Today I’ll tell you how I made this cute pin cushion.
First, I got silicone baking cups I think from Michaels. I also got felt (my favorite felt source is Benzie Design), round acrylic gems, small flower brads, floss and thread, a sharp needle, stuffing, and heart pins. I can’t remember if I did this, but you can put sand in the bottom for weight. Also, a tip for pin cushions (I have read a startling amount about them): if you put some fine steel wool in the stuffing, it will help keep the pins sharp, and if you use some real wool that still has lanolin on it, that will help condition the pins. I think that washing the wool removes the lanolin, but you have to wash it, so using wool soap with lanolin adds it back in.
I first cut out a circle of the brown felt a little bit bigger than the baking cup. Then I cut out the “frosting” shape. I applied the frosting with a blanket stitch and added the brads and the gem.
I started sewing on the top to the baking cup. It was a little tricky to figure out, and it’s probably not the best method, but oh well. I just folded under a bit of the brown felt and then pinched it together with the baking cup, and did a normal straight stitch. You can kind of see how it’s stitched in the picture, except you can’t see the stitches on the baking cup. Once you have most of it sewed together, add the stuffing and then finish off the sewing. Then add the heart pins or whatever pins you want.
I’ve had other ideas for pin cushions that include “upcycling” and new ones. There are a good number of old pin cushions on Etsy and eBay where the fabric part has worn out but a metal or some other substance is still in good shape, so those might be fun to do. I spent a couple days once coming up with new ideas like a popcorn box using shearling fabric and an artist’s palette with small “paint daubs” that are pin cushions.