Hanging Pin Cushion Tutorial

I’ve been redoing my craft room, trying to make it more functional as well as something I will love looking at, considering I’m at my desk a lot. I came up with these hanging pincushions because I knew I needed more on the wall and less on my desk. Also I knew I would need something for pins and needles because I use them a lot at random times. So this is what I came up with!



First I took three canning rings we had around the house, these are the wide mouth ones.

Then I spray painted them black. You can do whatever color suits your fancy.

Using cardboard I traced (and cut out) a circle that fit perfectly in the ring. This will be the back so you’ll want it to be a snug fit.  I realized afterwards it probably would have worked just using the flat canning lid. Oh well too late but if anyone out there gives it a try let me know how it works!

Gather supplies. You’ll need your ring, cardboard backing, a piece of scrap fabric, and a bit of batting.

I put the ring upside down with the back facing toward me. On top of that I put my piece of fabric. It should be aprox 6×6 inches. I just estimated. The batting was about 5.5×5.5

I then began to gather the batting and the fabric in a circular motion.

Keep gathering until all sides are gathered and it fits perfectly in the ring. Just don’t let go quite yet!

Take thread and needle to secure the fabric. Don’t worry, it’s doesn’t have to look pretty, it will be covered. Just make sure it’s sewn enough so it won’t come undone.

Put your cardboard backing in. I secured it with some hot glue, so it wouldn’t come out.

Take a 3″ piece of ribbon and attached it to the back with hot glue.  I love me some hot glue.

Now they are done and ready to hang. I just used some clear push pins, I bet you can go fancier if you’d like. I was just doing my best to work with what I had around the house.

Pretty and functional. I love taking stuff off my desk and putting them on the walls!

Happy crafting!


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  1. I need something like this. I constantly lose needles in our carpet. Safe, I know.

  2. those are really cute…I love circles!! Thanks for linking up to "AP Tuesdays!!"

  3. Love it – pretty and functional. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday! http://www.craftedition.blogspot.com

  4. OMG, love it…what a great idea. I've got some rusty, crusty ones that I could paint and use for this.

  5. Wow, what a fabulous idea!! I think I just might make this… thanks for the inspiration!


  6. SOOOO CUTE!!! I love it!! Thanks for joining my party, hope to see you back next week!!


  7. Oh my goodness! Those are so darling. I am going to feature them on my Friday Favorites!

    {tatertots & jello}

  8. Those are wonderful. What an excellent idea. I can never find my pin cushion but if they are on the wall I will never loose them. Great idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Fabulous idea! I can't wait to try it!!

  10. what a good idea! I'm going to do this just because it's pretty!

  11. I love this idea for my craft room! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Cute idea. I love the colours!!

  13. loves it! great idea and it looks so fun and funky!

  14. Fabulous idea! I have been needing one, or ten.

  15. Very cute!

  16. I LOVE THIS. In fact, I love everything I've seen so far on your blog.

    39 hooks and two bars to hold earrings!

  17. Ok, so you're gonna think I'm a spaz. My comments make no sense. I was trying to paste "thank you for linking this to a Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts" at the bottom, and instead it said stuff like "39 hooks and two bars to hold earrings!"

    (it's because I am featuring you tomorrow, and I was working on that at the same time I was leaving you comments. I'm a clumsy multitasker)

  18. i love those! i may make them even though i rarely use needles….

  19. Very, very cute! Darn, I just got rid of some cans…will have to see if I've got more around here. I like this idea a lot. Thanks for sharing!

  20. DUH!! This is awesome!! I would never have thought of that!! You ROCK!!

  21. Can lids! That is a great idea! They look so cute on the wall! Love it! Thanks for linking up!

  22. What a wonderful idea.. I have to gather things together to make some. Thanks for the idea..

  23. Fabulous idea!

  24. Oooh!! I like these.. I like them a LOT! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing- great inspiration.


  25. Thank you for sharing this idea. Great idea.

  26. This is awesome!

  27. Wonderful idea!! Love them! I will have to do this as well near my sewing area!

  28. What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to get one hanging in my living room. Thanks so much.

  29. What a wonderful idea!!! They are just adorable! Thanks for sharing how you made them 🙂

  30. Found your blog from the linky party at craft eNVy. This is a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

  31. I love this! I want those for my craft room! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Spotlights!

  32. VERY CUTE! I love the fabric you used! 🙂

  33. That is such a cute idea! I love the fabric you used!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

  34. Simple and darling. I love it! Thanks for such a great idea.

  35. Anonymous says:

    I just have to make one of those. thanks for the instructions. just found your blog and i am looking forward to more.

  36. So cute! I featured them today!


  37. I discovered your blog while reading Tatertots and Jello and had to stop by to tell you what a great idea your pin cushions were. Thanks for sharing the idea.


  38. So creative – I love them! Thanks again for stopping by and linking to the Sunday Showcase! Hope you have a great week! I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  39. Too cute! Love this idea.

    Sent over by Tatertots & Jello. 🙂

  40. Fantastic idea! I am going to do this!

  41. So cute! I love this project. I am bookmarking it for when I actually have a sewing/craft space!

  42. What a great idea! I need one of these, thanks for the tute!

  43. Oh they're adorable, love the bright colours!

  44. Those are so cute and puffy! I love them. What a way to transform a space. Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

  45. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing your post for Friday Favorites!

  46. Genius! I love this one. I might have to make a few and stick them around my room, I always seem to be looking for a pincushion. These are great because they lie flat. I never thought about that until now, but the bird and tomato pincushions I have are always rolling all over the place.

  47. great idea for a craft / sewing room!

    thanks for linking up!

  48. I love this idea! I scrounged up a few canning lids to use for this 🙂 I can't wait till they are up on my walls!

  49. So cute! I love it! I have plenty of jars around, I'll have to try this.

  50. This is just what I needed. My husband needs a needle sometimes and we stick one in the calendar corner( which is not safe).This idea is great. They'll be all over my house now!

  51. These are so great!!! I do have a question though, couldn't you use the lid that fits in the bands instead of cardboard? Or will the glue not stick to the lids? Either way, I'm making some!

  52. Those are cute! I like that they decorate and function. I also love storing stuff on the wall, clear up the surface space. Great idea and execution! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  53. What a nice tutorial on making the Hanging Pin Cushion. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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