Simple Pin Cushion Tutorials

This is a simple little project – perfect for gifts for a sew-y friend or for adding to your own sewing space. I found these sweet little rice bowls at an Pearl River Mart – but check any Asian supply store to find a selection. Pearl River also has an online store with a selection of some of their ceramic rice bowls here.
Begin by tracing a circle about 2.5 times bigger than the circumference of you rice bowl.
Sew a large running stitch a long the outside edge of your circle.
Slightly gather the circle and stuff as FULL as you can.
Use the end of your sewing thread to pull the edges of the circle together and stitch it tightly closed.  Line the bowl with strong glue – I used E6000 – and carefully insert your fabric puff ball inside.  Allow to dry over night.
The Easiness to Cuteness ratio is pretty sweet. 
Combine this with the Magnetic Pin Dish and you’ve got quite the duo.

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    Char @ Crap I've Made
    July 14, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I LOVE that magnetic pin dish idea!

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    July 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I love your sweet little tomato bowl turned pin bowl. :o) Seriously, after I post this comment, I am going to make the pin cushion!! Thank you for such a cute tutorial. I have just the bowl. :o)<br />I am doing a little something new on my blog under &quot;bartering&quot; and would love to have you drop by. :o)<br />Have a great day!<br />Sincerely ~ Tricia

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    July 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I love the magnet under the bowl-such a simple, smart idea. BTW, love your blog – it was the first one I ever read.

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    July 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

    great ideas for pretty single pieces of dishware!

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    July 14, 2010 at 10:47 am

    This is great! Thanks =)

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    July 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

    i love the pin dish! i have tons of thrift store plates floating around…christmas is only 163 days til christmas <br /><br /><br />thanks for sharing….

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    July 14, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Pin dish is very clever!

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    July 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

    The pin dish is genius!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    July 14, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Store bought tomatoes make me gag also! The best tomatoes I ever ate were heriloom tomatoes from a local Amish market. Yum! Love the pin dish, by the way!

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    Sarah Craig
    July 14, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Both of those are fabulous ideas! I never thought of magnetizing a regular dish – how creative!! I can finally make all my sewing sisters something cute for Christmas that is useful and won&#39;t take too long to make one for everyone! Thanks for sharing!!

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    July 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I love these!!<br />the magnetic dish is FANTASTIC!!<br />thanks for sharing!

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    July 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    The magnets UNDER the ceramic is a brilliant idea!!! I have some super strong magnets – I&#39;ll have to find a dish to try this out on.<br /><br />{and I&#39;m with you on the tomatoes – those mealy bland things are NOT edible}

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    July 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    You are so nifty!

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    Denise :)
    July 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Both are cute ideas, but that &#39;magnets under the bowl&#39; idea is genius! The E6000 glue is awesome stuff, too! 🙂

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    July 14, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    That magnetic pin cushion is too clever! I love it.

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    July 14, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    LOVE the tomato pin dish! I know what you mean about being fresh. We canned all we could, and when we opened a jar in January, it even smelled like summer!

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    Katie B.
    July 15, 2010 at 7:37 am

    This is adorable!

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    July 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Very cute, I love the little rice bowls! I&#39;ve got a stash of vintage sundae dishes that I&#39;m planning to make in to pin cushions like this!

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    September 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Neat idea!!! Love it! I have a pottery bowl that would be perfect!

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    December 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Love the pincushion idea and the china bowl pin holder (magnetics!) Thanks!

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