Beginner sewing project | DIY Pin Cusion | Hand sewn pin cusion

Scrappy Pin Cushion Tutorial | Beginner sewing project

A pin cushion is a perfect beginner sewing project because it requires very little material, and can be sewn with just a needle and thread. You can learn a few basic hand stitches and in the end you'll end up with a usable tool that you need for your sewing journey.

We include a video tutorial for this beginner sewing project so that you can easily watch and learn how to DIY your own pin cushion. Pin cushions are great beginner sewing projects because you need one to sew, and its an affordable way to learn while making something useful.


DIY Pin Cushion Material Needed:

  • 2 square pieces of fabric around 4-6in each.
  • Sewing Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins (optional)
  • Scrap material or an old t-shirt to cut up and use as filling.
  • Button (Optional)

 Or purchase our hand sewing kit


  1. Mark the halfway point on each edge of the square. (optional but helpful)
  2. Lay down your 1st square, with right side (outside) facing up. Then overlay the 2nd square at the halfway point with the right side facing down, so that the top edges line up, but the top square covers only half the bottom square.
  3. Pin in place.
  4. Starting where the back squares edge meets the middle of the front square. Begin to back stitch across the edge, about 1/4 of an inch from the edge.
  5. When you get to the corner. Rotate the fabric so that the Top Squares edge is now parallel to the ground.
  6. Then move the Back squares remaining edge to line up with the front squares new edge. Pin in Place.
  7. Sew along the edge until you hit the next corner
  8. When you get to the next corner, repeat steps 5-7, alternating which corner needs to line up with the new edge.
  9. Leave a 1-2" hole open when you get to the final edge.
  10. Flip the pincushion inside out.

Cutting the scraps

  1. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut the scrap fabric up into small pieces.
  2. Stuff the scraps into the pin cushion until full, make sure the pincushion feels firm.

Assemble the beginner sewing project

  1. Whip stitch the open hole shut.
  2. Add a button for decoration. If you'd like the cushion to "dimple" in. You'll need to thread through the pin cushion a few times with the thread and tighten it. (Pliers can help if the needle gets stuck). Then Attach the button


And that's it. Your pin cushion is ready to use on all your future projects.


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