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offset square wrist pincushion tutorial

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offset square wrist pincushion tutorial

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I designed my pig wrist pincushion last summer, and it’s been so useful – I wear it whenever I use my sewing machine. This month’s Whiplash challenge theme is Zakka so I thought a tutorial for my pincushion might fit into that category. I have named this pincushion the Offset Square Wrist Pincushion because it’s made from two squares of fabric, offset before sewing, which results in an interesting shape in the finished pincushion:

wrist pincushions
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wrist pincushion materials

You will need:

2 squares of fabric, each 3.5″
3/4″ width twill tape, approx 10-12″ (depending on the size of your wrist)
3/4″ width Velcro, 1.5″
A small bead or button
Sewing thread in colours to match fabric and Velcro
A small quantity of polyester fibrefill stuffing


  1. Measure the circumference of your wrist and add 3.5″. Cut a length of twill tape to this measurement.
  2. Lay the twill tape down on a flat surface, and fold up 1 inch at one end of the tape. Position the ‘hook’ piece of the Velcro at the same end so it covers the raw edge of the folded tape. Pin in place if required, then sew all around the edge of the Velcro.
    sew velcro to twill tape
  3. Turn the twill tape over so the Velcro is face down. Fold up 1 inch at the other end of the tape and position the ‘loop’ piece of the Velcro over this end so it covers the raw edge of the folded tape. Pin in place if required, then sew all around the edge of the Velcro.
  4. Cut two 3.5″ squares of fabric using scissors or a rotary cutter. Using a fast-fade fabric pen or tailor’s chalk, mark one square (square A) 3/8″ from the edge around all four edges, then mark the centre of each edge. Mark the second square (square B) with registration points 3/8″ down from the top, at each side.
    mark fabric squares
  5. Position A face up and lay the twill tape along a diagonal of the fabric with the loop side of the Velcro facing up, so that an equal amount of the tape extends over each corner of the fabric. Pin the tape to the fabric.
    pin strap to fabric
  6. Sew the tape to the fabric with a 1.5″ long rectangle in the middle of the fabric and tape (turned over in photo below so you can see the stitching).
    sew strap to fabric
  7. pin strap neatly

    Place B face up with the registration marks at the top edge. Close the wrist strap and pin to itself to keep it out of the way while you sew up the pincushion (see right), then place A face down on top of B. Now offset A by moving it upward until A’s centre marks are aligned with B’s registration marks. Pin the squares together along the right hand side.

    Now, to sew the squares together. You will be stitching 7 lines, each half the length of one side of the square, and then rotating either the upper or lower fabric square before stitching the next line. The fabric you have already sewn will get bunched up while you are sewing, but it will all work out in the end!

    diagram showing starting position for sewing

  8. Starting at the centre of the right edge of A (point a), sew the squares together from a to b. Make sure the sewing machine needle is down, then lift the presser foot. Rotate A so that the next side of A is aligned with the remainder of the first side of B and point c is directly over point d. Pin in place if desired (as the piece is so small, I find it easier to just hold the two pieces together and feed them through the machine), then lower the presser foot.
    rotate fabric to sew next side
  9. Sew along this edge until you reach point d. Make sure the sewing machine needle is down before raising the presser foot. Rotate B so the next side is aligned with the remainder of the side of A. Pin if desired, lower the presser foot, then sew along the next edge.
    hold both squares together while sewing
  10. Continue in this way, repeating 8 and 9, until you reach the final side. Leave this side open to turn the pincushion through. Finish off securely.
    before and after turning
  11. Clip the excess fabric from all the corners of the pincushion, then turn it right side out through the open side. It will be a tight fit so be patient with it. You can use a pen or your finger to push out the corners.
  12. Fill the pincushion with fibrefill until it is fairly solid, then fold the seam allowances inside the cushion and hand-stitch the gap closed.
    stuff and hand-sew closed
  13. Thread a needle with both ends of a length of strong sewing thread, leaving the loop of the thread longer than the two ends. Push the needle through the centre of the pincushion from the middle of the cushion top through to the middle of the tape. Do not pull the thread all the way through – leave the loop extending from the top. Insert the needle close to where it came out and stitch back up through the pincushion and through the loop. Pull tight to dimple the centre of the cushion.
    dimple centre of pincushion
  14. Add a small button or bead to cover your stitch and then go back through the pincushion, make one more small stitch on the back and come back through to the top. Unthread one of the two ends from your needle, go through the button or bead once more with the other end. Tie the two ends together and then lose them inside the pincushion.
  15. Attach the pincushion to your wrist, add some pins, and you’re ready to go!
    finished wrist pincushion

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  2. Terri said

    Thank you for this great pattern. I love my little pincushion which was quick and easy to make. I have posted it on my blog with a link back here. I think I will be making some more as gifts. Thanks again for the tutorial.

  3. Tortue said

    Nice and easy to make!Thank you!

  4. La récup said

    Bravo! C’est très joli et pratique

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  7. Barbara Abbott said

    I have been looking for a neat pin cushion for some time now and hey, this fits the bill perfectly. Thank you so much for the idea and tutorial, I must get cracking.

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  9. Ruth Michaels said

    Love the look of this little pincushion. There are 5 of us in our Sew Pals sewing group. We make each person a Christmas gift, plus one for ourselves. This seemingly easy project could be one of my Christmas gifts for 2011. Can’t start too soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. oh sew sweet said

    Just finished your off set wrist pincushion and it’s already being put to use. love the shape, size and tutorial! thanks.

  11. marcela said

    lindo este trabalho voce ja fez almofada com este modelo?

  12. bianca said

    thanks for the great tutorial. My pincushion has a good home on my wrist most of the time. here is a link to a picture.

    • Susan said

      Love this adorable wrist pin cushion. I guess I’m directionally challenged, because it took me a couple of tries to get it right, but delighted with the result. A printer-friendly link would be a great addition, so I wouldn’t have to keep running back & forth between my sewing room and computer room!

  13. odete said

    com que facilidade exexcutei o trabalho apresentado.ficou um amor,e olhe que eu desconhecia o termo,nome e o tipo de alfineteiro. Um abraço e parabens.

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  18. Helene said

    Thank you very much.. I made one today:)

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  20. Annarae said

    I have a Ring pin cushion that I made using soda caps. Stuff some material and hot glue it into cap with a piece of eclectic for your finger.

  21. Hi, I’m from Brazil and I like to browse and learn more with blogging, and thank you for your generosity in sharing with me, with us these beautiful things that both delights us. thank you.

  22. Mindy said

    I just finished this cushion with bright pink and black zebra striped material. I left off the wristband and just made a standalone cushion. It is GORGEOUS and I love it! For beginners, marking your lines and midpoints is crucial. This is such a great piece and super quick to finish! It is extremely easy to change the size of this since it uses only squares. Thanks for the idea!!!!


  23. Anne Everett said

    Mine tirned out really cute. Love it and these clear instructions. Thanks (PS Why do you need our email? Pleeeeease don’t use mine)

    • June said

      All blog comment forms (not just mine) require an email address so the blogger has the option to reply to the commenter. So please don’t worry, Anne; I’d never use your email address without permission!

  24. Terri Ann said

    Thanks so much for sharing this. After a recent misstep in a major project I need a quick & satisfying finish and this pin cushion is certainly the one I needed!

  25. Trudy H. said

    this looks like a really good tutorial and wrist pincushion…can’t wait to make it

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