Quick Pin Cushion Tutorial

Everyone that loves to sew needs a pin cushion! This little one is quick to make and uses very little fabric but is still the perfect addition to your work box.

First of all you need to cut out 4 small squares of fabric, mine were 8.5 centimeter square.

I used two different fabrics which adds a bit of extra interest to the final pin cushion.

The next step is to sew two squares together along one of their sides. If you are using two different fabrics then sew a piece from each design here. Once sewn iron the seams open.

You should now have two strips of fabric made up of one square from each design.

They are now sewn together matching the central seem carefully. They need to be sewn so that each piece is attached to the other fabric design so that once finished and pressed they look like this.

Next fold your work in half and sew down the two side seams. Then carefully press the seams open.

The next step is more difficult to describe so I hope the picture helps to show what I mean.

The two side seams are folded into the middle and the seams are matched together, you end up with something looking a little like a pyramid! You will need to sew from the middle to one edge and leave the other side of the work open to be able to turn the right side out. Before doing this I pressed the seam I had sewn and also pressed the seam allowance on the open seam which makes it easier to sew shut once the pin cushion is stuffed.

Stuff the pin cushion firmly and then sew the opening shut. I then turned the cushion over and sewed a vintage button into the middle going completely through the cushion and pulled it firmly to give a good shape.

Here is the finished cushion which makes both a practical and attractive gift.

Simple Cushion Cover Tutorial

For awhile now I have had two very pretty cushions sat upon my sofa. Unfortunately their beauty was only skin deep and they quickly died an untimely death. I blame the silk being far too thin, it wore away into threads within months 🙁 So finally I did what I should have done in the first place and made my own cushions. Although I did do my bit for the environment and reused the feather cushion pads. I even have the old covers stashed and will salvedge what I can for another project. If you fancy having a go at these extremely simple covers, here’s how I did it.

What You’ll Need

Cushion Pad

Fabric for the front

Fabric for the back



Step 1

Measure the width and length of your cushion pad. We will make covers which are exactly the same size, this makes them lovely and padded. Take the fabric intended for the front of the cushion and cut it out using these measurements.

Step 2

This cushion has an envelope opening at the back. To make this, devide the length of your cushion pad into 3. Take 1/3 of the measurement and add 7cm, this will make one side of the back. Then take 2/3 of the measurement and add 7cm, this will make the other side. Your width measurement will be the same. Cut out the two pieces from the back fabric. If you lay them down and overlap them by 7cm you will see that the back will match the front.

Step 3

Next use a zig zag stitch around each of the 3 pieces of fabric to stop them fraying. Now lay down the larger back piece, cut out two pieces of ribbon (approx 28cm long) and pin and sew them at equal points onto one of the shorter sides.

On the side with the ribbon attached, turn over approx 2cm of fabric and iron. Then fold over another 2cm and iron flat. Stitch close to the edge to secure these folds. Bring the ribbon to the front and stitch to keep in place.

Repeat the folding/sewing process with the shorter back piece, but don’t attach any ribbon.

Step 4

Lay down the front piece print side up. Then lay the larger back piece on top, matching up the edges. Next lay over the shorter back piece, overlapping the longer back piece but matching the edges of the front. Pin and Sew all the way around the cover’s edge.

Step 5

Turn the cover the right way out and place the cushion pad inside. Cut two more pieces of ribbon (approx 21cm long) and hand sew them onto the shorter back piece opposite the other ribbon. Tie them up and you’re done!