I Love to Create: Pin Cushion Recipe

Today’s I Love to Create project was inspired by a recent trip to an antique mall that my mother and I took. On one side of the aisle was a booth selling small boxes and vintage tins and the other side was a booth selling old empty thread spools. My mom wanted the tins and I wanted the spools then it clicked as to how we could join forces and make one adorable pin cushion!

Liquid Fusion Glue
Small Tin or Box
4 Empty Thread Spools
Aleene’s Instant Decopauge

Since I chose a small vintage recipe tin to transform into my pin cushion I needed to choose some fabric to match. I opted for a small black floral print from the 70’s. I cut small strips of the fabric and using Aleene’s Instant Decoupage I applied the strips to my empty spools.

I took my needle and thread and did a running stitch around the edge of the fabric. Once I had gone all the way around I pulled the edges to make a little pouch. I stuffed the pouch with polyfill and sewed the hole closed. I also used a small button in the center for a tufted look.

Once my decoupage had dried using Liquid Fusion glue I attached my 4 spools to my tin as if they were legs. I also coated the inside of my tin with glue and stuck my cushion down inside.


The only thing left to do was add my sewing pins and get stitching!

What does your pin cushion look like? This is my third. I have a hodge podge ball shaped one my mother made, the old school tomatoes shaped option and my grandmother’s which is a ceramic woman whose ball gown skirt is the pin cushion. I’m curious about yours since pin cushions come in so many different shapes and sizes.

13 Responses to “I Love to Create: Pin Cushion Recipe”

  1. Mindy B.

    I made mine out of a martini glass. I painted the inside hot pink, then took a circle of fabrib and stiched around the edges add a bunch of stuffing in and closed it up. Then i hot glued the circle to the rim of the glass. I added ribbon around it.

    I also add some stuffed felt strawberries to the top, the black pins make it look like seeds!


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