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Pin Cushion

This is a fun, easy craft for children of all ages. Younger children might need a bit of help from Mom (or Dad!) when getting started. Sewing is excellent for improving fine motor skills and exercising the hand muscles. Follow our easy step by step instructions to learn how to mkae your own pin cushion.

Step-by-step on how to make a cushion, presented by: Crafty Corner

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What you will need to sew a cushion
  • Felt - two colours
  • Thin ribbon for sewing
  • Fabric glue or jewel glue
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle (a needle with a sharp point and big eye)
  • Stuffing (old bits of fabric will do)


Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft. Make sure you have everyting you will need at hand and your working area is clean and tidy. Cover your surface with plastic or brown paper.

Learn the basics of sewing and strengthen those little hands!
Making this cushion is a very good occupational therapy craft, as the art of gripping the needle and having to wiggle it a bit to get it through the cloth is exceptionally good for the hands.

Tip: Depending on the age of your child, you can draw little dashes on the cloth for them to know where to sew, and you can even use a big needle to pre-make the holes for your child if their hands are not strong enough.

Step 1

Apply a small dot of glue to the back of your little circle to hold it in place while sewing.

dot of glue

Step 2

Stick the dot to the front of your flower. Hold the dot down for a few minutes as the glue takes a while to bond.

stick the dot to the flower

Step 3

Thread the thin ribbon through the needle and tie a knot at the bottom end of the ribbon. Start sewing from the back of the flower so the knot prevents the ribbon from pulling through.

thead the needle

Step 4

Sew the dot onto the front of the flower using a taking stitch. Go in from the back and leave about 3mm space and in the front and out the back leave 3mm space, and back in from the back.

sew the flower

Step 5

Apply glue to the back of the flower, and glue it to the one square of felt.

glue back

Step 6

Marking the flower where the sewing will be makes doing this much less daunting for little kids.

marking the flower

Step 7

Sew the flower to the square.

sew the flower

Step 8

Sew the two squares together on three sides.

Step 9

Fill the cushion up with old bits of fabric or stuffing.

Step 10

Sew the last open edge closed.

Step 11

Stick pins into the flower and hang your rings on it.

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