Wednesday, August 7, 2013


So I got a sewing machine after my wedding in October, cool right?  I went out and looked for the supplies I needed - pins and thread and tape measure and scissors.  I was all set and got right to work sewing away on small projects.  It's been lots of fun!
Clearly, however, I forgot a very important item - a pincushion!  I'm trying to be very good about pinning my projects in an effort to sew straight lines and avoid bumps and wrinkles... but then I need somewhere to put those pins.  Enter a quick search on Pinterest and some leftover fabric from my bike bag and problem solved!  (and another Project 14 project completed!) A pincushion that is tied onto my sewing machine so I never lose it!

Materials needed:
Basic sewing supplies
Approx 3 feet of ribbon (enough to wrap around your sewing machine 1 1/2 to 2 times)
Scrap Fabric 
Stuffing/Polyester fill/Batting scraps

Cut two rectangles of fabric, 5 inches by 3 inches. (or whatever size will best fit on your sewing machine, depending how it is laid out)
Measure your ribbon around your sewing machine.  Cut two pieces that are long enough to go around your sewing machine.  

Lay one of the pieces of fabric right side up and place your ribbon on the edges, leaving a little extra hang over the edge.  Pin to hold in place.

Place right sides together and pin around
Sew around all four sides, leaving about a 3 - 4 inch opening along the bottom for turning.
Be careful not to sew over the long ends of the ribbon.  However, I did reinforce stitch, by going back and forth twice, on the short sides to make sure the ribbon will stay put!

Turn it right side out and stuff it (the more stuffing the better)
Then top stitch (or hand stitch) the opening closed

There you have it, just tie it on and you are good to go!

See, isn't it great, it can even slide to the underside to tuck away when I want to put the cover on!

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  1. Great idea! That is the perfect location for a pin cushion.

  2. This is my exact problem! What a perfect solution with the ribbon!!

    1. Could also be attached using the stick on Velcro on the machine, and the sew on velcro on the pincushion before sewing the two pieces together. That way if you are pinning away from the machine you can take the pin cushion with you.

    2. this is a great idea and is similar to what seamstresses used back in the "good old days". the downside is that unless you are very very careful, the pins will scratch and ruin the finish.

    3. This is in response to Sara. I, too love this little project, and I was wondering if perhaps to keep the pins from scratching the surface we could insert strong cardboard or something similar to the backside of the cushion to keep the pins from going through? I’ve just now read your pattern so 8 haven’t tried it yet. I’ll just have to try something! Love love this little pincushion!

  3. Lovely and practical pincushion!Love the simple idea!Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  4. Ok, I don't sew a lot, but this is genius! Will have to make one of these!

  5. I have the same sewing machine and love it!

    1. Thanks! Glad to hear you like it too :)

  6. This is a great idea. I've got to replicate it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hope.

    Angel @

  7. I love your fabric - and the ribbon to hold it in place is a nice touch :)

  8. Looks great! Stopping by from the Super Sunday link party.

  9. How brilliant to have your pincushion attached to your sewing machine! Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  10. How clever!! So glad you linked up at Romance on a dime again. Hope to see you this Tuesday!

  11. O.k, I have to tell you that I have quite a large pin cushion collection. But yet, I do not have one tied to my machine. Clever idea and I think I may just need to make one more. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. This is too cute and I think I could make it too, lol. Thanks for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)


  14. So simple yet absolutely brilliant.

  15. My mother had Pieces of felt attached to the top of her 1960's sewing machine. I didn't know pin cushions went anywhere else when I watched her sew my Halloween costumes in the 70's! I sew a lot now. My pin cushion gets lost under all my stuff. Thank you for the reminder of where it really belongs! And a better design than just pieces of felt! :) Paris in Mass

    1. I just made this! I used bias tape because I didn't have ribbon and stitched Velcro on the ends. It fits on all sides of my machine! Love it!

  16. I made this and used decorative elastic and fed it in under my needle. I love this idea, thanks. My pins are right where I need them.

  17. Great idea. I have an older New Home machine HD that I can actually use a magnet for mine. Thanks

  18. Great idea. I have an older New Home machine HD that I can actually use a magnet for mine. Thanks

  19. If you stuff polyester fill around the steel wool it will be more finger-friendly and still sharpen your pins.

  20. Excellent project. Great comments. Will make this.


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