Jul 08 2011

Wrist Pincushion Tutorial

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I always wanted to have a pincushion that I could wear on my wrist. You can call me lazy, but some of you may agree that when pinning up something or using a sewing machine, reaching across a table constantly for a pincushion is so frustrating. So, for today’s tutorial, I’m introducing this handy bow-shaped pincushion (yes, I’m obsessed with bows!) that requires so little time to make.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 rectangles of fabric, about 11 x 6.5 cm
  • stuffing
  • elastic string
  • pearls
  • thread and needle


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1) First, let’s start by making a pattern. I wanted the bow to be round-shaped one, so drew two circles on a piece of paper using a small bottle for guidance. If you want your bow to be rectangle, just cut your fabric to your desired size.

2) Trace the pattern onto your fabric, then cut them out, adding about 1 cm seam allowance.

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3) Pin the fabric right side together, and sew along the edges, leaving a gap about 3 -5 cm long.

4) Clip the edges (except around the opening) so that you’ll get a smoother line when turned right way out.

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5) Turn the fabric right way out.

6) Stuff firmly, then close the opening by a hand stitch.

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7) Accordion-fold the top fabric along the middle to create the pleats, and hand stitch the centre.

8) Sew on two rows of pearls to cover the centre (only on the top fabric).

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9) Cut the elastic string to suit your wrist size, then tie a knot.

10) Turn the bow around, and stitch the fabric together over the knot of the elastic string (the knot should be hiding under the fabric).

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And you’re done! As usual, I’m amazed by what small fabric scraps can do :) Enjoy sewing everyone!

I’m linking this tutorial to Flamingo Toes: my favourite inspiration hunt!

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2 Commnents to “Wrist Pincushion Tutorial”

  1. Thank you so much for your suggestion, Kristie! I’ve never heard of non soapy steel wool – I can’t wait to get my hands on it :)

  2. Hi,
    Love the little pincushion, I made one similar to this one and found the if I filled the cushion with non soapy steel wool it helps to keep your pins and needles nice and sharp and rust free.

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