If you are venturing into the world of sewing, whether you are a newbie or a seasoned seamstress, you are going to want a reliable pincushion while you sew. Rather than buying a pincushion, you can always make your own! In the past we have shared a pincushion pattern for a charming cactus pincushion, and our newest DIY pincushion is this beautiful felt flower.
- Sewing Machine
- Pinking Shears
- Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
- Disappearing Ink Pen
- Wool/Wool Blend Felt (purple, green, black)
- Thread (purple, green)
- Sewing Pins
- 3cm Felt Ball (purple)
- Heat n Bond Adhesive
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Cut an 8 x 8″ square of green felt and Heat n Bond. Iron paper onto felt, follow the instructions on the package.
- Place the second square of felt on top and iron together. This creates a double thick piece of felt for the leaves.
- Pin the template (at the bottom of the post) to the felt.
- Cut leaves out of felt.
- Sew around the edges of the leaves.
- Using the template as a visual guide, draw the leaf details with a disappearing ink pen.
- Sew over these lines.
- Finish sewing all the details and then trim around the edge of the leaves, if needed.
- Cut 12 petal shapes according to the template.
- Sew pairs together as close to the edge as possible, trimming edges if necessary.
- Stuff the petals with poly-fill.
- Use hot glue to close the ends of the petals.
- Cut a 1 x 4.5″ strip of black felt and cut the edge with pinking shears.
- Fringe the strip of felt with sharp scissors.
- Glue three petals to leaves, pressing down firmly as hot glue cools.
- Repeat with the other three petals.
- Wrap fringe around the felt ball and glue in place.
- Glue the ball to the center of the flower.
- Insert sewing pins into the flower center.
Follow the photo tutorial below for a visual guide to making this DIY pincushion!
You should be able to find a nice selection of felt at your local craft store, and some of our favorite sources are Benzie Design, Felt on the Fly and A Child’s Dream Come True. We also found our felt ball from Benzie. If you want to turn this homemade pincushion into a wrist pincushion, you can easily sew an elastic band to the bottom of the flower. For more guidance on sewing projects, find our list of sewing essentials for tackling any sewing DIY.
Browse all of our sewing projects for inspiration on what projects to do next. If you love felt flowers, take a look at our collection of felt flower tutorials. Do you have an idea for a project you’d like to see on the site next? Let us know! Connect with the community and leave a comment with your feedback, requests and suggestions. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses of what we’re up to, and head to our membership page to start crafting with us. See you there! ~ Lia & Team