Yesterday my husband and I were antiquing (It was my husband's idea!) and I came across an old homemade pincushion that looked pretty simple to make. It was basically a round beanbag with yarn wrapped around it -- kind of like a stuffed Trivial Pursuit piece.
My rendition turned out cheerful and totally useful. I'm happy I finally got to toss my cheapo Wal Mart pincushion.
And here's how to make it.
a 6- or 7-inch bowl
a small amount of fabric
4 14-inch lengths of yarn
a cup or so of uncooked rice
pillow stuffing (I used chunky yarn cause I was out of stuffing)
Tapestry needle (make sure it can fit through the holes of the button)
Trace your bowl onto the wrong side of your fabric. Double up the fabric and cut out the circles.
Fold one circle in half and crease the center of it. Draw a 2-inch line in the center of the crease and make a cut on this line. This is where you will stuff the pincushion.
Put right sides together and sew all the way around the edges. Cut small slits along the edge so that the fabric won't ripple when you have it right-side out.
Turn the pincushion right side out through the hole you cut in the center. Stuff the cushion till it's about halfway full. I didn't have any stuffing so I just used scrap chunky yarn.
Using a funnel, fill the cushion with rice till it's stuffed but not too tightly stuffed.
Stitch up the hole. It doesn't have to be perfect because this seam will be on the bottom and yarn will be covering it.
Take a piece of yarn and double it. Then wrap it around the pincushion and tie it tightly with a square knot on the bottom of the cushion.
Do this with the other three pieces of yarn so it looks like a pie chart. Trim the ends of the yarn.
Thread your darning needle with a piece of yarn and push it up through the bottom of the pincushion so it comes up in the center of the top. Thread the button through and push the needle back down to the bottom. Tie this tightly and secure it with a good square knot. Trim the edges.
Now put pins in your new pincushion and enjoy!