Circular Template - Your finished pincushion will be about half as big as your template. I made the tiny pincushion with a 5 1/2-inch circular template from Creative Grids. The large pincushion was make with a dinner plate that measures 8 1/2-inches.
Fabric - Wide enough to accomodate your circular template. The fabric used for the tiny pincushion is a 19th Century Reproduction Fabric from Windham Fabrics. The fabric used for the large pincushion is a lovely print from Yuwa Fabrics.
Wool Felt - I used plant dyed wool felt that I purchased from A Child's Dream Come True.
Fabric Scissors - For cutting the fabric, I used my beloved 8-inch Gingher Dressmaker Shears, but of course you can use any kind of sharp scissor.
Fabric Marker - For tracing circle onto the back of your fabric. I always prefer to use a sharp pencil to mark my fabric.
Hand Quilting Thread - Hand quilting thread is very strong so you can pull the top of the pincushion very tight without worrying about your thread breaking.
Embroidery Thread - This should match or compliment your wool felt. I used Valdani's Pearl Cotton #12 because it has a beautiful sheen and comes in the perfect colors.
Sharp Embroidery Needle
Stuffing - I used Natural Cotton Stuffing which works very well for pincushions because you can get the cushion to be very dense and solid with it.
1. Trace circle on back of fabric with pencil. Use your fabric shears to cut on drawn line.
2. Turn edge of circle about 1/4 inch to the wrong side and secure it with a gathering stitch. (A gathering stitch simply goes in and out of the fabric so that when you pull the thread you create gathers.)
3. Pull the thread as you go.
4. Once you've gone all the way around, pull thread taut, but leave an opening in the top. Leave thread on the needle, do not tie off.
Voila!These simple pincushions make a sweet gift for anyone who likes to sew. Make the gift extra special by including a box of Clover's Glass Head Fine Patchwork Pins (my favorite!).