How to crochet a pin cushion

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There’s nothing more lovely than a round crochet pin cushion. They look so adorable, and they’re the perfect size to sit in the palm of your hand and pretend you are the cover star of Mollie Makes. Today’s Tutorial Tuesday brings you a free crochet pin cushion pattern from Emma Birer of Daffodils and Snowdrops. Read on to find out how to make your pin cushion…

Meet Emma Birer from Daffodils and Snowdrops. She’s here to show you how to make your crochet pin cushion.

As a bit of a crochet addict, I would love to share with you one of my very own crochet how tos… It is quite a simple project, and great for beginners! You could try making the pin cushion in other yarn types and colours to give a different overall look… I’ve made mine in a woolly DK yarn by Debbie Bliss. But you could also try a cotton DK yarn too. Enjoy…

You will need

4mm crochet hook

Yarn: Debbie Bliss DK

1 vintage button

Crochet stitches

ch Pass hook under yarn and catch yarn with hook, draw yarn through loop on hook (repeat to chain).

htr Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw back through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn over, draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook (1 loop remains on hook).

ss Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, draw loop back through stitch and loop on hook.

How to make a crochet pin cushion

To begin, ch4 and join with a ss to form a ring. ch2, and work 10htr into the ring (as in picture below).

ss into second chain of your initial ch2 to join (11 stitches around the outside of your circle).

ch2 (see picture below) 1htr into first stitch, then 2htr into next 10 stitches.

ss into second chain of your initial ch2 to join (22stitches around the outside of your circle).

This is what your circle should now look like (below).

ch2, 1htr into first stitch 1htr into next stitch, 2htr into next stitch, repeat (ending with a 1htr).
ss into second chain of your initial ch2 to join (33stitches around the outside of circle).

Your circle should now look like this…

ch2, 1htr into first stitch 1htr into next stitch, 1htr into next stitch, 2htr into next stitch, repeat (ending with a 1htr) ss into second chain of your initial ch2 to join (44stitches around the outside of circle)

To finish, snip yarn, pull through loop on hook to fasten.

Repeat these instructions to make the other half of your pin cushion.

Once you have your two sides, go on to make the pin cushion lining.

Take a piece of plain fabric and roughly trace around the shape of one of your crochet circles. Cut two of these (with a small seam allowance) and sew together, leaving an opening for stuffing.

Turn inside out (raw edged on inside) and stuff (packing your stuffing tight) to create your pin pad. Hand sew the opening closed. And there you have the inner pad for the inside of your pin cushion.

Now you can join your two crochet circles. You can do this by sewing with a matching thread or crochet together as explained below. Place together your two circles (right sides together).

Working in the outside loops, push your hook through two of your outside loops and draw your yarn through both loops… You will now have a loop on your hook.

Then working from right to left… Push your hook through the next two outside loops, yarn over, pull back through both loops and the loop on your hook… Repeat this step working your way around the circles, leaving an opening big enough to allow to push your pin pad inside. To finish, snip yarn, pull through loop on hook to fasten.

Next turn the right way and insert your pin pad. Then, using a matching coloured thread, carefully stitch up the opening.

You can then decorate your pin cushion with mini crochet flowers, vintage buttons or whatever takes your fancy. I added a mini crochet circle with vintage button to mine…

That looks so sweet, Emma. Thanks so much for sharing your crochet pin cushion pattern with us. We think a set of these in co-ordinating colours would make a very cute display, maybe on a small thrifted saucer to show them off.

Emma Birer works full time as a fashion designer, but she also loves craft and home decoration, and you can keep in touch with her loves, musings and little projects on her blog Daffodils and Snowdrops.