Why to buy a pin cushion spending a handsome amount while you can make it by yourself with the expected shape and size? Don’t you know how to do that? Then, keep following us to learn how to make a homemade pin cushion making the best use of your leftovers.
Here we go………
How to make a homemade pin cushion with easy steps?
- Fabric and filler
Steps to be followed
- Make your compass ready with a marker of any color. You may even use a pencil or a pen. Remember that the pencil mark might not be clearly visible if the fabric is a designee one.
- Lay one fabric piece flat on an even floor or ground. Position the compass in the middle of the fabric and draw a circle setting the compass in the perfect radius.
Do the same with the remaining fabric piece. The radius of the compass must not be changed a bit.
- Now you have two pieces of circles with the same area, right? Well, place one piece on an even surface and lay the other one on it. Make sure that the edges match perfectly.
Finally, secure the match using clips. We mean use two or three clips to attach the circles to each other securely.
- Thread your hand needle properly with the color of thread you find the most suitable for the fabric color.
- Start sewing the edges from any point. For sewing you can adopt any of the sewing methods – straight stitch, overcast stitch, basting stitch, catch stitch, fell stitch, slip stitch and blanket stitch. Don’t stitch the overall edges rather leave a minimum portion open to insert filling.
- Insert the filler properly making sure that you don’t hurt the adjacent stitches. Use any of the following as your filler – fabric scraps, plastic beads, steel wool, sand, sawdust and ground walnut shell.
- Is the insertion done? Well, it’s time to close the mouth! Sew it in the same way you had been doing so far.
Which filler should I choose?
Every filler has more or less demerits with the merits. Let’s help you get introduced to those in detail so that you can decide wisely!
Fabric scraps: It’s a thrifty idea to use fabric scraps as filler. The pincushion featuring this filler can be washed frequently. But, the problem is the cushion is lightweight that enables the chance of getting the cushion lost if you are unaware.
Plastic beads: Using beads offers you the perfect weight while guaranteeing no allergen and dust. However, you shouldn’t clean the cushion’s outer surface frequently and must be utterly gentle while cleaning.
Steel wool: Steel wool as a filler serves you two major purposes. It first of all houses your needles and pins securely. Besides, it sharpens the blunt ends of the two.
As it has sharpening quality, it is a foregone conclusion that it’s abrasive in nature. As a result, your needle or pin will be eroded gradually.
Sand: An easy to get and cost-effective filler. The filler doesn’t only hold your pins or needles securely but also makes the overall cushion heavy enough to keep sitting steadily.
The only issue with sand is that you are not free to wash the cushion surface occasionally. And, when you clean, make sure that you get it dried with the scorching heat of the sun.
Sawdust: Another budget-friendly filler that you can get available in your nearly sawmill or wood selling stall.
The filler, although is sufficiently heavy and creates a good grip yet it allows you not to wash the cushion surface frequently. And if you wash any time, be sure of getting it dried naturally.
Walnut shell: Even after being heavy and a tough holder, the filler is super cost-effective. It, just like the steel wool, has sharpening properties but not abrasive.
However, using walnut shells won’t be wise if you have all the allergic problems.
Which fabric should I choose as my pincushion cover?
There are hundreds of fabric types – cotton, denim, leather, chiffon, linen, satin etc. you can use as your pincushion cover. But, if you ask us which one should be your priority then our first recommendation will be cotton fabric.
Why cotton? See, cotton features fibers, which feature natural hollow fibers thus cotton feels soft and cool. This is why cotton fiber is popularly known as breathable fibers and absorbent.
In addition, cotton fabric is able to hold water 24/27 times of their own weight. Moreover, it is strong, dye absorbent and is capable of standing up against high temperature and abrasion wear.
Q. How does a pincushion help a fashionista?
Ans. It helps you preserve the pins or needles securely when you are sewing and get those at hand instantly without ransacking.
Q. Is there any specific shape for a pincushion?
Ans. No, there is no hard and fast shape and size. On the basis of your available resource and liking, you can give the cushion any shape and size.
Q. What if I want my pincushion to be a sharpener as well?
Ans. In that case, we recommend you to use steel wool or walnut shells as a filler as these two are naturally abrasive.
Q. Can I wash my pincushion?
Ans. Yes, you can but the frequency of washing depends on the filler you use. To learn more, we recommend you to go through our Filler Choosing part.
In short, with how to make a homemade pin cushion you can incite your creative mind to make a pincushion with desired size, shape and design. The making is not a tough process and doesn’t require you to have some costly supplies; rather you can simply recycle your leftovers.