Pincushion Ring

Posted by julia on Friday, October 12th, 2012

 Hi, my name is Julia from Arcadia Cotton and I'm excited to share this super quick and easy pincushion tutorial with you.  Once you've gathered your supplies, this pincushion can be made in 10 minutes!

Printable Version

Supplies you'll need:

  • Small Piece of Fabric
  • Needle & Thread
  • Batting
  • Bottle Cap
  • Glue (I prefer E6000)
  • Trim (optional)
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Ring Base

The metal ring base can be found in a package like this in the jewelry-making section of most local fabric or craft stores.

The first step is to spray paint your bottle cap if you'd like.  This step is completely optional.  I chose to spray paint mine aqua.


After the paint dries, you have the option to glue a small decorative trim around the edge.  I used Riley Blake Designs .25 inch Crochet Lace in Aqua.


Next, you'll glue on the ring base.  You'll need a strong adhesive, such as E6000, for this.


While the glue is drying, you'll switch gears and start working on the pincushion.

To start with, you'll want to trace approximately a 5" circle on the wrong side of your fabric. (I used Riley Blake Designs Small Navy Dot and Dress Up Days Grape Chevron by Doohikey Designs). 

To trace your circle, you can use a small bowl or plate, or any other circular object as long as it is about 5" in diameter.

Now cut out the circle.  It should look like this.


Next, you'll want to turn the fabric wrong side facing up and press the edges under roughly 1/4" - 1/2".  This doesn't need to be exact - you can simply eyeball it like I did here.


Now you'll thread your needle, using a double thickness of thread.  You'll be doing some tugging as you close up the pincushion and you don't want the thread to break. 

Sew a running stitch along the outside edge of the circle - again, it doesn't need to be perfect - it won't be seen on the finished pincushion.


Now, as you come full circle with your running stitch, go ahead and pull on the thread so that the circle starts to close up.  Leave a small opening to stuff the batting into.


Go ahead and stuff the batting into this opening, using enough batting to create a fairly firm ball, but still making sure you can close the opening completely.

Now pull your needle tight, closing the opening, and stitch it closed.  I knot it several times for good measure.

Now all that's left is to add a big glob of glue to the inside of your bottle cap.  I cover the entire inside surface with the glue.  You'll then glue the small opening part of the pincushion to this glue-covered inside surface of the bottle cap. 

Push it down, holding it for a minute, then leave it out to dry.  And there you have it - you're done!

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Category: Pincushions


  1. Julia. I love this! I can't wait to make these. You can bet I will be wearing these at Quilt Market. Did you get the rings at a craft store?
    by Kimberly Cloward Goeckeritz
    October 12th, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.
  2. Super!!!Very pretty and an easy one....Love to try it out soon...Thanks for the tuts...
    by nirmala
    October 12th, 2012 at 8:05 p.m.
  3. Kimberly, yes, you can get the rings in the jewelry section at Joann's or Michaels...any store that has a jewelry making section.
    by Julia
    October 16th, 2012 at 9 p.m.
  4. I linked to this blog post here: Thought you'd like to know that you inspired me. :)
    by Amy W
    March 09th, 2014 at 10:14 p.m.

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