Color Wheel Pin Cushion just like a Mini Tuffet

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And I wanted to make one of those nice big tuffets, those big foot stools but I did find something that’s not, well, quite as big. It’s a little bit smaller. Matter of fact, it’s 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 small: It’s a miniature pincushion and it looks just like the tuffet. And as I was shopping around I found a kit that’s going to have that entire pincushion in it. It is from Pins+Needles and what it is is a subscription box. The bonus with buying their last month’s boxes or the boxes they have left over is it has everything you need right inside. So when I go to work on the project I know everything I need is going to be right inside the box. And the name of the pincushion is Color Wheel Pincushion. There are a lot of different feet you can put on the bottom of this pin cushion. They do have some beautiful buttons that you can use. You can even use drawer pulls. Another thing other than the buttons that you can use are felt feet. These you’d get somewhere in a hardware section. Now I’m going to go through the three different feet that you can use but I am going to put on the drawer pulls. The fabric is going to be stitched over top of the muslin, and then stitch together. This works as a foundation piece and it’s going to make that pincushion very, very strong. In the directions you’re going to see a little template. To me it looks like a crayon. You need to have 13 of those drawn on top of this flannel, and you will need to cut them out and transfer all of those markings. So we have a miniature jelly roll that we’re going to be able to choose the fabric for. So I’ve chosen 13 of my colors and this is the way I’m going to want them to show up around that pin cushion. On the bottom, right at that very end, I’m going to number 1 to 13 on my muslin pieces. And keeping the numbers in order, I’m going to match up the fabric to those pieces. And it doesn’t matter which one you’re going to start; 1 and 13 are going to match up. The part that you drew on is going to be the back side. Now I have nothing to worry about for the order that I want them in. The little muslin pieces are the same width as those cut strips, so match it up along the bottom and the two sides. From here now you’re just going to cut out the rest of that shape, and you’re going to keep those pieces together. So you can either pin them or, if you happen to have some fabric glue, you can just put a little dollop on two ends and that’s just going to keep it together. I’m going to do that to the entire pile and then cut out that shape. So 13 of my little pencil wedges are done. We need to sew them together and we’re going to follow the stitching line in the back, however, we’re going to round instead of pivot at that shoulder area. What you’re going to do is you’re going to place 1 and 2 right sides together, and you’re going to stitch along that one line. When you come to this corner, just roll it so it has a nice round edge. If you stop and pivot what you’re going to do is the pin cushion’s going to have a little bump instead of having a nice round edge. So I have 1 and 2 together, and I’ve stitched and have rounded as I’ve gone around that corner. The other thing I have done is I’ve made my stitches a little bit smaller. I just want those seams very strong because I’m going to be poking a lot of pins in them. I want them extra strong. You’re going to trim off a little bit of the seam allowance, and you can just trim it off from where that point comes up. So just trim off a little bit, curving right there at the corner and then coming off. Take this to the iron and iron it flat. And with those seams pressed open you’re going to notice that the other side has this nice corner to it. It doesn’t have that point. Now take your 3 and add it on beside your 2. Now you can take this and press it first if you found it was too hard to open that seam. Then you can trim it off. Now you can just take that and fold that seam and trim it off. When you open it back up, those seams are going to lie flat. It’s just easier to press them while they’re larger than smaller. You’re going to continue adding all of these pieces all the way around. The lines that you drew onto your muslin are actually matching lines. You’re going to be able to match up those lines as you sew them together. That helps keep your point all together and keep all of the ends nice and straight. You don’t need to worry about this point all matching up because we’re going to cover it with a button. And when all 13 pieces are sewn on, you can see it has this nice shape. Now we need to sew 1 and 13 together. Pin and match up your seam and stitch right up into that point. And you most likely will have a hole in the top, and that’s fine. And when that last seam is done you have this nice little round shape. We now need to do a running stitch. And a running stitch is going to take this and it’s going to close it on the bottom of that wooden base. And with the running stitch you’re just going to need to get a really strong thread, and double it, put a knot on the end. And along that edge you’re making a gathering or a running stitch. You’re just coming in and out all the way along that first line. I like to start my long thread into the front and also end in the front, because you’re going to be able to pull these together and it’s going to draw it tight around the base. But for now just leave it because we’re going to work on the base. The next thing we’re going to do is take this crushed walnut and make a little cushion for it, and that’s going to go inside the pin cushion. Take this template and put it on some muslin. Now instead of cutting it out first, it’s a lot easier if you stitch it first. The outside line is the cutting line so I’m going to just use that along my ¼” seam and stitch all the way around. This is going to be my cutting line, so I’ve stitched that quarter inch all the way around the outside. I’ve left an opening because I’m going to want to fill this after. Now I can cut out that circle shape. Turn it right side out. We now need to put this ground walnut shells inside. Make sure your end is filled and trim off one edge. You’ll be able to take that and just pour it in. Now I’m going to be able to take this and close that seam. You just take the approximate center, make yourself a little area you can stitch, just do a stitching mark. And by stitching that, it’s going to help so that these shells stay around the center and they don’t get shifted to one side or the other. Now we’re going to be able to put the pin cushion together. So I’m going to take a piece of felt, and this was included, and I’m going to trace that circle. I’m going to want that base just slightly smaller than this, so I’m going to cut to the inside of that line instead of the outside of the line. If you’re going to put feet on instead of buttons you’re going to need to put some holes in the felt in the bottom. The easiest way is to line it up along the bottom and then you’re going to be able to just peek through to where those holes are, and just poke it with something that’s going to leave a mark. You’re going to have four of them. I’m just going to put a little snip with the scissors in those holes. So I have just a small little hole. Now we’re going to be able to assemble this. In the directions they’re telling you to put these together, have this right-side out, and work it down. Well, there is another way to do it. Turn your pincushion right-side and make sure that this has no wrinkles. The next thing is we’re going to put those layers together. And one thing I’d like to add, but it is optional: When you do upholster things, at the very last you put a piece of polyester batting over top, and what it does is it smooths out all of the layers. So I’ve just taken a piece of polyester batting and I’ve made it just a little bit bigger than that circle. So if you look at it when it fits over top of the pincusion, it’s going to cover that seam right there. Now we’re going to put these in here. Take the walnut shells and put them right over top of that circle. Now if you don’t have this, just omit it. And put it right into the pin cushion, and you’ll be able to line up that center with this center right here. Hold down that center mark and pull up this bag so that it’s nice and tight. And you’ll see that I have that little extra batting sticking out, and just take that batting and pull it so you make sure there’s no wrinkles in that top of that pincushion. When that is all put in, you need to put in that foam. You can take this foam and just squeeze it and place it inside. And I take that batting and I pull it all the way around the outside of that foam circle. And just push and pull that foam until that batting comes all the way around it. Tug the sides make sure it’s nice and tight. That’s what it looks like inside, so it gives you nice smooth finish along the outside. Now we need to work on the base. If you’re going to use buttons or these little felt feet, you won’t need to do anything; you’re just going to be able to insert that right in. But if we’re going to put the little pulls on for the feet, we need to do them now. And put those four screws through the four outside holes. Before I tighten up the screws, I’m going to put a little bit of glue right underneath the heads of those screws, and then tighten up the screws so they’re right flat against that wood. That glue is just going to help that screw stay on a little bit tighter so that when you do screw the feet on the screw is not going to move on you. And the hardest part now will be letting this dry. When it is dry you’re going to take this and you’re going to place it inside. Pull that fabric right up. The next will be tightening that fabric around the bottom of this pincushion. So work that fabric all over to the bottom so that all of those thread lines are right on the bottom, not on the outside. Now tie that off. The little feet are still there; they’re just on the other side of that gather line. When that’s all tightened and it looks nice the way you want it, trim off this extra fabric. If you do have the feet just make sure that the feet are exposed. So I’ve just cut out little notches and not into that thread line. Now there are two ways you can finish this. What we need to do is put that button in the center to tuffet and put the feet in that bottom part. So you can do the button first or the button last. I’m going to do the button last, so I’m going to finish this bottom off. I’m going to run a bead of glue all the way inside of those little pleats. Then I’m going to push those pleats down so that that glue stays and makes it nice and flat. Now we can put that felt bottom on. Se have those little holes where the feet went. We’re gonna be able to just put them right where the feet go. And the little feet will stick out of those holes. Once you’ve placed that felt on, this gives you an opportunity to trim it. If anything is hanging on the outside, peel it back and glue it, and then keep peeling back and gluing every portion individually so it doesn’t shift. Before I put the feed on I’m going to tuffet. You’re going to need the button for the top but you’re also going to need a button that has a nice flat surface and it’s going to hold that together. If you were to not have a button there, there’s nothing to hold this tight and it will pop right off. A tapestry needle is going to work great for this. They’ve enclosed with the kit a piece of this fine cording and this is very, very strong. Put the needle into one of the center holes—you’re going to be able to push it right through to that wooden base—and just wiggle that needle around until you find that it pokes out. And then you can just push that and pull that out—you might need pliers. Leave one end up at the top and one end at the bottom. I’m going to take this, I’m going to put it through my button now. Put it through one side, down to the next. Re-thread your needle and, make sure you don’t lose the thread to the bottom, go down another side. And go right to that base, find that hole, just push that needle out. And your thread might be a little loose up at the top, that’s fine. Now you have your two ends coming through the bottom. Even up the ends. Now we’re going to put on the next button, and because it’s nice and thick you’re going to be able to thread that right through on your own. So the idea is you’re going to tie a knot here and that knot there is going to pull that end tight. If you don’t have someone’s finger to put here, you’re going to have to tie the knot on your own, so here’s a way: You’re going to loop your thread over once just like you would do a regular knot but then loop that through one more time and then tie it, being careful not to twist those threads as you go down to the bottom. Take something that is going to be able to take that button and push it in. It could be the foot you’re going to use, even a spool of thread. You’re going to place that there and hold it down. Push so that whatever you put underneath is going to make that dimple for you. Now finish tightening that thread. And that has helped to push that in, and you’re tight here. And when I have it as tight as I want, I’m going to tie an extra knot. Once you’ve tied a good strong knot you can glue that, and that makes sure that it’s never going to come undone. Now you can put your feet on. If you were going to put the buttons on, instead of those little drawer pulls, you would have by-passed putting those screws in and putting the feet in. But at this point once the bottom is all done you would just take that and glue that button right onto the surface. And it’s nice to have a button, which they’ve included for you, that has a little ball on the end. And that way it sort of sits at a little bit off the counter. If you’re going to use the little felt feet with those nails, you’re just going to be able to take and put some glue in the bottom there, and then just take that nail and put it right through the holes where those screws came out. And that would have sat nice and flat and it would leave a surface that would not scratch. So there are three different ways to add feet onto your pin cushion And when the pin cushion is all dried you have that little button on the bottom. Now if you chose to tuffet that first, before you put the felt on, the button would be underneath the felt. This has been a fun project to make, and if you’ve made a big tuffet, you could make a miniature one now to go with it, so you’d have very large and small. I’ll put a link in the description to the pattern and I’ll put a link in the description to the subscription box. It’s always fun to see what is coming in the mail, and you can always get the past months whenever you want. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time in the sewing room. Bye for now.

70 thoughts on “Color Wheel Pin Cushion just like a Mini Tuffet

  1. So cute! You can also get this kit from (the added bonus being, if you order > USD$75 worth of fabric/notions/kits from them, — which is oh so easy to do — they ship to Canada for free (the limit is only $50 in the U.S. for free shipping!)). Love your channel, Laura. Keep the videos coming! ~Diana from Toronto [ Link to kit, fabric and feet NOT included: ]. This kit is about half the price of the Pins & Needles boxed version, and you can use your own scraps or buy a FQ of muslin for USD$1.10 and a set of 5" samplers, for example 'Quilters' Candy Summer Solids' for USD$1.24, and you've got yourself a super-cute pin cushion!

  2. That is: One – Special – Pin – Cushion ! Oh boy, I had fun just WATCHING you make it; I can only imagine the satisfaction in making it myself. It would be hard to give away . . . maybe I could do it for a really special friend . . . they'd have to deserve it and promise to think of me and how hard it was to let go of it — every time they used it! (giggle, giggle). So Laura, what are you going to do with the one you made?

  3. Oh Laura that's just to cute. Your clear instructions make it easy for first time sewer's like myself, as I'm still learning how to actually read patterns 🙂

  4. I'm so tempted to purchase this kit!  I actually made a full-size tuffet last year.  Love it, but it was challenging.  This one would be a breeze after making the full size.  Thank you for sharing the links.

  5. This is so dang CUTE I'm hyperventilating! I haven't been able to sew for a few years and now I'm CRAVING to sew and create beauty again. Other sewists might take for it granted because they get to sew all the time, and I might be like that too if I hadn't just been through a long creative famine, but this little project is so appealing to me that if I don't get to make it I'm gonna need therapy…those fabrics…!!

    But it's official: YOU ARE A BORN TEACHER, and I love the preciseness with which you make things. I've always been precise too but not with your degree of skill, so your videos are like little confections I savor. (Do you know what I mean by precise? Let me take a run at the hill of explaining it: You are exact and have a professional's knowledge and skill and pristineness that thrills my eyes and my soul.) Pant, gasp– I've about blown my cerebral cortex trying to find the right words to "name it," to explain what I mean. Please say you get it!

    This kit idea is genius and their "ingredients" look very high-quality. Yummm to the 9th power!!

  6. Very cute. Good job. I'd watch the walnut shells tho. I have found that anything that can be eaten by a little bug, will get eaten. Any alternatives to walnut shells? I used to do papier mache for my kids, and anything with flour or corn starch eventually got eaten by little bugs, even after adding school glue, paste, etc. to it. bean bags made with real beans got eaten. Just a thought.

  7. Hello…I just subscribed and I think that is so sweet ❤ I am just learning to sew & I will be very happy when I can produce a beautiful piece like this. You make it look so easy lol I look forward to watching many more videos. I will be watching some older ones too. Big Hugs from AZ God Bless

  8. Laura you did an awesome job as always. I've been wanting to do that kit for awhile now. Kinda pricy. Keepsakes, and Connecting Threads has them in kits too. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Happy Easter and God Bless

  9. very good tutorial, but you did not address how to actually secure the white feet? Did I miss that ? How do you attach them?

  10. I loveed the video and the pin cushion is gorgeous but I definitely do not like the feet! Why do you need the large white feet? Spoiled it for me sorry.

  11. I LOVE IT!!!!! Thank you, I truly appreciate your videos and how simple you make everything seem.  <3

  12. I bought my kit and enjoyed very much doing it. I saw your tutorial many times follow every step because I am new in sewing and my pin cushion is very very pretty! Thanks!

  13. How do you transfer the markings from the template onto the muslin. I can't find any video that shows this part of the process. The instructions that come with the pinwheel cushion kit does not make mention of how to do this either. The instructions has a small picture but does not tell you HOW to do it.

  14. I have had this tuffet kit for a long time! I purchased it at Road to California. Thank you for the tutorial!

  15. I'm in the middle of making a large tuffet with a group of my quilting friends and have just watched your video. Its fantastic and I love it. I will try to make it before our next sewing/construction tuffet day. The ladies will love it too and I can see them wanting to make one too. Thanks for all your great videos. Your instructions are explained so succinctly, easy to follow and you save time using the time lapse technique

  16. Hola ,lindo diseno ,no me queda claro las medidas, sera 1 1/2por
    4 1/2 y en la punta cuanto se deja?,gracias,saludos deLima Peru

  17. oh wow I watched your video, then google for more information, then bought the kit, unfortunately by the time I looked around the shop I didn't realise I had bought the refill kit, not the kit you have listed with the fabrics, so now I'll have to buy some muslin and fabric, but that's not a hardship lol,

    I also loved the way you made it much better than the other video I had seen of it, I found yours much easier to follow. Thank you.

  18. What a good teacher you are! I have been looking for a pincushion to make, the one you made is perfect, out of the ordinary. Thanks a lot.

  19. I took a class at my local quilt shop to make one of these pin cushions. It was a fun class and I didn't give it away. I do have the kit to make another one and will probably give it away. As an aside I do collect pin cushions. Thank you for all of your tutorials. I have learned so much from you.

  20. Hiya Laura, I love ur video, my sister in law wants me to make the patterns for it, but what r the dimensions? Width x Lenghth? And the inches between the lines below the neck? The Crayon head I should say..hehe Sorry….:) hugs

  21. Dear Laura, I cannot find the pattern to the colorwheel pin cushion. I lost mine. Sarah Culpepper

  22. HI. watched a lot of your videos. thank you. I wonder if you have a video of making a full size tuffet. I have acquired a lot of ties and have seen videos but none compare to your instructions. Is this something you have done at all? Thank you again!!

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