Beautiful DIY Pin Cushion with Stand

DIY Pin Cushion with Vintage Lace Doily

This special DIY pincushion makes a beautiful craft for yourself or a perfect gift for a friend who loves sewing and crafting. This pin cushion is special because it is made on a stand. I found a gorgeous Czechoslovakian crystal candleholder at the thrift store and I love the sparkle. As there was only one candlestick I thought it would make the perfect stand for a DIY pincushion.

This pin cushion is for my sewing room and office. I think the crystal stand pin cushion is a great idea for the ledge in the window.

Reasons to Love This Easy Craft Project

  • INEXPENSIVE – This project is inexpensive to make using scrap fabrics, or a thrift store find. There are many ways to substitute the supplies so you can use what you already have on hand.
  • UNIQUE – Although I have seen numerous DIY pincushions online I have never seen one that stands upwards on a candlestick. This makes it dramatic and one-of-a-kind.
  • EASY TO FIND – It’s wonderful to be creative in a beautiful workspace. It’s even more wonderful if you can find what you need when you want it. This pin cushion on a stand is easy to see and won’t get lost in a drawer or container.

DIY Pin Cushion on a Stand Step-by-Step Tutorial

DIY Pin Cushion Supplies

You can use any candle holder style for the stand that appeals to you. A flat-top wide candle holder would likely be easier to use. Besides a candleholder, you will need:

  • Scrap piece of fabric
  • Something round to draw a circle 8 inches across
  • Lavender seeds
  • Lavender essential oil (optional)
  • Needle and strong thread or embroidery thread
  • E 6000 glue
  • Wooden dowel or wood cupboard pull that fits inside the top of the candlestick.
  • Vintage doily and lace
  • White ribbon
  • Large eyed needle
  • Elastic optional
  • Sewing pins

Step One – Attach Pin Cushion Stand

Decide how to attach the pin cushion to the candle stick stand. How you attach it depends on the candlestick, and if you’re willing to glue the pin cushion directly on the candle stick. My little candlestick had a Czechoslovakian sticker on it, and I don’t want to marr it in any way. I did not have a large enough piece of doweling to fit in my candlestick, after digging around I found a wooden door pull that fits and slides down into the candlestick.

Making a new pincushion and placing it on a crystal stand using a wood door pull.

Step Two – Make the Stuffing Packet

Lay your ironed fabric down on a flat surface. Cut two circles of muslin in an 8-inch circle. Iron and layer the fabric. Use a bowl, pie plate, or a wreath form as a guide, and draw a circle on the fabric with a pencil. Cut out the circle of fabric.

Drawing a circle onto fabric with a pencil before cutting it out while make a quick pin cushion project.
Cutting out a pincushion circle with scissors.

Take a needle with a good quality thread, use a double thread with a knot on the end for extra strength. Make sure the length of your strong thread (or embroidery floss) is at least two feet long. This will give you enough thread to pull on later. With both fabric circles together, hand stitch a loose running stitch half an inch from the outer edge. Once done, pull the threads until the center of the cushion closes and forms a little pocket with a hole at the top.

Hand stitching the raw edges of a pin cushion using a length of strong thread that will be pulled to close it.

Step Three – Add the Stuffing

Add the stuffing through the small opening. You can use walnut shells, plastic crafting pellets, steel wool, sand, or wool felt. I chose to use lavender seeds for mine and sprinkled some lavender essential oil on as well. It won’t sharpen my pins, but I doubt it will rust them.

Filling a diy pincushion with lavender seeds.

Step Four – Closing Stuffing Pocket

The method you use for closing the stuffing pocket depends on your candlestick.

Single Candle Stick – If using a dowel or a door pull, cover it well with E 6000 glue, especially on the underside. Place it inside the center of the fabric circle with the post part sticking out. Pull the threads to close the pincushion bottom, making sure the hole is as tight as possible. Press the edges of the fabric against the glue. Finish it with a few hand stitches to hold all the edges together. Place inside the candle holder.

Flat Top Wide Candle Holder – If using a flat-top wide candle holder skip the door pull. Instead, pull the thread on the fabric circled until the bottom of the pincushion closes. Hand stitch to hold all the edges together. Glue the bottom with the E-6000, place it on top of the candle holder, and press down.

Step Five – Create the Pincushion Top

Vintage Doily and Lace – I found a beautiful handmade vintage crochet doily at the thrift store, the clerk told me to take it, and it’s beautiful. I first placed the ecru-colored doily on top of the pincushion it was plain and a little bit small. To add contrast I used a thin piece of ribbon like you would thread and a large-eyed needle to hand stitch white lace to the underside of the doily.

When adding lace to the doily, look for a repetitive pattern, and then use the holes in the pattern to attach the two pieces together. This prevents us from having to gather anything the patterns in doily and lace have evened it out for us. The pictures show the four spots with holes I used to attach pieces.

A collage of two images showing where to attach lace to a doily while making a diy pin cushion.

Scrap Fabric – You can use the stand idea with a fabric circle made from different fabrics. If you want to use fabric instead, zig-zag stitch the raw edges of the fabric circle first, and then use a sewing machine to sew lace to the edge. Once sewn place the pincushion cover over the base, thread the lace with the ribbon, and pull tight. Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow.

A DIY pincushion made using a vintage doily, lace and a crystal candlestick.

Step Six – Decorating the DIY Pin Cushion

DIY pincushions are a great project for using up small pieces of fabric. Especially if you have a favorite fabric pattern you want to add to your sewing space

Homemade gifts even quick projects like this one make very thoughtful gifts. This particular DIY pincushion would be a great gift idea for Mother’s Day, sewing friends, a crocheting craft friend, or a good friend who loves thrifting and upcycling.

To add color to your pin cushion stitch on little flowers, in soft pastel colors, mine is staying neutral for now. This new pincushion is meant to stand pretty with lots of sparkle in my craft room window. It will still be within easy reach for most of my projects, and of course, it’s easily movable.

Video Tutorial

If you want to see more details of how I made my DIY new pincushion with its stand I have created a video tutorial for you as well.

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A DIY pin cushion with a ecru lace doily top, and white lace side.  the easy to make fabric pin cushion is attached to a crystal candlestick.

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  1. Leanne I love this project. I’ve been trying to use up existing craft supplies and I think I have almost everything I need to make this. Such a beautiful and useful project.

    1. Thank you Erlene, It can be so enjoyable figuring out what to make with supplies you already have. Our new area has some thrift stores with thrift store prices and I am having fun upcycling things. It would be fun to do with bright colors as well.

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