My Favourite Sewing Things: Pincushions

There are two sewing related items I love a lot: felt and pincushions. Last year I had shared a post about my love for felt, (you can read it HERE), this time I’m sharing my love for pincushions!

This post is one of the many stops on Sewing by Ti’s ‘My Favourite Things Tour’. The theme was broad and we were to share a favourite sewing related item (a pattern, a tool, etc).

I ♥ ♥ ♥ pincushions. I love to look at them, to use them and to make them.

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When I’m sewing I usually have two pincushions in use. I keep one at the table or ironing board where I’m pinning pieces together, and the second one next to the sewing machine. Then as I remove pins while sewing, I stick them in the one next to the machine, and when the one at the pinning table is empty I swap them. I also have a third one that gets used during the process at some point that normally has the hand sewing needles stuck in it.

I have a classic tomato with strawberry one that I had received as a gift a few years back, the rest I made.

The favourite one I’ve made is this one:

I followed this PDF pattern from Ola Jane Patterns*. At the time I had purchased it for $1, but it seems they’re selling it for $2.95 US now. If you’ve ever made a cathedral window quilt block then it’s the same thing but turned into a quilt block. (I’ve never made them but I’ve seen them in many quilts!) I remember the instructions being very good and easy to understand so it’s definitely still worth it even with the price increase! I should make another one, I love mine so much!

The other ones that I’ve made I tend to sell at craft fairs and in my Etsy shop. They don’t take as much time to make and they’re great for using up scraps and showcasing your favourite fabrics and buttons.

pincushion by Lulu & Celeste

I’ve just sold the last one that was listed but I’m trying to figure out the best price point for selling them online before restocking as shipping is more expensive than I sell them for at craft fairs.

A few more examples:

So now you’ve seen mine, I’m going to share with a few of the cutest ready-made pincushions and patterns/tutorials I’ve come across.

Ready-Made Pincushions:

I’ve got a bit of a woodland theme going on here..

Felt pincushions for sale on Etsy

Clockwise from top left: Snail by Issafelt*, Tulip pincushion by LoveSewnCrafts*, Hedgehogs by FabricandInk*, Tree Stump by hitree*, Mushrooms by FoxtailCreekStudios*

Pincushion Tutorials:

There are SO many free pincushion tutorials out there. Here are a few felt related ones.

Felt Tree Stump from i ManuFatti on the Bugs and Fishes blog:

Doughnut Pincushion from Wrapped up in Rainbows:

Doughnut pincushion from Wrapped Up in Rainbows


Valentine Pincushion from My Childhood Treasures:

Spring Violets from Heather Bailey:

Felt berry from Crafts Beautiful:

Berry pincushion from Crafts Beautiful

Flamingo Pincushion by Molly and Mama:

Flamingo pincushion by Molly and Mama


Check out the other stops on the My Favourite Things tour below:

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro, Tenille’s Thread
2nd: Stitching At Night
3rd: Sewing By Ti
4th: Needles To Say
5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin
7th: Anne-Mari Sews
8th: Sewing With Sarah
9th: Thats Sew Lily
10th: Stitching at Night
11th: EYMM
12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste
14th: Seams Sew Lo
15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom
16th: Stitching and Making
17th: Creative Counselor
18th: Ma Moose
19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday
21st: She Who Sews
22nd: Idle Sunshine
23rd: My Heart Will Sew On
24th: Lovely For Life
25th: Margarita On the Ross
26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli
28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Me Made
31st: Living in Twinado Alley

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