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Pretty Pincushion

Fabrics: Figures collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics

Bright fabrics and fun buttons elevate practical pincushions to pretty sewing supplies.


  • 2—5" squares (assorted print charm squares)
  • 2—1"-diameter buttons
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Chopstick or knitting needle
  • Dollmaker’s needle


Finished pincushion: 4-1/2" square



Assemble Pincushion

1. Layer the two print 5" squares with right sides together. Pin pieces together.


2. Beginning in the middle of one edge, sew together pieces with a 1/4" seam. Pivot at each corner. Leave a 1-1/2" opening for turning along one edge.


3. Turn right side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out corners; press.


4. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to gently push small tufts of fiberfill through the 1-1/2" opening.


5. Using a needle and thread to match fabric, hand-sew opening closed. See how to sew the opening closed in the video below.


6. Thread dollmaker's needle with double length of thread; knot end. Stitch through center of pincushion; bring thread up through a button and back down through remaining button. Repeat as needed, pulling thread to gather pincushion at center. Tie off ends of thread.