In this sewing tutorial I will show you how to sew a wrist pin cushion bracelet / wristlet and make an easy sewing pattern.
This wrist pin cushion bracelet is not very common, but I really like to use it all the time in my sewing. It is so comfortable when I pin paper pattern pieces to the fabric, or when I take pins out of the cloth. I am so used to it that when I forgot to put it on my wrist, I still try to stick the pins to my bare arm; luckily I almost never complete the operation.
Sewing this pin cushion will not be difficult even for a beginner.
You will need:
- a small piece of yellow or red linen or cotton for the middle of the flower
- a bigger piece of printed cotton for 6 petals and the wrist band
- threads in tone
- 1 plastic plate (not foam)
- stuffing material
- Velcro tape
- fabric glue, scissors
Pin Cushion Bracelet Pattern
The pattern can be easily drawn or, if you prefer, you can download a printable pdf pattern from my Resource Library page. You will need to be a subscriber to my free newsletter for this; if you already are a subscriber, the download link and password are already in the past newsletters. If not, please use the form below to subscribe.
Let me show you how to draw the pattern; it is very easy. For this just use regular paper.
- Draw a circle with the diameter of 8 cm (or 3 ⅛ in), cut it with scissors for paper (not with your sewing scissors). This will be the top (red fabric in my case)
- For the petal pattern draw a rectangle 8 x11 cm ( or 3 ⅛ x 4 ¼ in), cut it, fold it in half along the long side and draw a line as shown in this image. This is in fact a half ellipse, but we are not concerned with geometry now. You don’t even have to be very precise, after all flower petals are not always perfectly symmetric. Cut the petal.
The sewing will be done mostly by hand. Check out my tutorial for beginners Sewing Basics # 2: Learn How to Sew by Hand.
You will need to cut 6 pieces for petals. I used printed quilting cotton for this.
- Fold each piece in half right side of the fabric up.
- Thread your needle with a double thread, cut the thread a little longer than usual. Sew by hand small running stitches along the cutting line.
- Pull the thread, gathering the fabric and making a petal. Don’t cut the thread yet.
- Do the same with the second piece, and with the third, etc. Put all the petals one after another on the same thread.
- So, we got the flower. Fix the first and the last petal with small basting stitches so that the structure does not fall apart.
- Now cut the circle from the red or yellow fabric. Make a running stitch at the very edge of the circle, leaving the thread with the needle.
- Cut a smaller circle (around 4.5 – 5 cm, just under 2″) from plastic. This is absolutely necessary to protect your arm from pricking with pins while using the pincushion. I used the bottom of a spool of thread to mark the circle. DO NOT use foam material, that is easily penetrated by sharp pins.
- Slightly pull the thread, tightly filling the pocket with filler. In the end, insert the small plastic circle you made from a plastic plate, and tighten the thread to the end as much as possible. Secure the thread, but don’t cut it yet. With the same thread, sew the resulting part into the middle of the flower.
How to Make a Wrist Band for the Pin Cushion Bracelet
- Cut a rectangle piece of printed cotton about 9 x 24 cm (3 ½ x 9 ½”, the calculation of the length of the band was made for my hand; this part may have a different length if your wrist is narrower or wider than mine).
- Fold both short ends in about 2 cm (¾”) and press.
- Fold the rectangle with right sides together, baste and stitch with the seam allowances 1 cm (⅜”).
- Turn it right side out, baste and press.
- Topstitch the band.
- Secure small pieces of Velcro tape to each end of the band (so it would overlap for fastening) with a fabric glue and stitch them around the edges with your machine.
- Attach the flower to the band with the fabric glue and some hand stitches – and you are done.
So, this wrist pincushion is ready for pins. Please, enter your pin!
I hope you have found some helpful information in this sewing tutorial on how to make a pin cushion bracelet. Want to remember this tutorial? Post this pin to your favorite Pinterest board so that you can find the instructions later.
“Please enter your pin” – a phrase you hear more and more often, on your phone, at the ATM, when you pay with a pin-enabled credit card. But in sewing? Of course! We use pins, and lots of them, for almost every operation. We need many pins, we need them stored safely before use, and when we need them, and when we need them, we need then NOW! Therefore every sewing enthusiast needs a number of pin cushions. Below are some of my pincushion ideas.
These pincushions are just two of the ones I have on my desk: a cute mushroom and a fashion hat.
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