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Pincushion Catch-All

Free project instructions to make a pincushion catch-all.

Free project instructions to make a pincushion catch-all.

Corral buttons, safety pins, and other crafty notions inside this handy pincushion! The lid of a common canning jar forms the base of the pincushion, while the jar itself holds all your crafty needs. It's a fabulous gift for your favorite stitchers!

Project Needs & Notes

Wide-mouth canning jar
- Small piece of cotton twill for top of pincushion
- Small piece of craft felt for bottom of pincushion
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Polyester fiberfill
- Hot glue and gun
- 1/2" wide ribbon

The design featured in this tutorial is E6319, Cameo.

Special Notes:
When choosing designs for this tutorial, keep in mind the size of your canning jar lid. Light-stitching designs with open areas are a good choice, as they allow room for the pins to poke into the pincushion.

This project was featured in the following:
For the Love of Craft Lookbook


Cut a piece of cotton twill a bit larger than your hoop.

Place the lid of the canning jar on the cotton, and trace around it with an air-erase pen.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Position the template so the center of the design is in the center of the circle. Make sure the design fits comfortably, with at least 1/4" between the edges of the design and the circle.

Mark the horizontal and vertical axis lines, as well as the center point.

Remove the template and draw marks connecting the points.

These will be used when hooping.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. 

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly over the center point on the fabric. 

Embroider the design.

After embroidering, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Measure and mark out 1" around the circle.

Draw a line connecting the marks and then cut out the shape.

Now it's time to assemble the  pincushion.

Lay the inner section of the lid right side up. Lay a small ball of polyester fiberfill on top of the lid.

Lay the embroidered fabric piece on top of the fiberfill with the right side facing up. Align the edges of the inner shape with the outer edges of the lid leaving about 1/4" of space between.

Flip the lid over.

Add a couple of drops of hot glue onto the lid on each side of the back side of the lid and press the fabric in place.

Apply more glue to the top and bottom of the back side of the lid and press the fabric in place

Add more fiberfill between the fabric and the lid by inserting it with the end of a pen or pencil.

Fill until the pincushion is firm.

Add more glue to the backside of the lid, fold the remaining fabric, and press the fabric in place all around the outer edge of the lid.

Apply hot glue to the back side of the cushion and press it in place on a small piece of craft felt.

Trim away the excess felt around the outer edge of the cushion

Insert the cushion into the outer section of the lid and screw in onto the jar. 

Add ribbon around the lid and tie it in place with a bow.

Free project instructions to make a pincushion catch-all.

Keep all your crafty notions close at hand with this canning jar-turned-pincushion project!

It's a cute and clever addition to any sewing room.

Pincushion Catch-All

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Products used in this Project:

Cameo $1.99

Available in 1 Size:

1.52" x 2.64"