Introduction: Beginner Sewing Projects: Wrist Pincushion

About: A crafty college student that sometimes tries to sew!

This project is very easy, useful to have around, and makes great gifts for the avid sewers of your friends and family. I made mine using scrap fabric and a couple of buttons. It makes a great first project if you're learning how to use your sewing machine, or if you're more advanced a nice side project that has a great result. :)

Step 1: Gathering Materials

For this DIY you will need:

  • Some scrap fabric (it doesn't have to be that big- just enough to cut 2 pentagons with 3 inch sides)
  • For the strap: another piece of fabric about 8 inches long, it should wrap around your wrist and overlap a bit.
  • A needle and some embroidery thread
  • one or two buttons
  • a ruler and a marker
  • (optional) a sewing machine
  • Stuffing materials- I used more scrap fabric but polyester stuffing would also be fine

Once you have all your supplies ready, we'll get started!

Step 2: Cutting the Fabric

First, you'll want to lay out the fabric of your choice and draw two identical pentagons on it: mine's sides were all three inches long. Make sure your strap is cut a little wider and longer than you want, because we'll be hemming the edges of that.

Step 3: Sewing and Stuffing

First, you'll need to put your two pentagon's right sides together, so both the wrong sides of the fabrics will be facing outwards. you'll then want to sew these two pieces together, leaving about a 1" gap for stuffing it. Then turn the fabric inside out and stuff it with the material of your choice, mine being scrap fabric. Then sew the hole closed. For the strap, hem the edges and then cut your buttonholes and sew on your buttons on the other side (and be careful and don't cut your finger open on your scissors like I did while doing this).

Step 4: Putting Two and Two Together

Now it's time to join these two pieces together: First put your stuffed pincushion on top of your strap in the center and push your needle up through the bottom of the strap through the center of your pincushion. Then loop your thread around the center of one of the sides and back through the bottom of the pincushion, and repeat this step for the other four sides. Once you've done that, just put in a few more stitches from the center of your pincushion through the strap to reenforce it.

And you're done! Congratulations on making your wrist pincushion, I think you'll find that it makes sewing a little easier and more convenient :) Enjoy and of course if you made yourself a wrist pincushion, please put a picture in the comments! I would really love to see it! Keep up the good work and I'll see you next time :)

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