How to make Finger Pincushions

I love my finger pincushions. They’re dainty and indispensable.

Machine or Hand

These are great for machine piecers (left), and hand piecing snobs (right).


They even work for lefties!

I wear a finger pincushion when I am machine piecing, when I am hand piecing, and sometimes when I am not sewing at all. (Ooops!)

If you forget to take one off when you leave the house, Monkey says you should try to wear one that matches your outfit.

They are fun to make, so there’s no excuse not having one to match.

There are written instructions in a few Inklingo Shape Collections, but they are so simple you can probably just watch the movie (70 seconds).


Inklingo How to Make a Finger Pincushion

1 minute how-to

What I used:

  • scraps of cotton fabric
  • Inklingo Circles – printed 1.5 inch circles on fabric  (named with the finished size)
  • rotary cutter and mat (Use scissors if you prefer.)
  • quilting thread for a running stitch to gather the circles
  • finger-sized spool of thread
  • scraps of batting (Silk is v v nice.)
  • 1/8 inch elastic
  • tweezers to coax the elastic through little holes
  • a bit of patience (see above)
  • big buttons
  • glue gun and hot glue

Russ listened to the William Tell Overture over and over again. (Licensed from Unique Tracks) It’s okay because he laughed when he saw the final result.

We have written about circles before, here.

You could WIN

Leave a comment before Tuesday March 6 to be in a drawing for one of my pincushions, okay? If you don’t win, you can make lots of finger pincushions for yourself and for friends anyway.

This was not on the official To Do list, but it was a nice break. Can you tell I was having fun?

We’ll be back soon with more about the winners in the EQ/Inklingo Love the Lines Contest too. Thanks for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

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291 thoughts on “How to make Finger Pincushions”

  1. I want one of those cute and handy pincushions. Please let me win or I will have to make my own. Thanks, Linda, for every thing.

  2. Saw your finger pincushions, watched the YouTube video, and have made 25 (so far) for my sit and stitch group. Thanks for the info and video!

  3. I KNEW there had to be a better use for my hot glue gun and all that elastic I’ve had stored in drawers from the days when I sewed garments. Oh – and for the bazillion buttons I’ve collected! Thanks for the tutorial Linda!

  4. Making a finger pincushion is a cute and useful idea. Perhaps you could come up with some other small gift type ideas for using inkling shapes. Sometimes we need something small and quick to do, just to keep our creative juices flowing while we decide on our next large project.

  5. All of the comments so far will be entered in the draw later today, but that’s it, okay?
    There will be 11 prizes! One for every 25 entries.

  6. Those are so precious! I love the video… I thought these out of my comfort zone, but apparently not. With Monkey’s encouragement, so much is possible. 😀 Thanks so much!

  7. dear linda,
    What a great idea! I love pincunshions, I already have finger pincushions but those ones are so clever ans so simple to make!
    thank you for sharing!
    Marie (from France)

  8. Linda you’re just the best! Great job with the video! And I was just in Paris and took my inklingo hexies with me and put a few together at my favorite place to sit and stitch the Place des Voges! Thanks for all you do for us!

  9. LOVE these !!! I think they are just what my outfit was lacking 🙂 Now I’ve got to go looking for all the necessary supplies so I can make me one or two or……;)

  10. Sew Cute! Love the finger pincushions video showing how to make them. I have a couple of these (bottlecap version) but I’ve never seen them made with buttons before. Thanks for the tutorial.
    BTW, the William Tell Overture sounds great!

  11. What a cute idea. I’ve not seen them made with buttons. I made one with a bottle cap and gave it to a friend…i don’t have one myself :c0
    I’ve been wanting to make a sewing kit for my new daughter in law for her birthday in April. This would be a nice addition.

  12. The William Tell Overture sounds great at 3 a.m. and it gives great energy to make a button pincushion. I have always made them with bottle caps but these are cuter. Great job.

  13. Love the tiny pincushions along with the cute video showing how to make them. This is on my to-do list for the coming weekend. I can’t wait to shower my friends in applique group with these little cuties!


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