Free domestic shipping on orders over $75

Free Pin Cushion Project with Rachel Low!

Posted by Rachel Low on Mar 9th 2015

We're continuing craft month with a super special guest! Please welcome  Rachel Low, author of Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion! Rachel is here to share a FREE project inspired by her new book. Take it away, Rachel!

There is a ton of excitement when first getting started to SEW - - especially among the new generation of stitchers that sew at my studio,  Pins & Needles in New York City. These are the girls who inspired my first book - -  Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion. The book is filled with lots of fun and creative ways to make and style an outfit for some of your favorite activities...going to school, hanging with friends, having a slumber party, enjoying some summer fun and even going to a party!

One of our go-to first time projects among this new “stylish” stitcher is a pin cushion. Here is a DIY to stitch up a fashionable one...


4 different scraps of fabric - at least 7”X5”

1 sheet of colored felt

Heat N Bond (fabric adhesive)



Frixion Pen (fabric marking tool)

Complementary Thread

Hand Sewing Needle

Sewing Machine


Appliqué Pattern




Step 1:

Download and print the pattern sheet for your four patchwork pieces and cardboard. Cut out. each You can also create your own pattern by drawing a 6”X4” rectangle on a blank sheet of paper. Cut the cardboard into a rectangle measuring 5.5”X3.75”. Print out the sheet of appliqués and cut out one of your choice.

Step 2:

Pin and trace your pattern onto one of your fabrics. Cut out and follow the same steps for the other three fabrics.

Step 3:

With right sides together pin two of the rectangles at the long edge and sew together. Press your seams flat. Follow the same step for the other two rectangles.

Step 4:

Trace the appliqué pattern onto the Heat N Bond and cut out leaving about a 1/2” around. Iron the Heat N Bond onto the back of the felt and cut out the appliqué shape.

Follow the directions for the Heat N Bond (or fabric adhesive of your choice) and iron onto one of the pairs of fabrics sewn. Stitch around appliqué to secure in place.

Step 5:

With right sides together pin two pairs of fabric together. Sew around three sides, leaving one short side open. Press seams flat and cut corners.

Step 6:

Turn right side out through unsewn side. Through the open side place the cardboard along the bottom - this will prevent the pins from going through. Stuff and pin opening closed. Sew using a blind stitch or whipstitch.

Happy Stitching!!

Want to win a copy of Rachel's new book? Enter here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway