In the Hoop machine embroidered pincushion


If you read my Self Cover Buttons post, you would have seen the picture of the pincushion already. It was so easy to make I thought I would tell you how.

In the Hoop pincushion

In the Hoop pincushion


All you need is a design that will fit into a circle that is 127mm (5″) in diameter. I used Design 11 from my Metallic Splendour CD which I have released as a single design here.

You could also use my String Flower design.  Or you could just choose a design you already have.


String Flower machine embroidery design

String Flower machine embroidery design

Once you have chosen your design, open it in the editing screen of your machine or in your software if you prefer. If your machine does not have editing capabilities, and you do not have software, just make sure you stitch out the designs in the centre of your hoop, so that they align properly.

Now you can insert the free design I will send you if you request it below. This is a circle with a gap in it.

Stich out the first design and then lay a second piece of fabric, right side down, over the hoop. It is not necessary, but I then changed my thread to a construction thread in both the top and bobbin, as the circle will be the seam of the pincushion. Stitch the circle, and remove from the hoop. Remove the stabiliser and trim around the circle leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the pincushion in the right way and stuff firmly with polyester stuffing. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Place a button in the centre of the top of the pincusion and one in the centre of the bottom of the pincusion. I used self covered buttons embroidered with a design from my Covered Button Set. Stitch the buttons together with strong thread. I’ve been told dental floss works well, but I used upholstery thread. Pull the stitches tight so that the buttons are depressed into the pincushion.

Voilla! you are done. These pincusions make great gifts if you can bear to part with yours.

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One Response to In the Hoop machine embroidered pincushion

  1. Dot Rivett says:

    I have been searching everywhere for a circle pincushion in the hoop design. Thank you for offering it here!

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