Make a Pincushion

I had two pincushions: one overused one from my grandmother (I don't feel right about 'fixing' it yet) and the infamous tomato. You know the tomato I'm talking about right? The one at every craft store. Practical, but unoriginal and ugly.

Now, I have a cute one made on the cheap. Follow me below…


  • Tealight candle holder (Hobby Lobby)
  • Filling
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue and gun
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

Cut a square piece of fabric about 6 inches by 6 inches. Center the fabric face down on top of the candle holder. Now, squish the filling down into the candle holder.

Twist the edges and fold them all in.

Using a needle and thread, sew the edges together. It doesn't have to be perfect because we'll be using hot glue below.

Squeeze a bunch of hot glue into only the bottom of the candle holder. You don't need to put hot glue along the sides because as you put the pincushion in, the glue will squish up the sides. Holding the pincushion upright, place it into the candle holder and hold down firmly until the glue is dry. 

The Real Deal: The tealight candle holder cost $1. The amount of fabric and filling I used was less than $1. Quite a cute pincushion for $2!

  1. i like this idea! i hope i can find a candle holder like that at goodwill.

  2. I am so going to make one of these.  I have a magnetic pincushion,  but it is sometimes difficult to get hold of the pins.  I like the weighted base on this one.  I can't wait to go home and give this a whirl!  Thanks!!

  3. Found you via Craft Gossip.
    There are so many pincushion ideas out there, but I think this is one of the best.  What a great use for those little dollar shop candle holders.  Beautiful photos and would make a lovely gift.

  4. Two of the little votive holders fell out of my kitchen cabinet the other day.  Now, I know why!  This pin cushion is going to be the perfect gift for my seamtress sister-in-law for Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. This is such a neat little pincushion. Thank you for sharing your idea with us and for writing such an easy to follow tutorial. I can't wait to have a go!

  6. Great idea!  I love the fact that it is on a weighted base!  

  7. You inspired me!!!

  8. Hi Sara!
    I loved so much your project so I made a post about it in my blog.
    Here is the link:
    Hope you'll like it!!

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