25+ free pincushion patterns to sew including simple pincushion patterns and fun tutorials.
After sewing up 4 free pincushion sewing patterns earlier this month, I ended up with a huge list of other pincushion tutorials that I just loved! Instead of trying to sew them all, I figured I’d put them in one list post to share instead. Pincushions are such a fun gift to sew, they use up scraps really well, and are usually quick and easy. Between patchwork, english paper piecing, foundation paper piecing, embroidery, and felt accents, I think everyone will be able to find a tutorial that they just love!
What do you fill your pincushions with? I usually use a mix of Poly-Fill and tiny fabric scraps shredded up (one of my tips for using up knit fabric scraps), but I know lots of people love filling them with crushed walnut shells. I’d never thought about filling them with emery fillings to sharpen pins, but now I know thanks to one of the tutorials below!
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Please pin the 25+ free pincushion patterns collage image below or use this link – click through directly to the pages below if you want to pin individual pictures! Holler out in the comments if I’ve missed one of your favorite tutorials so I can add it.
25+ free pincushion patterns
Keep your sewing room organized with this DIY sewing needle storage pincushion tutorial here on my site!
Felt flamingo pincushion from Molly and Mama
Pin sharpening cushion from Vicky Myers Creations
Kite Pincushion from Crafty Tammie – blog has been taken down but leaving up the visual for inspiration!
String block pincushion sewn by me, in this post, tutorial from V & Co.
Pennant pincushion from Fabric Mutt
Mouse pin cushion by Kate Haxell from her book Sew-Licious, shared with The Sewing Directory
EPP turtle pincushion from While She Naps
Patchwork wheel pincushion sewn by me, in this post, tutorial from Retro Mama on Sew and So
Strawberry pincushion from Crafty Staci
Boxed pincushion with a paper pieced panel (designed by LillyElla, free) at Arabesque Scissors.
Princess and the Pea pincushions from Clover & Violet
Long pincushion sewn by me, in this post, free pattern from Green Bee Patterns (not longer available :()
Wrist pin cushion from Easy Sewing for Beginners
Embroidered pincushion sewn by me, in this post, free pattern from The Sewing Loft
Clever needle organizer pincushion from Call Ajaire
Embroidered snowflake pincushion here at Swoodson Says
Simple pom pom pincushions from Sew Can She
EPP Hexie Pincushion here at Swoodson Says
Pretty patchwork pincushion from Tildas World
Felt hexie pincushion from Modern Handcraft
Cube pocket pincushion from May Chappell
Mini granny square pincushion from Auntie Em’s Crafts
Mason jar pincushion from Flamingo Toes
Paper pieced color wheel pincushion from We All Sew
Armchair pincushion from Patchwork Posse
Pretty little pincushion tutorial from Molly and Mama
Scrappy hexie pin cushion from Ellis and Higgs
Very minimal sewing required, but this is a fun upcycled planter pincushion project here on my blog!
Last but not least, I thought I’d share my DIY pin dish if you want something a little different from a pincushion!
- An adorable, scrappy thread spool pincushion sewing tutorial from The Family Hearth.
- The cutest little bee hive pincushion tutorial from American Felt and Craft.
- An upcycle and easy fabric craft in one, with a berry basket pincushion tutorial from A Pumpkin & a Princess.
- Mouse pincushion from Prima
- Pincushion with thread catcher from Oh Fransson
Monday 9th of March 2020
What a lovely and generous collection. I’m itching to get into my scrap bag. Thank you so much for sharing. There didn’t seem to be active link to the pocket cube pincushion by May Chappell. Could you please provide that? Thank you so much.
Stephanie - Swoodson Says
Sunday 19th of April 2020
Thea, sorry for the delay and for that error, I updated it! https://www.maychappell.com/2015/09/10/cube-pinnie-tutorial/ Happy sewing!
Tuesday 3rd of October 2017
I love this post - what a beautiful collection of pincushion tutorials! I wish I had found this last year - I was looking for a wrist pin cushion tutorial last year for my summer camp. I ended up making my own and even published a tutorial of it and was able to share the camper's great creations!
I would love it if you would add my Color Block Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial to the bunch!
You can find it here: http://www.belindaleedesigns.com/2017/09/wrist-pin-cushion-tutorial.html
Thank you! Belinda
Stephanie - Swoodson Says
Sunday 8th of October 2017
Sure thing, added it!