When it comes to pins, I like the long ones. The longer the better. I know I should use finer pins on finer fabrics, and my long, fat pins can snag on finer fabrics sometimes… Like they’re not sharp enough… But I love my long fat pins… If only I could keep them really sharp…
… Well, now I can! … (and you can too!)… With my ‘Ultimate Pin-Cushion’
- Fabric pen/ chalk
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
- Toy stuffing
- Fine grade wire wool
- Optional: flat magnet (old fridge magnet?)
Choose Your Size:
I’m making mine 7cm square and 5cm deep, with 1cm seams. You can, of course, make it any shape or size you like.
Cut Your Fabric:
- 2 squares 9cm x 9cm
- 1 strip 30cm x 7cm
- (Or 4 strips 9cm x 7cm if you’re using little scraps & stitch them together to make one strip. Sew up to the seam allowance & backstitch)
Turn in 1cm on each of the short ends of the long piece and press. Mark the seam allowances/ sewing lines on all pieces (Loving those Frixion pens right now!).
Sew It Up:
I like to start in the centre of one square side. Sew upto 1cm before the edge, leave the needle in, lift the presser foot, and, using little scissors: snip up to the needle. Then, I turn and reposition the side panel and do the same upto the next corner…
Stuff a good thick layer of wire wool into the casing, packing it down to fill the bottom third of your pincushion.
Closing & Alternative Ending:
(Slip a big, flat fridge magnet into the side, magnet side facing out before closing to give your pincushion an extra super power – magnetic pin picker-upper!)
Hand sew the opening shut, along the ironed creases.
Sit back and enjoy the feeling of stabbing a pin in three or four times, and how much smoother it feels each time. It’s addictive, no?! … And when they’re sharp enough, just use the other side of your pincushion.