Necklace Box Pin Cushion

Posted by StacyO on Friday, February 8th, 2013

Main Tut Photo

Course Instructor: Stacy Olson of Freshly Handmade

Hi! I'm Stacy of Freshly Handmade and I am so glad to bring you this great pin cushion tutorial that is not only easy, but super functional. I wanted to create a pin cushion that would also carry the essential notions needed for when I am hand-sewing quilt binding. I hope you take a stab at one of your own.


  • (a)  small dots red - 3" W x 5.25" H
  • (b)  small dots orange - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (c)  small dots yellow - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (d)  small dots green - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (e)  small dots aqua - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (f)   small dots navy - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (g)  small dots lavendar - 1.5" W x 5.25" H
  • (h)  small dots hot pink - 3" W x 5.25" H
fabric pieces

  • Necklace box with polyester batting - approx. 8" x 2"
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scotch's double stick tape - 1/2" wide
  • Fabric glue (flexible and permanent)
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Acrylic ruler or tape measure 


1)  Remove polyester batting from box.
2)  Apply hot glue to center of the box top.
3)  Center and press polyester batting on the box top. Set aside.

glue batting

stitch fabric

4)  Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew all the fabric pieces together along the long edge in the following order: red, orange, yellow, green, aqua, navy, lavendar, hot pink. Press seams to one side.

fabric sewn

5)  Using an acrylic ruler or measuring tape, measure 1" from the first seam (where red meets orange) and place a pin vertically. Measure 1" from the last seam (where lavendar meets hot pink) and place a pin vertically.

measure 1"

6)  Flip fabric over so wrong side is facing up. Center box top with wrong side of fabric using pins as guides.

center box

7)  Apply double stick tape along the long sides of box top (on the outside). Press side of fabric along the long edge.

tape sides

8)  Apply fabric glue along the inside long edge of the box top. Fold fabric over to the inside of the box top. Repeat steps on the other long edge side.

glue sides

9)  Move to the ends of the box. Apply fabric glue to the box side and fold in the ends.
10)  Apply more fabric glue and fold down flap.
11)  Apply fabric glue to the inside of the box and fold fabric down again.
12)  Repeat on other end. Allow to dry 24 hours. You’re done!
glue ends

The necklace box is perfect for holding the essentials like a small scissors, thread, needles, a needle threader and seam ripper. 

Pin Cushion Open 2

This design would work with any fabric combination and would be a great project to use up some scraps. Try it out and make it your own. I'd love to hear from you if you do. Visit my blog and let me know. Thanks!

-- Stacy

Category: Pincushions


  1. I like your work. Thank you for sharing.
    by Eda Kalay
    February 08th, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.
  2. Huh! I am loving this idea! What a great repurpose project . . . I think I'm going to make one. I have a square box but it should still work! Thank you for sharing :)
    by Kathy
    February 08th, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.
  3. That is a pretty kool idea..
    by Lis Martion
    February 08th, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.
  4. Love this idea
    by Rebecca
    February 11th, 2013 at 12:48 p.m.
  5. That is an interesting and eco-idea. Thanks for your sharing.
    by joannelaw
    February 11th, 2013 at 8:39 p.m.
  6. It´s very nice. Best wishes Heike
    by Heike
    February 12th, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.
  7. Beatiful!!!! hugs Maria Filomena, to Portugal
    by filomenacrochet
    March 06th, 2013 at 5:55 a.m.
  8. I love this pattern. I am thinking about what I will use in place of the necklace box. Thanks for sharing.
    by ladymax
    April 15th, 2013 at 3:19 p.m.
  9. Sweet! Will use on my next gift box. Thanks for sharing.
    by Charlene
    April 08th, 2014 at 12:16 p.m.
  10. Very smart idea, because the classic tomato/strawberry pincushion is unstable and needs both hands to stick a pin in it.
    by Mr. Grumpy
    June 06th, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.

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