Unique Pincushions

I found this darling little wrecker-tow truck at an antique shop over the weekend for only six bucks. There’s some mechanism missing, disqualifying it from any serious collector’s purchase, but the second I saw it I thought “pincushion!”If you look hard enough around your house, you’ll find many little unique things just begging to hold your sewing pins. Here are a few other things I found that could each hold a little pillow of fluff & fabric. The shorter the piece better, as when pinning, I find that taller pieces are a bit less ergonomic.

To make the pin pad for my truck, (ONE) I scanned an old ad from a 1954 Farm Journal magazine -the same era as my toy truck. I shrunk it down and printed it out onto the same ink-jet fabric sheet I used to make the luggage labels in the previous post. At this point you may choose to launder the printed fabric to soften it up.(TWO) I cut a stack of felt to the shape of the bed of the truck to help retain the pad’s final shape. (THREE) I then used one of those pieces to gauge the trimming of the fabric pad cover.

(FOUR) I cut out the fabric and rounded the corners, (FIVE) & (SIX)

sewed around the folded edges of the cover and filled with the felt and poly-fill stuffing. (SEVEN) & (EIGHT)Then I gathered the cover around the fill, moving the gathers to the corners and knotting the thread once my pad was to shape. If you’re making a round pad, just even out the gathers or cinch all gathering tight to create a ball.(NINE) Once I was happy with the gathers, I oozed E6000 glue around the inside of the truck bed (careful to avoid any open areas that would cause drips,) and placed the covered pad in place.(TEN)And here’s my finished pincushion!

To see more recent truck pin-cushions, click here!

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76 Responses to Unique Pincushions

  1. #1 - daisy says:

    Wow – luv your creativity. Thanks for sharing yet another fab project xx

  2. #2 - Shannon says:

    Okay, so I thought the luggage tags were awesome, now you have out done yourself. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  3. #3 - Megan says:

    Okay, that is brilliant. I am super inspired.

  4. #4 - Susie Mitchell says:

    Thanks so much Cathe for sharing such a great idea! My Sis…15 years my senior and now in Heaven…bought a tiny little truck at a yard sale and kept it on the dashboard of the van. I saved it because she loved it…now I know what I was saving it for!
    Have a blessed Easter week.

  5. #5 - Stacey says:

    That is a clever idea!! It turned out great.

  6. #6 - NaturallyHip says:

    Amazing! You are so creative. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  7. #7 - Jennifer says:

    That is such a cool idea! I love it. I think I am going to have to look at my kids toys differently.
    Thanks For Sharing!

  8. #8 - andrea says:

    That’s a great idea.Love the truck:)

  9. #9 - Jennifer says:

    You have such vision! That is just adorable. Thanks for sharing all of your creative ideas with us Cathe.

  10. #10 - Karin says:

    So cute and creative, Cathe!

    When you said the shorter the piece, the better — were you talking about the height of the piece overall, or the depth of the area where your cushion will go?

  11. #11 - Parallax says:

    This is a great idea — thanks for sharing! I’m going to be seeing new pincushion bases everywhere now.

  12. #12 - Cathe Holden says:

    Yes, Karin, I meant short as in height. I would be knocking over anything tall as if I were doing a lot of pinning on a quilt, for example, where I’m not really looking at the pincushion, just sweeping my hand back and forth from pins to fabric.

    Thanks for all the nice words everyone, you keep me PUMPED!

  13. #13 - Lotta says:


  14. #14 - Robin Lynne says:

    Now I’m going to be turning everything into pin-cushions (and I don’t even sew that much!)

    Thanks for the fabulous inspiration, as always! 🙂

  15. #15 - Kaye at Kaye's Kreative Korner says:

    OMG! I loooove that! That is verrrrrrry cute! Very inspiring and creative!

  16. #16 - sloeginfizz says:

    This is the best thing ever. Now all I can see are potential pincushions around my house! Thanks!!

  17. #17 - jen says:

    awesome idea!

  18. #18 - Karin says:

    thanks for the clarification. makes sense.

    also, forgot to mention last time, I love how big the cushion is, as in surface area. the pincushions I have are all so small and it’s bugged me so often in the past. why did i never think to just make a larger one?!? : )

  19. #19 - Donna says:

    That is plum adorable!

  20. #20 - momof3girls says:

    what a cute idea!

  21. #21 - jennifer says:

    LOVE IT!

  22. #22 - Bette's Bags says:

    These are great! Now I’m off to go find something that I can turn into a pin cushion! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. #23 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    You’re on fire these days with the crafts! I need to send you some of my work:-) hee!

  24. #24 - Lucy says:

    Cathe you are so clever, I would never have looked at a toy truck and thought to make it a pincushion! It’s genius… I’m off to find something offbeat to turn into a new pincushion all of my own now 🙂

  25. #25 - La Table De Nana says:


  26. #26 - LindaSonia says:

    Oh the places a creative mind goes….. too cute. Love it! 🙂

  27. #27 - stripeymonkey :) says:

    this is brilliant!

    thank you so much yet again for sharing another fab idea – i really must have a go at one of these… now i just have to find a cute truck!


  28. #28 - Julie says:

    I’m not sure if you know about the Pincushion Challenge (http://www.boogaj.com/pincushion_challenge/) but the theme for this month is Red!! I would love it if you would join!

  29. #29 - The Soladay Family says:

    Love it! Although I can see my 4 year old trying to take off with it! Creativity is your middle name!

  30. #30 - Becky Brocato says:

    How cool is that!? Always clever and creative!

  31. #31 - Suzy says:

    What a great idea! How clever, I will have to start some of these with my boys rejects.
    Thanks for sharing!

  32. #32 - Katy says:

    Love this idea!

  33. #33 - Katie says:

    It’s amazing what you think to do with things, I’d have never looked at that and thought pincushions. But I like what you came up with!

  34. #34 - Melody says:

    I love it! I have just the car for it! Thank you so much!

  35. #35 - Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    This is just TOO cute. I can’t even explain how much I love it!

  36. #36 - Holly says:

    This is so adorable. I can imagine making these for people in my family that sew…maybe even one for me too (except I only dream of sewing…maybe one day). PS-thanks for the comment on my blog :). That night I was about to not write and feeling bad about my inspiration running dry and up popped your comment. It was enough to fire me up to write again! I peak in on your blog almost daily. Keep it up!

  37. #37 - Tania says:

    Soooooo Cute!!! I love it!

  38. #38 - juanitatortilla says:

    That is genius! And so thoroughly unique. Made me smile this Wednesday morning. Thank you!

  39. #39 - Viv (VivLyn) says:

    Adorable!! Thanks for sharing this!

  40. #40 - My name is PJ. says:

    And your selling it? Cuz if you are, I’m buying… Seriously. Let’s talk…

  41. #41 - Anonymous says:

    What an adorable project…and so generous of you to share it! THANK YOU!

  42. #42 - tidymom says:

    How clever are YOU! That is just too freaking CAUTE!! and SOOO you!!

    I LOVE it!!


  43. #43 - LittlePeanutShop says:

    Oh my goodness!!! That is quite possibly the cutest pin cushion I’ve ever seen!

  44. #44 - xashee's corner says:

    Thank you so much for this WONDERFUL pincushion tut!! i LOVE the luggage tags too! Have a GREAT day! 🙂

  45. #45 - Emily says:

    This is the cutest idea! Seriously, what a clever idea! -e

  46. #46 - Jen says:

    How cute!

  47. #47 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Have just scrolled down and found the pin cushions, then the labels! You’re really inventive.

  48. #48 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Have just scrolled down and found the pin cushions, then the labels! You’re really inventive.

  49. #49 - Kel says:

    You are So COOL!!
    So many great ORIGINAL ideas, I’m going to be here forever. I’m not even sure how I found this blog, but I’m a lucky girl!!

  50. #50 - Shirra says:

    This is so great! And I love the tutorial. Thanks!

  51. #51 - cally says:

    Agh! You’re a genius.

  52. #52 - mary says:

    this is soo cool! I am posting it on my blog under "treasures"

  53. #53 - kitty gardens says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, I had a go at making a mini version <3


    Kitty x

  54. #54 - Anisbee says:

    I like this funny idea!
    I'll make one, for sure.

  55. #55 - Michelle Balletti says:

    hello there fellow Northern Californian!! I just happened to come across your blog and found a bunch of really cool and interesting things!! So thank you very much!! I use to live in Fairfield but now reside in Tracy!! I am going to add this blog to my favorites, so you maybe getting a little stalked!! heehee

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  57. #56 - Jennifer Erickson says:

    Absolutely adorable! This would fit in so beautifully with my vintage toy decor in my craft room!

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  59. #57 - Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    I featured this awesome Truck Pin Cushion on Fun Friday Finds. Thanks for sharing!

  60. #58 - Mimi says:

    This is really cute!! Thanks for sharing.

  61. #59 - glenda sellwood says:

    that is so awesome, thank you for sharing, love glenda

  62. #60 - Steffie says:

    Thank you for this inspiration!
    I did it this way: http://steffieshexenhaus.blogspot.de/2012/03/milchkannchen-mit-jeans-kombiniert-gar.html

    Best wishes from Germany!

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  65. #61 - Mixed Kreations says:

    Love the antique truck pincushion. Very creative and so cute. I have been saving some cans and jars to try and make some pincushions but now I will be looking at other objects around me as potential pincushions. Thanks for the inspiration.

  66. #62 - Michele Simpson says:

    I’m planning on making a truck pin cushion for a friend for Christmas and was wondering what size truck you used for yours?


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  69. #63 - Pam says:

    Found this post via Pinterest. I have a couple little metal trucks that were my dad’s – they’d make sweet pincushions. What a cute idea! I featured your post in a pincushion roundup on my blog this weekend: http://www.leavesandstiches.com/2014/03/07/weekend-pinspiration-pretty-pincushions/.

  70. #64 - Brenda Walton says:

    What a delightful project, Cathe! These would make such sweet gifts for friends who sew! xoxo

  71. #65 - debra derrick says:

    What a sweet idea, I love this! I don’t need another pincushion, but I love the little trucks! How super cute! Thank you for sharing!

  72. #67 - MichelleB says:

    I love this! I’ll have to be on the lookout for something similar. Thank you for the inspiration.

  73. #68 - Pamala says:

    Wow!! Just Love The pincushion ideas! The Yellow truck is my favorite!!! Thank you for sharing all you do. Amazing!

  74. #69 - Quilting Jeannie says:

    That is so stinking cute! I’m going to ‘borrow’ your idea to make one of my own!

  75. #70 - Irma Rangel says:

    Wonderful idea.