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DIY Quilted Pin Cushion

By: Carolina Moore for favequilts.com
DIY Quilted Pin Cushion
DIY Quilted Pin Cushion
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This adorable DIY Quilted Pin Cushion is everything any avid sewer needs and more. Whether you are learning how to sew, or you are making a dress, this tutorial can benefit and be a fun project for you. You can choose whatever fabrics and patterns you would like to make this DIY pin cushion, and then it becomes a useful tool for you to keep using while sewing. This is also a great DIY projects if you are learning how to quilt and would like to start off with a smaller project. Plus, this craft video makes crafting this project super fun and easy to understand! 

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueQuilting


Materials List

  • 7 strips of fabric 
  • Fusable fleece
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Polyfill
  • Spoon/ funnel
  • Crushed walnut shells

How to Make a Pin Cushion

Instructions for a DIY Quitled Pin Cushion

  1. Pick one fabric for your background and set that piece aside. 

  2. From your remaining strips, cut 1.5" pieces.

  3. Once all your pieces are cut out, you can sew them together using a quarter inch seam in whatever order you would like. 

  4. Once you have two sewn together, add your third face down, and continue sewing until you've sewn them all together. 

  5. Next, cut a 2.5" X 5.5" piece of your fusable fleece.

  6. Using an iron, press all your seams by sliding your iron over the seems facing up, flip your fabric and go over the seams again.

  7. Place the fusable (not the smooth) side of your fusable fleece on the back of your sewn pieces and press in place. 

  8. Use whatever design you like to quilt your pin cushion.

  9. Cut your back the same size as your front and place it face down on your other piece. 

  10. Sew the pieces together. When you reach a corner put your needle down, presser foot up, rotate 90 degrees, and continue to stitch.

  11. Clip about 2-3 threads from the corner.

  12. Turn your pin cushion right side out and use a spoon to push out your corners. 

  13. Fill your pin cushion with you crushed walnut shells. Grab a little bit of polyfill and cover the whole to keep the shells inside. Then, stitch your pin cushion shut! 

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This is such a cute project that is great for using up all of my scrap pieces! I love this!


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