Spools Pincushion Tutorial

Materials Needed:
3 fat quarters of your favorite prints
1/8 inch wide elastic
8 small spools (with or without thread)
polyester batting scraps

1. Of your three fabrics, choose two of them to be the top and bottom of your pincushion and one to be the binding. Find a circle template or bowl that is about 9 inches in diameter. Trace the circle on the wrong side of both the top and bottom fabrics. Cut out and set aside.

2. Using your binding fabric, make two sections of 2-inch bias binding, each about 32 inches long. Sew binding on to the wrong side of each circle.

3. Fold binding over on to the right side of the fabric and top stitch in place for both circles.

4. Find another circle template or bowl that is about 6 inches in diameter. Trace a circle onto the center of the right side of the bottom. With top and bottom wrong sides together, sew along the inner circle, leaving about a 2 inch hole.

5. Stuff the pincushion through the open hold. This is a great way to use leftover pieces of batting! Just tear the batting into small pieces. Sew close by hand or machine.

6. Sew top and bottom binding together in 8 equally spaced places, creating 8 partitions. Only sew on the binding. Do not sew all the way to the inner circle.

7. Cut a 15-inch length of elastic. Using 8 small spools of your choice, thread the elastic through each spool and through each partition.

8. You’re done! Stick some pins in your new pincushion and get to work!


  1. Love this! Super cute & might be easy enough for me :)

  2. My english is not good and i don't understand: You can't use the spools anymore on your sewingmachine, right? Its only decoration?

    -.- Allysonn


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