Picture of Poke-Me Pincushion with wristband
I know there are a million different pincushions out there and that stray pins can easily be poked into almost any nearby object, but I also know that pins can walk and after finding them in all sorts of odd locations, and forgetting one or two that I'd laced through my pants (ouch!). I came up with this. My all-time-favourite style of pincushion. It's felt, it's sturdy, it's cute, and best of all --- it has a wristband (also useful for hanging it onto your sewing machine)!

This is my entry for the Sew Useful contest and is available for sale in my etsy shop. Go see it here:
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Step 1: Get you supplies together

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two: 3" x 2.5" pieces of felt
one: length of 1" wide elastic (usually sold for use in waistbands) the diameter of you wrist plus an inch.
one: piece of knit fabric to cover the elastic (a piece from an old t-shirt would be perfect).*
embroidery floss
one: reference drawing
one: 2" square piece of scrap cardboard or plastic
blunt end embroidery needle
sewing machine or needle and thread
pinking sheers *
washable marker


Step 2: Transferring image

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1: Find your reference image and transfer it onto the top felt square. To do this I use a washable crayola marker and draw my design onto the square. The markers are cheap, reliable, easy to find, and most importantly wash up in a second.

2: If your floss is 6 stranded cut a comfortable length to work with and split the stands. What you want to end up with is a 3 strand piece of floss in a workable length.

3: Thread your embroidery needle and tie a knot in the end of the floss.
Nice one!
I made a different one but you gave me the idea. Thanks a lot!
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scoochmaroo6 years ago
So cute! But now I'm tempted to do a photo transfer of someone on it. Someone I'd enjoy sticking with pins. . . No one comes to mind just yet, but I'll keep my mind on it.
kara121076 years ago
I made it. I'm very new to this kind of stuff but I loved it, it was easy and it's wonky but I have one now! Thanks for sharing.
Dalya6 years ago
I loveee it! It's so cute! I have a green Octopus plush. He is so cute, but he is now my pincushion. He looks like some voodoo experiment :D I need to make a huge cushion to hold all of my 275 pins. Thank you!!!
Might I suggest something thicker on the bottom, so that a pin doesn't accidentally go all the way through, actually "poke me"?
I noticed, in step 5, that there is, in fact, a piece of thin cardboard inside at the bottom, so that should help. I'd probably make mine a bit poofier, though, for those long quilting pins.
ah, I missed that.
QueenMum (author) 7 years ago
that's what the plastic or carboard piece is for