tiny pincushion tutorial


The children and I have been working on a lot of projects – mostly sewing, beading, and some papercraft – so I'll post about that next week. In the meantime here is a brief tutorial for a tiny pincushion made with a bottle cap as the base. You can whip these up in about 2 minutes! Very addictive to make.

You'll need a bottle cap, a small amount of fabric and a piece of ribbon wide enough to cover the side of the bottle cap, a bit of batting, and some thread and glue.


Cut your fabric into a circle somewhat bigger than the bottle cap, as in the photo above. (How big you make it depends on how big you want the pincushion to be – but this is a forgiving project and you don't have to be very precise.)

Glue the ribbon around the bottle cap. While it dries, start a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric circle. Kind of like you're making a fabric yo-yo.


When you're done, gather it in, and fill with some batting. 


Next, gather in all the way so you close it up, tie it with a knot, and then glue it upside down inside the bottle cap. Quick and easy! 


I like that the cap prevents your pins and needles from going through all the way to the other side and poking you by accident – a problem I've had with my other handmade pincushion. I also love how tiny these are. You can glue a fabric or felt circle on the bottom if you like. If you don't have ribbon, you can use bias tape or make your own bias tape out of contrasting fabric. I did that for some of the pincushions in the photo below. You can also use felt, maybe even cut with pinking shears, instead of ribbon. I think I'll have to try that!



25 thoughts on “tiny pincushion tutorial

  1. Amy Hanson

    I absolutely love this tutorial! As I said above, I’m not much of a sewer, but I may just have to give these a try for their cuteness factor. And such a great craft for Olivia (age 11) who is learning to sew by hand. You always do the best stuff!!! xox.

  2. Sam

    I love these, they’re darling! I like to stick Velcro on the backs of my pincushions, and I have a corresponding velcro square stuck to my desk so it doesn’t slide away!
    I think it’s a perfect nice rainy day for petite pincushion making 🙂

  3. Mary

    I’ve done a simalar one-slightly larger. I also used velcro on my, but I stuck it to the front of my machine. So handy.

  4. Sara

    bless, these are adorable. I love quick cute projects, feels so good to make something and actually have time to finish it! thanks for posting this cute tutorial, i’ll give it a go too.


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