Why ever didnt you get one before, or make one even, really i should have done this years ago, as i dropped my pin-pot so regularly! Too regulalry for a mum with young children... oops.
to save bad language and prickled feets, buy this one today, made by the amazing raggyrat lady, catherine l owen.
Fabric can often come in squares or near square-shape and i have found a way to make a pincushion from 1 piece of fabric, the aforementioned square.
If yours isnt square, just cut it so it is before you begin. Or pop along here and buy this actual famous pincushion and get rid of your plastic pot ASAP http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6145239.
ah, ok - it sold - http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=5593684
Step 1: Get a Square of Fabric ...
You can see my edges are a little uneven, but i used a generous seam allowance to prevent fraying fabric, this just means i sewed 'well away' from the edge of the cloth.
Step 2: Fold and Pin Your Fabric
This fabric was the same on both sides, but if yours has a right side, and a wrong side, then the right sides go together when you fold.
Step 3: Sew the Short Sides
On the other side, sew 2 thirds on the edge together, leaving the middle third unsewn. you can just about see the peach coloured thread with the gap on the left hand side.
This gap will be the opening through which you turn the pin cushion right-sides out, later.
Step 4: Open Up the Pocket You Have Made ...
The work is resting between a fabric covered box i made to hold my sewing tools, and that pin-pot which is soon to be empty! i can tell you how to make the box another time if you are interested, i used recycled card from inside posh bars of chocolate.
Step 5: Pin the Edges Together
Step 6: Making a Box Shape
Basically, each corner has been pinned and you can come in as far as you like, making a shallower or deeper box. Experiment with moving the pin in each corner. I used the pins here for their height as well, helping me get them the same on each corner.
Now sew across the corners where the pins are, one by one.
Step 7: Snipping the Corners Off
Now you are ready to turn the whole thing right side out thru that wee hole we left on purpose, earlier.
Step 8: Outsides in ...
Step 9: Stuffing ...
Perhaps im wrong - stuffing items might be the best bit as it is also very exciting seeing things take on shape.
Stuff your cushion very firmly as this helps to grip the pins so they wont fall out, like in that ancient plastic pot.
Step 10: Closing ...
I have knotted my thread to sew double strands for strength.
Make a few short stiches in one place to finnish off. You could stop here if you like and admire your finnished cushion. Then stab it with lots of pins.
Step 11: Adding Buttons
It might be worth a try as it makes the pin cushion look groovy and also makes it firmer for pin gripping. I got these buttons from an old cardigan. It was a bit hard tophotograph the actually sewing of the buttons but i promise i didnt swear when i couldnt match up the buttons holes...