When I buy a beautiful fabric I don’t like to let any of it go to waste. If you are like me you probably have a lot of fabric scraps laying around begging to be used for something. There are very many ways to use up your fabric scraps. If there is one thing that a tailor or seamstress can never have enough of that would be pincushions. This list of patterns, tutorials and ideas will teach you how to make several different types of pincushions from your fabric scraps.
The MonkeyRoom Reversible Pincushion and holder – This pincushion is reversible so you can choose two complimentary fabrics and switch between having one as the outside and one as the pincushion. This pincushion is a great way to use up larger fabric scraps. It would also make a unique and useful gift to give someone!
Country Mouse Pincushion – This pincushion is so cute, it comes out looking like a very cute little mouse. This little pincushion is a great way to use up scrap fabric or felt pieces. They are very easy to make, you could make an entire little family of Mice pincushions to hold your pins for you!
The Sweetheart Pincushion – I love the quilted look of the heart in these unique pincushions. This tutorial will teach you how to make this sweetheart pincushion using your smallest fabric scraps. If you are going to gift this to someone I would make an entire set where each one would represent a loved one that the recipient holds near to their heart.
Hanging Pincushion – This wonderful tutorial will teach you how to make these very cute hanging pincushions using your fabric scraps and canning lids. Make a few of these and hang them around in your sewing space for quick access and convenience.
Tin Can Pincushion – This tutorial not only teaches you a way to use your fabric scraps but also a neat way to use up old food cans. They are made using small food cans like the kind that cat food comes in. I am a big fan of any project that allows you to use two things that may have ended up in the trash can otherwise!
Thumb Pincushion – Learn how to use your fabric scraps to make this super convenient pincushion that fits right around your thumb. I love this idea and is great for those times when I am watching tv and working on a small project. This project is so simple and only uses one small piece of fabric.
Hexie Caddy Pincushion and Caddy – In this tutorial you will learn how to make an excellent pincushion which doubles as a small caddy to hold some of your supplies while you are working! A great way to use up some of your scraps of fabric.
Patchwork Pincushion – In this free tutorial from Better Homes and Garden you will learn how to make a great patchwork pincushion using fabric scraps, a button and a little ribbon. This pincushion is very cute and when made with the right fabric it has the potential to become your favorite pincushion.
Funky Flower Pincushion – This tutorial is for the flower lovers among us. This free tutorial will teach you how to use your fabric scraps to make this beautiful funky flower pincushion that will fit into your sewing room with style. The pincushion sits on top of a small paper mache box that will allow you to store pins that you aren’t using at the moment.
Pumpkin Pincushion – This tutorial teaches you how to use your fabric scraps to make these cute little pumpkin pincushions. They are so cute and if you have a lot of fabric scraps you can whip up an entire little pumpkin patch!
As you can see, making pincushions is a great way to use up some of your old fabric scraps and create something useful in the process! I could have 3 dozen pincushions and it wouldn’t be enough. Whether you are looking for a pincushion for yourself or to gift to a friend, any of these tutorials will point you in the direction that you are looking for, so before you throw out those fabric scraps give these free pincushion patterns and tutorials a try!