Do you sew? I’ve started sewing just this past year, and even though I’m not very good at it yet, I love to see what I’m able to create with some thread and fabric! Today I’ll show you how to create a Picture Frame Pin Cushion to not only hold your pins while you sew, but look pretty too! Say good-bye to that ugly, old tomato pin cushion!
So like I said, I only started sewing recently when I asked my husband for a sewing machine for Christmas. I honestly wanted it to use it for card making and things of that nature, but I had high hopes of eventually learning to actually “sew”. I watched my new sewing machine sit in the box for a few months because I was too scared to try to learn how to use it, until one day I finally got it out, stared at it for awhile, looked at the manual, and decided I had no clue what I was doing. How do I thread this thing? What’s a bobbin? Why does this have a pedal like a car? I was in way over my head : )
After a few hours and many youTube tutorial videos later, I learned how to get it running and made my first project… Curtains! Go big or go home, right? Now I’m pretty familiar with my little sewing machine, and I have developed a ridiculous obsession with making new pillow covers for almost every season. (Seriously… you can check them out here, here, here and here!)
So now that I can say I have joined the “sewing club”, I thought it would be fun to share how to make a Picture Frame Pin Cushion to help keep your pins in check while you sew!
All you need is a picture frame (any shape will do), some fabric, batting, cardboard, hot glue, and of course, pins!
Start by removing the glass and anything else from inside the frame. Place the glass on a piece of cardboard, trace around it, and cut it out. This will be the back of your pin cushion. (You could also use the cardboard insert that came inside your frame if it had one) Now trace around the cushion back onto your fabric, making sure to center the design of your fabric if necessary.
*I found this adorable little pink circle frame in the dollar section at Target (love that store!) and thought it would be the perfect size for a pin cushion. My frame had a piece of plastic instead of glass, so I just used that as my cushion back.
Cut your fabric out and wrap it around your cushion back. Place it into your frame to make sure the insert still fits after adding the thickness of the fabric. If the insert is too tight now, carefully trim around the outside of your cushion back until it is the right size.
Next lay your fabric face down and place a good size ball of batting in the center.
Place your cushion back on top of the batting, and pull your fabric up over the sides. Secure with hot glue all the way around the cushion back, but leave about a 1″ gap open on one side. Place your cushion back into the frame to see how it fits, adding extra batting if necessary to make the cushion more full. Once your cushion looks nice and plump, take it out of the frame and finish glueing the fabric around the cushion back.
Put your cushion into the frame again, and close the back of the picture frame. If your cushion is large and you are unable to close the frame, simply replace the frame backing with a piece of card stock or cardboard cut to size and hot glued all around the edges to hold your cushion in place.
Your pin cushion can stand up like a picture frame or lay flat on the table, but either way it will be totally adorable! After finding the picture frame at Target, I made this pin cushion with things I already had at home. Cute, simple, inexpensive, and would make the perfect little gift!
So tell me… Do you sew? When did you learn? Who taught you? I’d love to hear your stories!
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