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Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins

Hi! I’m Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore. I love to sew, and sew just about anything… from big bed-sized quilts to quick and easy projects. I really love the fast and easy projects, though… so satisfying to get something done in an afternoon! And that’s what I’m sharing with you… actually TWO fast and simple projects!

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

The first is a simple ribbon-trimmed pincushion, and the second are some fun ribbon-headed pins for your new pincushion! Let’s get started!

Supplies for Pincushion:
a Fat Quarter of solid fabric (I used Snow)
2″ Wide Lace
Braid Trim (optional)
Crushed Walnut Shells
*You can find this at a pet store, in the reptile section! One bag will last you for years… mine has. Another great filler for pincushions is wool roving (wool used for felting), which can be found at a craft store.
Sewing Machine threaded with coordinating thread
Hand needle and thread

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStart by cutting your fabric. You will need 2 squares, each cut at 3.5″ by 3.5″, and 4 rectangles, each cut at 2″ x 3.5″. Then cut your lace into 4 pieces each 3.5″ long.

Baste the lace onto the rectangle pieces. Use a long stitch length, and stitch in place on each side using about 1/8″ seam allowance.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch two rectangles, lace side down, onto opposite sides of one of the squares. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance from here on out.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch on the other sides.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch the second square on the bottom, starting with two sides.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch the last two sides of the rectangles, leaving a 2″ hole on one side for turning.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch the four corners closed, turn right-side-out through the hole left in the last step, and fill with crushed walnut shells.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogStitch the hole closed by hand with a needle and thread. The pincushion looks cute as-is, but you can add a little trim to make it extra fancy. Just hand-stitch the trim along the edge.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOnce you have your pincushion done, you’ll want to fill it with cute ribbon-headed pins!

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogI made two different ribbon pins.

For the first pins, here is what you need:
1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon
Scissors
Silk Pins
Krazy Glue

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCut ribbon into pieces about 1″ long, cutting the ends at an angle.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPoke a pin through the ribbon, just off-center. Add a dab of Krazy Glue (a little goes a long way here!), then fold the ribbon in half and press for a few seconds.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogRepeat these steps to make as many pins as you like!

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTo make the cute flag pincushion, you need:
1 1/2″ Printed Grosgrain Ribbon
Scissors
Flower Head Pins
Wire Cutters
Krazy Glue

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogCut a small flag-shape from the ribbon, and clip the head off of the flower head pin with the wire cutters.

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogPoke the pin through the side of the flag, and add a dab of Krazy Glue to hold the flag in place. It is that easy!

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogEnjoy your new pins and pincushion!

Ribbon Edged Pincushion with Ribbon Pins - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThanks for letting me come by and share these projects with you! I hope you’ll stop by and visit me at 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore!


I have always wanted to have a super cute pincushion right next to me while I am sewing, and I believe this cute little cushion will work perfectly! AND…with matching pins, this project is a must add to my “Sewing To Do List!”

Thank you Carolina for this fun and quick project! I too love those fast afternoon projects that are done lickity-split! For more innovative projects by Carolina, stop by her blogs at 30 Minute Crafts and Always Expect Moore!

A project like this is not only super fun to make for yourself, but to also make for all of your sewing buddies! Wrap these matching sewing “must-haves” up in a cute little package and you have a wonderful and heartfelt gift that all your sewing friends are sure to adore!

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Happy Creating & Happy Pincushions!
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4 Comments

  1. Jessica Rodriguez
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Where can you get crushed walnut shells? It’s not like everyone has access to these on a daily basis.. LOL 🙂

    • Posted February 20, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Hi Jessica! Hehe…great question! You can find Crushed Walnut Shells at a pet store, in the reptile section! One bag will last you for years… mine has. Another great filler for pincushions is wool roving (wool used for felting), which can be found at a craft store. Thank you so much for your question! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted February 24, 2014 at 5:25 am | Permalink

    I love how pretty and simple these are!

    • Posted February 24, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your comment! I agree with you…this little pincushion with matching pins is so pretty and simple to put together. I think anyone who loves to sew would love this little duo right next to their sewing machine. Thank you again Heather and have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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