Who doesn’t need one? Last night I started looking into various online versions of wrist pincushions, and figured that if I add a bit of velcro here and there, I can make one that’s a little bit more versatile.
Here is the result. Basically, you can either use it as is, on your wrist OR remove the actual pin cushion and use it on it’s own. But I’m pretty sure you got that part.
- Fabric for the pin cushion
- Fabric for the wristband (or you could just use a wide enough ribbon – about 4 cm – as I did for the above version)
- Button for decoration (optional)
- Hand sewing needle
- Matching thread
- Stuffing for the pin cushion (e.g. quilting wadding, fabric scraps)
- Velcro, ca 7cm long piece (ideally in a colour matching the fabric – I had to make do with white below)
- Fabric marker
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Something round to use when tracing the pincushion fabric pieces (I used a small weight – see below)
Making the pincushion
1. Trace and cut out 2 pieces in whatever size/shape you like. I used this weight to get a nice even, round shape.
2. Cut one piece of Velcro – this is the piece that will attach the pincushion to the wristband, so make it about 4cm long. Stitch the soft piece to the right side of the pincushion piece that will make up the bottom part. Save the other piece of the Velcro for later.
6. This step is optional, but it’s quite a nice touch to add a button to the pincushion. It also makes it a little bit firmer, which helps hold the needles in place better. Just centre the button on top, and stitch it to the pincushion. Make sure to go right through the pincushion, and pull the thread tight.
It might be a little bit difficult because of the Velcro bit on the bottom, but you can always stitch around it – the bottom doesn’t have to look great.
Pin cushion done! Now, on to the…
7. Cut a piece of fabric for the wrist band. I decided I wanted a 4cm wide wrist band, and cut a piece that was 10cm wide, including a 1cm seam allowance. To get the length, measure your wrist. Please note that the ends need to overlap at least the width of your Velcro tape. Also add 2cm to each end, 4cm in total, for hemming the ends.
12. Position the Velcro pieces to the ends of the wristband. For comfort, add the soft part to the wrong side, and the scratchy part to the other end of the right side of the wrist band (see below). Stitch them in place.
13. Final thing! Position and stitch in place the Velcro piece which will attach the pincushion to the wristband. You will have saved this from earlier. Put the wristband on, and make sure the Velcro piece is stitched so it lies flat on the top of the wrist.
You can also attach it to the top handle of your sewing machine!
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