Today is my grandmother’s birthday, she would have been ninety years old. My gramma, as I’ve mentioned in the past, was very talented with a needle and thread. She was a big quilter, and she was always willing to drop what she was working on to help me hem my pants (she said every petite girl should know how to hem). She was also incredibly generous with her skill, happy to help others with any sewing-related task or advice they might need. She loved to make little things and give them to her friends and new sewers/quilters, and this ring pin cushion is something I remember watching her make many times. In honor of Gramma’s birthday, I thought I’d show you guys how to make ring pin cushions. She would have liked that.
Fabric of your choice
Non-roll elastic, 3/8 of an inch wide or less
Fabric marking pen
Something round (to trace)
Start by tracing a circle onto your fabric. You want your circle to be about 4.5 to 5-inches in diameter, so find something around that size and trace it!
Cut out your circle, then put some stuffing in the center.
Pull the sides of the circle up to make the cushion. You want the part filled with stuffing to be firm, so add more stuffing if necessary.
Take a needle and thread and sew the fabric above the stuffing together.
After I sew the fabric, I also tie thread around the “neck” of the pin cushion. If you don’t want to sew the fabric closed, you can go right to this step. Just tie the thread tightly, wrap it around the neck a few times, then tie it again.
Cut the elastic for the ring. I suggest wrapping the elastic on the finger you want to wear the ring on, then cutting enough elastic to make it comfortable, with a bit of extra for overlap.
Sew the elastic into a ring with a few stitches.
Sew the elastic ring onto the bottom of the pin cushion.
That’s it! I still have one of the ring pin cushions Gramma made, and it’s very special to me.
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!
Happy birthday, Gramma!