Traditionally pin cushions were tabletop small cushions in the shape of a square used to hold pins. Since then times have changed and pin cushions have developed and expanded to different types and styles. One of the styles is a finger pin cushion.
Finger pin cushions are great for tricky work, small work areas and fiddly situations. Things such as dress fittings, patchwork and applique can be intricate and need something small and easy to use such as a finger pin cushion.
I decided to give it a go and honestly, I can’t stop making them.
Here is how to make a finger pin cushion…
Tools & Equipment
- 3 inch squared – 3.5 inched squared piece of fabric
- Small Scissors
- Colour matching thread
- Pin cushion filling
- Pointed tool – chopsticks, knitting needle etc
How To Make A Finger Pin Cushion
Depending on the size of your finger or the person the finger pin cushion is intended for will depend on the size square.
If you have smaller fingers I would go for the 3 inches squared and if you have larger hands go for the 3.5 inches squared. You can always adjust the fit at the end if you need to.
This sizing includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Cut out one 3-inch by 3-inch square of fabric. This can be in any type of fabric, I prefer to use cotton as it is simple, easy to use and durable.
Make sure to wash and iron your fabric beforehand, though this is a great project for scrap pieces of fabric.
Start by folding the square in half diagonally to create a triangle. Fold with right sides together as this will later be turned out.
Pin or clip into place ready to sew. Make sure to leave a gap on one of the edges so you can turn it right way out.
Sew down both sides but leave roughly a 3/4 inches gap on one side to turn through. No matter which way you decide to sew, remember to backstitch on your first stitch.
This will give strength to the stitches and make your pin cushion more durable.
You can sew these by hand if you don’t have a machine handy or prefer hand sewing.
Be sure to double over your thread and run through a wax strengthener to make the finger pin cushion stronger and longer-lasting.
Once you have sewn down each side you want to trim the corners. Cut across the main point to trim down as much excess fabric as possible.
This will create a nice crisp point and won’t make your seam buckle and frumpy.
Turn through your fabric using the gap you left earlier, you might want to use a sharp tool to help you.
I decided to use the end of my crochet hook as it wasn’t too sharp but had a good point that created a sharp crisp corner.
Use the tool to make the corners pointy and make sure all your edges are fully pushed through.
If you really want to be neat or if you are making these to sell make sure you iron before stuffing. This will help the seams looks crisp and it can also help create a more clear form and shape.
It’s also great for pushing seams to the edge and create a lovely seam edge.
Start stuffing your finger pin cushion, this can be the most fun part but also frustrating. Due to the small size of the pin cushion it can be a little fiddly.
If you are using a poly filler/cushion filling to stuff your finger pin cushion, make sure you break it up into small sections.
Pushing through smaller sections at a time will make the overall stuffing even distributed and softer. It will also create less bulk and bumps than stuffing larger sections in at one time.
Use the tool to help push the stuffing to the corners of the finger pin cushion. Remember to pack plenty in as you want plenty of padding to hold your pins while you work.
Sew up the open edge. The second to last step on how to make a finger pin cushion is actually my favourite. I love hand sewing so I made my first finger pin cushion by hand sewing.
Using sewing clips are easy and simple and can make certain jobs quicker.
They are especially great for bulkier jobs such as patchwork and bindings.
You want to pin or clip the open edge together, making sure the outside edge is neat. Sew together using a slip stitch pulling the edges together.
I also found top stitching all-around useful as it gave the pin cushion more stability and durability.
Once you have sewn up the open edge you can curve the triangle around and hold together.
Before sewing together in place measure around your finger or the person it is made for and check the sizing.
Hold in place with a clip or by hand and sew into place. You can do this on the machine or by hand. I preferred to do mine by hand as I could make the stitches neater and hide them.
That’s it! You have made your very own finger pin cushion. Simple right? Now you will probably want to make around 5 thousand!
I hope this tutorial on how to make a finger pin cushion has been helpful and let me know in the comments how you got on and what projects you used yours for.