DIY Donut Pin Cushion

Hi Deerest Friends,

So as a proud DIY-er I’m always sewing different projects and that also means that I’m always using lots of pins. I have a love hate relationship with pins.  Of course they make sewing easier but I’m constantly dropping them on the carpet (which are never to be found again), accidently stepping on them and sucking them up my poor vacuum cleaner. So one day I realised that maybe a pin cushion would make my life easier. I wanted one that was unique and of course one that I could make myself so I came up with this really fun donut design. Every DIY enthusiast needs a great pin cushion and this DIY pin cushion is easy to make, cute and really handy for any crafty person.

So Let’s Get Started 

You Will Need
– 2 Pieces of Brown Felt
– 1 Piece of Pink Felt (This is imitating the icing of a strawberry donut but you could use another colour such as dark brown for chocolate)
– Lot of Different Thread (You need one colour to match your brown donut felt, one colour to match your icing and a bunch of rainbow colours to make the sprinkles)
– Two Donut/ Wreath Shape Templates of exactly the same size (I drew some on template paper using a plate and a glass to trace around)
– Chalk or a Dressmakers Pencil
– Craft Stuffing
– Pins

Firstly, lay your brown felt on a flat surface and pin you donut templates onto the felt.

Use chalk or a dressmakers pencil to outline the template. One you’ve drawn the outline remove your template and pins. Then using sharp scissors cut around your chalk/ pencil outline until your left with two donut-shaped pieces of felt.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the inner circle of the felt and then sew around three quarters of the outside (don’t cut and tie off your thread and needle yet… just leave it hanging).

Start stuffing your donut evenly throughout. You might need a something to help push the stuffing through (e.g. the end of a wooden spoon). Once you’ve stuffed your pincushion, finish sewing the outside seam using your thread and needle from earlier

Now for the icing. Take a donut paper template from earlier and cut wavy shapes into the outside circle and make the inner circle larger. Once you’ve cut it down pin the template to the pink felt

Using chalk or a dressmaker’s pencil, draw an outline around the template. Once you’ve drawn the outline remove the pins and the template. Using the outline cut out the wavy donut shape from the pink felt

Now to create the sprinkles, sew short thick lines all around the icing in lots of different colours. If sewing the individual sprinkles is a bit too much effort gluing on beads or sequins looks really great as well

Using a basic running stitch (with the same colour thread as your icing) sew the inside and outside edges of your icing felt to the top side of the pincushion. When sewing make you’re your needle is only going through the middle and not through the bottom of the donut. Alternatively, you could use craft glue or a hot glue gun during this step.

And You’re Done!

Although that sounded like a lot of steps and information this pincushion is quite easy to make and is a great first project for someone learning to sew as it involves no machines, teaches two basic stitches and leaves them with a cute pin cushion which will be useful for all their future sewing projects.

If you liked this DIY tutorial comment below and if you have any other DIY ideas you’d like me to attempt let me know 🙂

Thanks guys!