This craft adds a quilted touch to your pincushion, and tiny hexagons add a cheery, geometric touch to its design.
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Making your own pincushion is an easy beginner's project for new sewers. Once you've been sewing for awhile, however, you may want more of a challenge — and something more interesting to look at while you're hard at work. Swap out your old pincushion for this fun, modern piece with hexagon designs. We used random colors, but you could easily make these pincushions in a more selective ombre or every-other pattern.

How to Make a Modern Pincushion

What You Need

  • Template plastic
  • Felt: six assorted colors
  • 5" square of solid fabric (we used white)
  • 2–5" squares of batting
  • 5" square of a second fabric (we used a print fabric)
  • Basting spray (optional)
  • Fabric glue (such as Aleene's Fabric Fusion)
  • Sewing thread: white
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Sewing needle

Step-by-Step Instructions

This fun, miniature pin cushion can easily be made from scarp fabrics. Follow our step by step below to have this pin cushion made in no time.

cut hexagons from felt

Step 1: Print, Trace, Cut

Print the free downloadable pattern and trace onto template plastic, then cut out. Using the template, cut four hexagons from each color of felt.

Step 2: Arrange Pieces

Place the solid 5" fabric square atop a 5" square of batting. Repeat with the other 5" fabric square. If needed, use basting spray to hold layers together.

Arrange desired hexagons in five rows on top of the solid 5" square, leaving approximately 1/8" space around each hexagon (above). Use a small amount of fabric glue to hold each hexagon in place.

parallel diagonal lines in hexagons
sewn hexagons on pincushion

Step 3:  Sew Down Pieces

Sew parallel diagonal lines across the square through each hexagon. Continue sewing lines across the square and through the hexagons, crossing each hexagon from point to point to complete the pincushion top.

turn pincushion right side out
stuffing pincushion with fiberfill

Step 4: Sew and Stuff

With right sides together, sew pincushion top and back together, leaving a 3" opening along one side. Turn right side out. Stuff with fiberfill. Hand-stitch opening closed to complete your pincushion. Now, it's ready for use!

Beginner's tip: "Right sides" refers to the sides of the fabric you want to see when the craft is finished.

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