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I love my finger pincushions. They’re dainty and indispensable.

Machine or Hand

These are great for machine piecers (left), and hand piecing snobs (right).


They even work for lefties!

I wear a finger pincushion when I am machine piecing, when I am hand piecing, and sometimes when I am not sewing at all. (Ooops!)

If you forget to take one off when you leave the house, Monkey says you should try to wear one that matches your outfit.

They are fun to make, so there’s no excuse not having one to match.

There are written instructions in a few Inklingo Shape Collections, but they are so simple you can probably just watch the movie (70 seconds).


1 minute how-to

What I used:

  • scraps of cotton fabric
  • Inklingo Circles – printed 1.5 inch circles on fabric  (named with the finished size)
  • rotary cutter and mat (Use scissors if you prefer.)
  • quilting thread for a running stitch to gather the circles
  • finger-sized spool of thread
  • scraps of batting (Silk is v v nice.)
  • 1/8 inch elastic
  • tweezers to coax the elastic through little holes
  • a bit of patience (see above)
  • big buttons
  • glue gun and hot glue

Russ listened to the William Tell Overture over and over again. (Licensed from Unique Tracks) It’s okay because he laughed when he saw the final result.

We have written about circles before, here.

You could WIN

Leave a comment before Tuesday March 6 to be in a drawing for one of my pincushions, okay? If you don’t win, you can make lots of finger pincushions for yourself and for friends anyway.

This was not on the official To Do list, but it was a nice break. Can you tell I was having fun?

We’ll be back soon with more about the winners in the EQ/Inklingo Love the Lines Contest too. Thanks for visiting.

Linda & Monkey

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289 Responses to “How to make Finger Pincushions”

  1. Dorothy Hodges says:

    I want one of those cute and handy pincushions. Please let me win or I will have to make my own. Thanks, Linda, for every thing.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Saw your finger pincushions, watched the YouTube video, and have made 25 (so far) for my sit and stitch group. Thanks for the info and video!

  3. […] lugging a large pincushion with you is a waste.  I saw a video on how to make a finger pincushion here and thought I’d take a stab at it.  I LOVE IT!  It’s so handy to use and so small and […]

  4. Kathleen Kirby says:

    This would be a great project to try with my grandaughter some time.
    Kathy Kirby

  5. Linda says:

    Hi Diane, You are right. Hand quilting, hand piecing, machine piecing, mending (hate that). They are useful and pretty.

  6. Diane Johnston says:

    What a useful tool when hand quilting. So easy to make too. Great gift for quilt groups.

  7. […] friend, Linda, who is the genius behind Inklingo.  In fact, you absolutely must visit her blog and view the little video she did about making them.  Cute.  And well worth watching.  She even has an Inklingo […]

  8. Laura Davis says:

    great idea! Cute, easy and useful!

  9. […] What I’ve already started using is the button finger pincushion. It’s dainty and not heavy and just plain fun. The note that came with it refers to the wonderfully funny Oscar-Awaiting movie “How to make a Finger Pincushion” which can be seen here. […]

  10. Brenda Gatley says:

    Adorable – please enter my name in the contest – thank you

  11. Sandy Boyette says:

    those are so easy to make. Love them

  12. Linda says:

    I KNEW there had to be a better use for my hot glue gun and all that elastic I’ve had stored in drawers from the days when I sewed garments. Oh – and for the bazillion buttons I’ve collected! Thanks for the tutorial Linda!

  13. Barbara in MI says:

    I look forward to making some. I have thought recently they looked like a good idea.

  14. What fabulous video! (And idea!) Clever monkey!

  15. Glenda says:

    Making a finger pincushion is a cute and useful idea. Perhaps you could come up with some other small gift type ideas for using inkling shapes. Sometimes we need something small and quick to do, just to keep our creative juices flowing while we decide on our next large project.

  16. Cindy Luedeman says:

    I love the idea – I just have to try it.

  17. Jackie says:

    What a great idea and your video was perfect, even I could make one. Thank you so much for sharing.

  18. Linda says:

    All of the comments so far will be entered in the draw later today, but that’s it, okay?
    There will be 11 prizes! One for every 25 entries.

  19. April says:

    Those are so precious! I love the video… I thought these out of my comfort zone, but apparently not. With Monkey’s encouragement, so much is possible. 😀 Thanks so much!

  20. Teresa Whisson says:

    LOVE the video and I would Love to win one of your pincushions!

  21. ctextiles says:

    dear linda,
    What a great idea! I love pincunshions, I already have finger pincushions but those ones are so clever ans so simple to make!
    thank you for sharing!
    Marie (from France)

  22. Bonnie St. Louis says:

    Great pincushion and fantastic video!

  23. Pat D says:

    Linda you’re just the best! Great job with the video! And I was just in Paris and took my inklingo hexies with me and put a few together at my favorite place to sit and stitch the Place des Voges! Thanks for all you do for us!

  24. Leena P says:

    How cute (pincushion ring)! How funny (the video)! Thanks!

  25. Tamara McDermaid says:

    What a fun tutorial…Thanks!

  26. Robin says:

    Love the video! Great instructions! And of course Monkey! Awesome actor!

  27. beth says:

    LOVE these !!! I think they are just what my outfit was lacking 🙂 Now I’ve got to go looking for all the necessary supplies so I can make me one or two or……;)

  28. SueBQ says:

    Sew Cute! Love the finger pincushions video showing how to make them. I have a couple of these (bottlecap version) but I’ve never seen them made with buttons before. Thanks for the tutorial.
    BTW, the William Tell Overture sounds great!

  29. Debbie says:

    This monkey sees and will do-love the pincushions and the music!

  30. deb m says:

    What a cute idea. I’ve not seen them made with buttons. I made one with a bottle cap and gave it to a friend…i don’t have one myself :c0
    I’ve been wanting to make a sewing kit for my new daughter in law for her birthday in April. This would be a nice addition.

  31. Glenda Busby says:

    The William Tell Overture sounds great at 3 a.m. and it gives great energy to make a button pincushion. I have always made them with bottle caps but these are cuter. Great job.

  32. Judy Gvili says:

    Love the tiny pincushions along with the cute video showing how to make them. This is on my to-do list for the coming weekend. I can’t wait to shower my friends in applique group with these little cuties!

  33. Sue Hodge says:

    The pincushions are very cute. Thanks for the cute video – Monkey!

  34. Raewyn says:

    These are so cute -and look really handy – or should I say – finger-y!

  35. Lianne says:

    What a terrific idea! Excellent for hand piecing an dsmaller than my couch cushion! Love it!

  36. Sharon Jack says:

    love the pincushions. thanks for the instructions… looks easier than using a bottle cap.

  37. Baxter says:

    Meow!! They look like a yummy kitty treat!
    Purrs, Baxter

  38. Nancy Kindlund says:

    They are so cute, would love to win one, count me in!

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