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

New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Quick Start (Always FREE.) There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

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291 thoughts on “How to make Finger Pincushions”

  1. Cute project! I like the suggestion of wearing one the matches your outfit in case you forget to take it off when you go out. 🙂

  2. Loved the video! I want your monkey! So glad Donna shared this on FB, the highlight of my day so far.

    aka, Donna’s neighbor

  3. I totally love your tutorial – and your cute friend that helped. I have a retreat in April. I’m sure I could manage a few to give to friends… thanks very much!

  4. Yes, I suppose this would be so much better than leaving the pins on the bed of the machine to get pushed off onto the table or the floor! I must try one! (or win one would work too”)

  5. Love this idea! The button is so much better than the one with the soda bottle cap. Much lighter and easier to work with. Thank you for the tut(orial).

  6. I think I will try this method and see which I like best…I wish I had some lovely silk batting leftovers…I will have to call some of my long arm quilting friends and see if they have a few scraps just taking up room! LOL

  7. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m going to make one for my sister. I’m sure she is going to love it. Heck I’ll make one for myself if I’m not lucky enough to win one.

    Great idea and please keep them coming.

    Thanks for sharing
    Upstate Ny

  8. This is my first visit to your site. Looks like a great place for some great tips! 🙂 LOVE the finger pin cushion and the music is so fun too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Now that is so very cool, and looks easy enough that I could do it!! What a cute video, instructional and fun, and I love Monkey!!

    Jenny in Florida

  10. Wow! What fun. I think I will have to have grandchildren make these for presents for Christmas this year!! Put on a fast Christmas carol and see how many they can make. Thanks for the idea- of course, I’d love to have one to show first!

  11. What a great tutorial. I can’t wait to make a bunch to give as quick gifts. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  12. Love the video — and the idea of a finger pin cushion. I’m addicted to my wrist cushion and this would even be more convenient, I think. I’ll have to dig out my button jar! Thanks so much. Jan

  13. I LOVE the video, and I laughed out loud at Monkey with the pincushion earrings, etc. I may just have to go digging through my old button box to see if I can find any big buttons!

  14. Great video, I really enjoyed it. I love diamond rings but I have more need for one of these. Wonderful idea! I know what I’ll be doing tomorrow. I’ll be going thru my button jar. Thank you, I love quick fun crafts. ;-> Toni Anne

  15. Monkey has found his niche! Love the pin cushions and will make some when we get home from Florida. Thanks, Linda and Russ

  16. I’m a fan and a STILL DJ Slacker but..have great intentions of someday..sigh. The tutorial is too funny. Glad to see that Monkey is not worn out. Really neat tutorial and liked the music too.

  17. These are soooo cute! I have never seen them before. I think I will make one for each of our quilt group-the ladies would be so surprised! Thanks for sharing this neat idea!

  18. This is a really cute idea. It would be fun to make one for all my friends. The tutorial video was fun to watch. Your ideas are amazing.


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