Scrappy Pincushion | Free Sewing Pattern

Are you looking for a free sewing pattern for a pincushion? Got a stash of fabric scraps you want to work through but don’t know where to start? Try this pattern from new book Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing by Kim Kruzich.

There are 18 simple stash busting projects in this book and one of our favourites is this gorgeous pin cushion. This cute pincushion is a great project to showcase your favourite fabric scraps, and would make a pretty gift for a friend who is just beginning to sew. Whether using a monochromatic colour scheme or a full palette of colors, it is sure to brighten up any sewing space! A little bag of crushed walnuts or fine sand inside the pincushion helps to keep pins super sharp and protect your beautiful fabrics from snags while pinning. See below for the free sewing pattern. pincushion free sewing pattern Finished Dimensions: 2in high x 41?2 wide (5cm x 11.5cm). All seam allowances are 5mm (¼in) unless otherwise stated.

You Will Need

  • Scrap Fabric Pincushion Templates (full size – just print at 100%)
  • Assorted cotton prints for ten pincushion wedges, each from a different print
  • One circle for fabric button
  • Linen/cotton blend for the pincushion bottom  – one 1 3/4in x 34in (4.5cm x 86cm) rectangle for pleated edge
  • All-purpose thread in a neutral colour
  • 3/4in (2cm) fabric covered button kit
  • Embroidery floss (cotton) for sewing the button on
  • Darning needle
  • Stuffing material (polyfill)
  • Cotton muslin or solid fabric – two circles for walnut/sand bag (optional)
  • Crushed walnuts or fine sand (optional)


To Assemble the Patchwork Top free sewing pattern for a pincushion

1 Lay out your ten wedges in a circle. Starting at any point, sew five wedges into a half circle – working clockwise, place two wedges right sides together, right piece on top of left piece, and sew down the right side. Open the fabric and press each seam allowance to the right.

2 Starting again, but continuing around the circle, sew the remaining five wedges together into a separate half circle.


free sewing pattern for a pincushion3 Place the circle halves right sides together, pin, and sew along the straight side. Open up the circle and press the seam allowance open the best you can – it will be a little bulky in the middle.

To Pleat the Edge

1 On the long edge of the linen rectangle, make 1/4in (5mm) pleats about 1/2in (1.3cm) apart, starting 2in (5cm) from a short side. To make pleats, pinch about 1/2in (1.3cm) of fabric with your fingers and fold it to the left, as shown. The pleats should not overlap. Pin each pleat at the top and bottom, and press them in place. You may not need the entire length of the linen strip, just about 13in (33cm) of pleating plus the 2in (5cm) extra before pleating.

2 Machine baste (tack) the pleats into position along the top and bottom of the strip, 1/8in (3mm) from the edge, keeping the edges as straight as possible.

3 Square up the pleated rectangle, then cut it to 12¾in (32.5cm) in length. Trim off some of the first 2in (5cm) and rip out a pleat seam if necessary so you have a single layer of fabric to sew through 1?4in (5mm) from each end. Sew the short ends, right sides together, to make a loop and press the seam allowance open.

free sewing pattern for a pincushion

4 Carefully pin the right side of the pleated loop to the right side of the patchwork circle. Adjust the pins until the fabrics match. Sew together with a 1?4in (5mm) seam, all the way around the circle.

5 Pin the right side of the pleated loop to the right side of the pincushion bottom as you did with the top, and sew together, leaving a 2in (5cm) hole for turning through.

6 Press and trim the seam allowances, top and bottom, except around the turning hole, then turn the pincushion right side out.



To Finish

1 Place the muslin circles together and triple stitch around the edge, leaving a 1in (2.5cm) hole unsewn. Fill with crushed walnuts or fine sand, leaving enough space to fit your sewing machine foot. Tape or otherwise seal the open side and then finish sewing the circle closed.

2 Insert the crushed walnut bag into the top of the pincushion, and then stuff the rest of the pincushion with polyfill. Turn the pincushion over and add a thin layer of polyfill on top of the walnuts. Close the hole with ladder stitches.

3 Make a fabric-covered button according to the package instructions. Use fusible interfacing on the back of the button fabric if the fabric is a light colour so the metal button does not show through.

4 Mark the centre of the bottom of the pincushion. Sew the fabric-covered button to the top of the pincushion with embroidery floss and a darning needle, sewing all the way through to the bottom and back through to the top several times, pulling the thread taut so the button sinks into the pincushion a bit. Tie securely and trim the floss to finish.

Retro Mama: Scrap Happy SewingI hope you enjoyed this free sewing pattern! For more sewing project ideas using fabric scraps, order your copy of the book now from SewandSo by following this link

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