Color Block Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial

We used this great tutorial during Garment Sewing Camp. It was the perfect way to warm up our sewing skills and the wrist pin cushion was such a useful tool for the rest of our sewing projects.

It gave us practice straight stitching, piecing, making a tube and stuffing. Best of all - we were able to use it while we worked on our Yoga Skirts and Infinity Scarves!

Want to make one? Let's go!

Wrist Pincushion Tutorial

Materials:

Cushion Fabric: 4 - 5 inch by 2.5 inch strips of fabric (we used Lily and Loom's On Deck pattern in pre-cut 5 inch Charm Squares)
Wrist Strap Fabric: 1 - 4 inches wide by your wrist measurement plus 4 inches long of fabric (any plain color fabric will do!) See Picture 1
Rice (for filling cushions)
Buckle (I like this one-inch size flat buckle)

Tools:

Thread
Hand Sewing Needle
Machine Sewing Needle (75/11 or 80/12 are good sizes)
Pins
Fabric Scissors (my favorite fabric scissors)
Small Funnel (for filling the pin cushion with rice)

Construction Notes:

We used 1/2 inch seam allowances and set our machine's stitch length to 2.2. Always back stitch at the start and finish of seam you sew.

Instructions

Make the Wrist Strap

  1. Placing right sides together, fold the wrist strap fabric in half lengthwise and press with a hot iron. See Picture 2
  2. Sew down the side where the raw fabric edges meet - remember to backstitch at the start and finish. You will now have a fabric tube.
  3. Turn the tube right-side out and press flat with your iron.
  4. To prepare the wrist strap for the clip, fold one short end 1/2 inch and then 1/2 inch and press. Repeat with the other short end. Click for a Pressing Tip and see pictures 3 and 4.
  5. Open up the pressed ends and snip the corners so the last 1/2 inch of the wristband makes a point. See Picture 5

Attach the Buckle

  1. Ensure the clip side of the buckle and the outside of the wristband are lined up before you sew. See Picture 7
  2. With the buckle still in one piece, open up one of the pressed wrist strap ends and slip it through the buckle slot. Fold the fabric on the pressing lines and stitch close to the fabric's folded edge. This will secure the fabric loop the around the buckle. See Picture 6
  3. Repeat to attach the other end of the clip to the wristband. This step be easier if you unclip the already-sewn side of the buckle. Again, just make sure that the outside of the clip is facing the outside of the wrist strap.
Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial Steps 3

Sew the Pin Cushion

  1. Sew the long edge of one 5 x 2.5 inch cushion strips to the edge of another cushion strip. See Picture 8
  2. Repeat with each strip and you will end up with a 8 inch x 5 inch rectangle.
  3. Placing right sides together, fold your rectangle in half so that the 8 inch sides meet. Press. Hint: When your rectangle is folded properly each fabric should only be touching itself, not another strip of fabric. The seams will also meet up. See Picture 9
  4. Sew down the side where the raw fabric edges meet and across one short side, remember to backstitch at the start and finish. You will now have a fabric tube. See Picture 9
  5. Turn the tube right-side out (like a sock) and press flat with your iron. See Picture 10
Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial Steps 3

Attach and Fill the Pin Cushion

  1. Mark the center of the wrist strap by folding it in half (bringing the short ends together) and place a pin at the fold. See Picture 11
  2. Bring the seams of the pin cushion tube's center fabric together, mark the fold with a pin. See Picture 11
  3. Working one long edge at a time, bring the two pins together and stitch the pin cushion tube long edge to the wrist strap long edge. Start sewing from the closed side of the pin cushion tube, stopping 3/4 inch from the open end of the pin cushion tube. See Pictures 12 and 13
  4. Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial Steps 4
  5. Repeat on the opposite side, don't worry about getting the pin cushion tube to lie flat on the wrist strap, there should be extra width on the pin cushion tube. See Pictures 14 through 16
  6. Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial Steps 5
  7. Put the funnel into the open end of the pin cushion tube and fill with rice, stopping a little before where your stitching ends. See Pictures 17 and 18
  8. Fold the raw edges of the pin cushion tube inward and pin in place. Sew along the edge, closing the pin cushion tube and in the process attaching it to the wrist strap. See Pictures 19 and 20
Wrist Pin Cushion Tutorial Steps 6
Congratulations! You have a shiny new Wrist Pin Cushion!!

Wrist Pin Cushion Step Out Images Part 2

Pressing Tip: I use a Dritz EZ Hem Gauge to measure and press that first half inch. Since it's metal, you can iron right on it! Avoid burning your fingers by setting the ruler 1/2 inch from your fabric edge, press down on the ruler and use your iron to push the fabric over making the crease and press.