The Best Pincushion Patterns: One Is Not Enough!

How many pincushions do you have? If you are like me, you have several sewing projects in the works that most likely involve fabrics of varying types and weights. Oftentimes, each requires a different type of pin to do the job right.

Patterned Elephant Pincushion with Pins
 Elephant Pincushion via Craftsy member DatPixieGirl

I know when I am sewing with knits, I prefer to use ballpoint pins. For sewing bulky fabrics, like fleece or thick woolens, I pull my long quilting pins. And for lightweight sheers or delicate silks, I know I can rely on my best ultra-fine glass headed pins. Of course, my favorite general purpose pins are my glass headed, extra fine ones — not too long, not too fine and super duper sharp! They tend to glide through most fabrics with ease and can stand the heat of an iron.

As you can imagine, that’s a lot of pins. It’s easy to see why just one pincushion is not nearly enough. Having several filled with each variety of pins at the ready makes shifting from one project to another a breeze. I even keep a wrist pincushion on hand for when I’m fitting myself or a client. I keep all of my pincushions stored in a rolling supplies cart that sits right next to my sewing table.

I just love pincushions. They say so much about who we are. Not only are they a great way to express our creativity and individuality, they are fun and easy to make. And they can be fashioned into just about anything!

There are so many fun pincushion patterns available on Craftsy. Here are just a few of our favorites:

White Heart-Shaped Pin Cushions with Colorful Embroidery

Photo via Craftsy member Kim Jamieson-Hi

1. Flourishing Heart

The FREE Flourishing Heart Pincushion pattern by Kim Jamieson-Hi is a perfect way to practice your hand embroidery. So sweet!

Felt Pincushions with Leaf Designs

Photo via Craftsy member Two Lucky Cats

2. Making a Berry

Colorful felt and beading transform this simple-to-make pincushion from a sewing staple into something truly special. Make this as a gift for a fellow sewist or as an indulgence for yourself!

Pincushions Featuring Folk Art Inspired Designs

Photo via Craftsy member Indygo Junction

3. Folk Art Pincushions

Download the Folk Art Pincushions pattern by Indygo Junction and add artsy flair to your sewing room. These petite pincushions, which feature traditional folk motifs, are oh-so-charming.

Satin Pincushion with Red Rose

Photo via Craftsy member Zoeshipcat

4. Puffed Rose Pincushion

Perfect for the dressmaker or a dressing table, this stunning Puffed Rose Pincushion pattern by Zoeshipcat makes the perfect handmade gift for any occasion.

Forest-Themed Pin Cushions

Photo via Craftsy member Betz White

5. Woodland Sewing Set

This felt sewing set is too cute for words! Betz White, instructor of the Craftsy class Project Upcycle: Thrifty Sewing Project, shares this whimsical project that not only includes directions on how to make a tree-stump pincushion but also patterns for an adorable owl scissor case and toadstool to store your retractable tape measure.

Pretty Pincushions Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member fiberbug1

6. Pretty Pincushions

Choose from four adorable designs to make this pincushion, which can be made using wool felt, felted wool or your scrap fabric. Choose whatever material you have on hand and you won’t even need to make a trip to the fabric store!

Citrus Pincushion Sewing Template

Photo via Craftsy member Snugglebug University

7. Citrus Pincushion

These fruity pincushions are half the size of your usual pincushion, which means it’s great for travel. Scrap fabric and felt are all you need to whip up one of these!

Wire Mannequin Stitchery Pincushion Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member LydiasTreasures

8. Wire Mannequin Stitchery Pincushion

Practice your embroidery backstitch when you create this beautiful pincushion. You may even be tempted to create a second one that’s framed in a hoop for display in your sewing space!

Cactus Pincushion FREE Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member MadeByMarzipan

9. Cactus Pincushion

Sew this pincushion by hand or with a machine. The mini clay pot is totally optional, but it’s a great way to display your pincushion so that you never lose it. There’s a free video tutorial included, too, in case you need extra guidance.

Hamburger Pincushion Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Berry Birdy

10. Hamburger Pincushion

Don’t worry; this hamburger won’t fall apart! The hamburger toppings are all connected by the pickle buttons on the sides. The hamburger is 3 inches tall, so it’s perfect for longer pins.

Cathedral Window FREE Pincushion Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member Gogokim

11. Cathedral Window Pincushion

Want to practice cathedral windows without committing to a large project like a quilt? This pincushion is a great starter project for dipping your toes in the water. The tiny pieces of fabric make them great for even your tiniest scraps.

Wrist Pincushion Sewing Pattern

Photo via Craftsy member J Howell

12. Wrist Pincushion

If you’re constantly misplacing your pincushion, this wrist pincushion is a great option. The pincushion is made of wool and felt scraps, and there are a few different designs you can choose from including the flower pictured above.

Little Owl Pincushion Template FREE

Photo via Craftsy member OzSkippy

13. Little Owl Pincushion Template

How cute would these owls look lined up on the shelf in your sewing space? Don’t worry about matching the button eyes. If you have two mismatched buttons in your stash, those might look just as adorable on the tiny owls.

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8 Responses to “The Best Pincushion Patterns: One Is Not Enough!”
  1. Joan Goldhawk
    Joan Goldhawk

    Looking for the patterns for the little owl pincushion and the cathedral window pillow but no where that I can find? Can you assist please.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Joan,

      Thank you for contacting us. The free patterns are still getting added to the site. I apologize for the wait.

      Thank you!

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Amy,

      Patterns are still getting added on to the site. I apologize for the wait.

      Thank you.