when I burned my finger.
I found a green button and sewed it onto the cushion. I poked it right up through the cardboard. Of course, I poked myself a few times before I grabbed a thimble. I sewed as tight as I could without breaking the thread.
Finally, I hit glued it to the lid of the tin and poked my pins into it.
Now, I can go complete my other projects without struggling with a lopsided mater.
I can store more pins inside the tin.