This DIY wrist pincushion post is sponsored by Singer, as part of my brand ambassadorship with them. However, all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me blogging!
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from over a decade of sewing, it’s that sewing is messy. As much as I like to think I’m super organised, that all goes downhill when the sewing machine comes out. Loose threads and fabric scraps fly everywhere, pins scatter over my table and bobbins roll around everywhere… it’s creative chaos!
Last month, I shared a DIY sewing needle wallet which has definitely helped keep my sewing supplies tidy. However, I really wanted a better way to tackle the loose pins that end up EVERYWHERE. Sure, I have a pin cushion that lives next to my sewing machine – but I’m pretty bad at actually using it. If only there was a way I could have the pin cushion permanently available, within easy reach as I sew…
Ta-dah! I designed this wrist pincushion, with an elasticated strap. No excuse not to use it! And the best bit? It’s stuffed with wire wool, so it will sharpen your pins as you use it! How cool is that?
How to sew a wrist pincushion
Supplies and tools
- Sewing machine (I use the Singer 7285Q Patchwork)
- Heavy cotton or canvas fabric
- Matching cotton thread
- Elastic strap
- Wire wool
- To begin, you need to cut out two circles and one long rectangle from your fabric. The circles should be approximately 10cm in diameter. The rectangle should measure 35cm by 6cm.
- Wrap the your elastic strap once around your wrist, making sure it’s slightly stretched. You want it to be tight enough to stay secure, but not so tight that it cuts off the circulation to your hand! When it’s comfortable, make a mark at the point that the elastic ends overlap. This will give you an idea of how long it needs to be. Cut the elastic at the mark you made, so you’re left with a short elastic strap.
- Take one of your fabric circles and place it face side down on your table. Carefully pin the two ends of your elastic strap to the very centre of the fabric circle. Make sure the ends neatly line up, to form the wrist strap shape.
- Using your sewing machine, sew the elastic to the fabric circle (remove the pins as you go). I used my Singer 7285Q Patchwork for this, which has the option for zig-zag stitches. This is perfect for sewing elastic, as the zig-zag stitch will stretch with the elastic – meaning it won’t snap if you over-stretch it.
- Take your other fabric circle and the long rectangle of fabric you cut out earlier. Pin the long side of the rectangle to the curved edge of the circle. When you’ve gone all the way round the circle and the two ends of the rectangle meet, fold the ends outwards (not inwards!).
- Using your sewing machine, sew all the way around the circle using a straight stitch. Try to sew approximately 1cm from the raw edges, removing the pins as you go. This step is a little tricky, so take it slowly! Thankfully, my Singer has a speed control option – I just lower the maximum speed, meaning I don’t need to worry about applying too much pressure on the foot pedal. Easy!
- With the rectangular piece now sewed onto the circular piece, you’ll be left with a small opening/slit on one side. Line these edges up neatly, pin in place and stitch together. DO NOT stitch the entire slit close – just the very top part, as you can see in my photos. This is because we will use this slit to stuff the pin cushion later on!
- You’ll now have two separate pieces: one circle with elastic joined, and one circle with the rectangle joined. The next step is to join these two pieces together. Simply pin the other long edge of the rectangle piece to the circle with the elastic on it. This is very similar to how you joined the first long edge of the rectangle in the previous steps. The main thing to remember here is to ensure the elastic strip is captured inside the two circles! This is because we’ll turn the DIY wrist pincushion inside out in a moment, which will reveal the elastic strip on the outside – ready to wear on your wrist.
- With the two pieces pinned, stitch them together with a straight stitch.
- Turn the entire thing inside out, through the slit you left open in step 7.
- Stuff the wrist pincushion with wire wool. I’d definitely recommend wearing a safety mask and gloves here, as the wire wool creates a lot of dust that you do not want to be inhaling. If you can do this step outside, that’s even better.
- Finally, stitch the slit closed. You’ll need to do this the traditional way: with a needle and thread! Use a hidden ladder stitch (or similar) for the best result.
Is it weird that I’m kinda obsessed with my new DIY wrist pincushion? It’s very satisfying to wear… it makes me feel like a professional haha! I especially love that the wire wool will help keep my pins sharp, so they’ll last much longer. And I’ve finally got a solution to my messy sewing desk problem! Win-win! 🙂
What do you think? Would you like to make your own DIY wrist pincushion? Let me know in the comments below! – Mike.
Don’t forget to share on Pinterest to you can make it later!