DIY Vintage Pincushion

July 29, 2021

DIY Vintage Fabric Pincushion Quilters Candy

Learn how to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion with Elizabeth Chappell of Quilters Candy.  Elizabeth is a quilt pattern writer, host of an online quilt guild, and teacher of how to write and sell your own quilt patterns.

Learn to Make a DIY Vintage Pincushion

DIY Vintage Fabric Pincushion

With just a few tools, you can make your very own vintage-inspired pin cushion.  I got this idea from Farm Down The Lane.  She took a vintage quilt top and a jello mold to make a pincushion.  When she posted about this on Instagram, I asked if she would write a blog post about how to make one.  She didn’t know how to begin making a tutorial, but she shared with me how she made it and gave me her blessing to share that with y’all.  Thank you, Tami!

Farm Down The Road's Vintage Jell-o mold pincushion

Farm Down The Lane’s pincushion that inspired this tutorial.

Supplies to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion

  • Vintage Jell-O Mold.  I googled them and found a shop on Etsy that was selling some.
  • Batting.  You can use any type. I tried with both wool and cotton batting.  I preferred the wool batting personally, but it is just what you have on hand and what you like.
  • Fabric – a 12″ x 12″ square.
  • Glue.  I used Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
    Quick Dry Tacky Glue

Steps to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion

  1. Cut a strip of batting.  I cut mine to be about 4″ x 18″.  Roll it onto a ball.  Then with a smaller piece of batting, cover your longer strip to make it look smooth on the top.
  2. With your needle and thread, sew the bottom of the batting together, so it stays in place.  This does NOT need to look pretty, as you can see with mine. 😉 Batting to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion
  3. Take your sewn batting ball and place it in your Jell-O mold.  Make sure you like the shape and how it fits before moving on to the next step.  If you don’t like the shape of your batting ball, keep sewing or undo your sewing to make it a shape you are happy with.
  4. Using your 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric, cut it into a circle.  It actually doesn’t need to be a perfect circle, since you are going to put it around your batting ball.
  5. Place your batting ball on your piece of fabric.How to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion
  6. Using your needle and thread, sew 4 sides of your fabric together, as shown.How to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion
  7. Then sew the 4 sides sticking out together.How to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion
  8. Grab your Quick Dry Tacky Glue and put a line of glue around the inner top of your Jell-O mold. How to make a DIY Vintage Pincushion
  9. Place your fabric covered batting ball inside your Jell-O mold.  

Enjoying your DIY Vintage Pin Cushion

Give it a few minutes to let the glue dry, and you are set.  Voila!  You have a beautiful, vintage inspired pin cushion.

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