Nap Time Crafts: A Magnetic Pin Cushion

magnetic pin cushion tutorial

This little make evolved as a result of two problems. 1, I didn’t have a pin cushion – I was using a toy owl, poor little voodoo massacred thing – and 2, I kept dropping my pins on the floor. Probably 2 was a result of 1. I’d seen these magnetic pin trays and I thought it would be nice to combine something like that with a pin cushion. Voila!

Its easy to make a magnetic pin cushion. It took me half an hour, clay drying time aside. Which made me feel guilty about using an owl for all those years…

You will need: 

  • fabric
  • stuffing
  • air dry clay (I used DAS)
  • cookie cutter
  • magnetic sheets
  • Embroidery thread
  • felt scraps
  • button
  • superglue

1. First you need to make the weighted part, so get a lump of clay the size of a golf ball, roll it in your palms then squash it into a cookie cutter. Remove the cutter and leave it overnight to dry out.

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2. Cut a rough circle of fabric measuring 6″ in diameter. Tie a knot in the end of the embrodiery thread and stitch it all the way round the fabric.

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3. Place the stuffing in the middle of the fabric, then put the clay on top. Pull the thread tight around the bundle then stitch a few times across the bottom until it is secure.

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4. You will now have a neat little ball, very tempting for little hands (I know this isn’t relevent but I couldn’t help it. Sorry!)

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5. Take a bottle top (measuring about 1.5″) and draw around it on the magnetic sheet. Cut it out and glue it to the bottom of the cushion.

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6. Make embellishments for the top of the cushion – I cut out scraps of felt and glued them on top with a button.

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Tia x