Introduction: How to Make a Porcupine Pin Cushion

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It's no secret I'm a fan of pin cushions.. So lately I've been making quite a few. They resemble cute and (not so) cuddly porcupines and hedgehogs! The one I made today is a cute little porcupine. Here's a tutorial so you can do it too:

Step 1: What You Need:

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First, you'll need two different colors of felt, matching thread, scissors, a needle, a little poly-fil, the pattern I've provided and some pins of course.

Step 2: Cutting the Pattern / Felt

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You'll need to cut out four ear pieces, two head pieces, two body pieces and one belly piece. I chose to make the body pieces a different color than the rest of the pieces, but that's a choice you can make yourself.

Step 3: Make the Ears

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First, take two of the ear pieces, place them together and sew (using a tiny, tiny blanket stitch) around the edges, leaving the bottom open. Turn inside out.

Step 4: Make the Ears, Cont.

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Squeeze the sides together and sew back and forth a few times so it resembles a little porcupine ear.

Step 5: Connecting the Body

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Place the right sides of the body and the head, sandwiching the ear in between and sew, using (again) a tiny, tiny blanket stitch.

You should have two porcupine sides, mirror image of each other.

Step 6: Connecting the Body, Cont.

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Place right sides together and sew using, once again, an incredibly tiny blanket stitch. Leave the bottom open.

Step 7: Connecting the Belly

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Grab the bottom/belly piece and sew it to the sides of the porcupine. Make sure you leave a little of the back open.

Step 8: Stuffing the Porcupine

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Turn inside out. Stuff with a little polyfil until you reach the desired stuff-ness. (Is that a word?)
Then sew closed using a ladder stitch.

Step 9: Put a Pin in It!

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Cute! Now, it will resemble a mouse until you start putting the pins in it. Then it should look like a porcupine.

Place a couple of pins in the head for eyes.


wyvernisgod (author)2015-06-24

This is absolutely adorable!

megan.m.hodges made it! (author)2015-01-31

I've called mine "Stanley" and he's a mouse, not a hedgehog. I added a tail (I wanted to have a go at making a tail that could be bent and shaped) - out of a bundle of of #30 wire and wool roving, covered in variegated green wool in buttonhole stitch and then felted, because the buttonhole stitches tend to slip to expose the wire and wool underneath otherwise.
I also added eyes and a nose that were on wires, stitching the wires back into the skull felt to add some additional shape - that's why he's got some uplift on his nose.

I just added some ribbon front feet, so I can pin him to the side of the couch where I embroider.
Thanks so much for the pattern - I love my Stanley!

luzma (author)2013-09-17

I love it! Here's mine, I just finished it :)

elewis03 (author)luzma2013-09-18

Very cute! I love the colors!

XofHope (author)2013-08-08

So cute and useful!

MrsCza (author)2013-07-31

Totally adorable - but I think its a hedgehog!
I'm going to make a whole bunch for Christmas gifts.

marcolinux (author)2013-07-28

Hello beautiful ladies! A magnet glued inside the belly might be useful. Or not. Nice work!

BetsyFartBlossom (author)2013-07-27

O.k., this is way cute. I was curious as to how the ears were attached, and now I know! These are so sweet and would be great at a craft show! Or, make them a little larger and put catnip in them along with the stuffing and let the cat have a toy:) Thanks for the pattern and instructions.

ArticAkita (author)2013-07-25

how cute! I'd love to make one & now I know how, cute tutiorial & very decriptive instructions!

dillydil (author)2013-07-25

Very charming!

tabi (author)2013-07-25

my grandmother used to fill hers (and now ours) with hair, that way the pins do not get rusty.... keep hair from your next visit to the hairdresser...

wizgirl (author)2013-07-21

Thank you! I needed a respectable pincushion. My boyfriend thought my old one was a wadded up sock. LOL.

elewis03 (author)wizgirl2013-07-21

Awesome! :)

Skye2171 (author)2013-07-21

Btw that's a hedgehog

elewis03 (author)Skye21712013-07-21

Thanks for your concern, but it's whatever I want it to be. If you make one, you can call it a hedgehog.

mkitty (author)2013-07-20

Super cute idea I luv it!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job!!! ;)

Antje (author)2013-07-20

So clever!

ChrysN (author)2013-07-20

That is so adorable, great idea for a pincushion!

amonj02 (author)2013-07-20

This is just soo creatively cute!!!!! Nice job!

emilyvanleemput (author)2013-07-20

This is CUTE !!!!!!

sarbear321 (author)2013-07-20

That's so cute and its useful!

aqua 12 (author)2013-07-20

Lol awesome!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-07-20

He's adorable! And you got just the right amount of stuff-ness!

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