DIY Wrist Pin Cushion from Scraps | Style Pile #21

DIY Wrist Pin Cushion from Scraps | Style Pile #21

Hello! Welcome back – if you’ve missed the first
three, this is a 4-part mini series within-a-series where I try and reuse a bunch of scrap fabrics
that I have in my “Style Pile”. In the last 3 episodes, we made a fox plushie,
an eyemask, some embroidery hoop art, all out of scrap fabrics, and in this episode
we’ll be making a pincushion that sits on your wrist. So, let’s get started! The fourth and final project is going to be
a wrist pin-cushion! So to make this, I grabbed some of this brown,
floral fabric, again – apparently I have a LOT of scraps of this fabric – and I traced
out a circle on it, using the embroidery hoop from the previous tutorial. For reference, the diameter of the circle
is about 5 inches. And then I cut this circle out. Now what I’m gunna do next is to do a long
basting stitch around the edges of the circle, and for that I’m going to use a needle and
thread. Now a basting stitch is a LONG running stitch,
that looks like this. And after I stitched around the edges, I left
my needle threaded, and I pulled on the thread carefully… so that this happened. I’ve ended up with a little round pouch,
with an opening at the top. And into that opening, I’m going to be putting
in small shredded fabric scraps as filling, just like I did for the plushie, until the
pin “coshion”… coshion? Until the pin CUSHION feels nice and firm. And once it was, I pulled the thread tight
to close up the hole, and I sewed it closed by doing some more stitches around the hole,
like this. Annnnd when it was all closed, I tied off
the thread with a few knots. And this is the main part of the pincushion! Now, I wanted to turn it into a wrist pin
cushion, so, one that’ll sit on my wrist like a bracelet while I’m sewing – and because
I don’t wanna stab myself with pins while I’m wearing it on my wrist, I need something
in the way… this old jar lid should work well! I’ve also seen a tutorial where people can
glue it to the top of a jar lid, and put sewing stuff inside, which is also a really cute
thing you can do – but that’s not what I’m doing today. So next I spray-painted the lid black, so
that it looked less like an old pesto lid, and then I measured a piece of elastic around
my wrist, added an extra inch to this, so it would be comfortable, and then I sewed
this elastic piece into a loop. Then I put the elastic around the lid like
so, and I got a hot glue gun, and I put a big glob of glue into the centre… …and I used way too much hot glue gun because I don’t know what I’m doing. I have a confession to make. I have never used a hot glue gun before. This is my first time ever using a hot glue
gun. I know, right?! What kind of DIY channel even is this? YEAH, okay. Slap it on in there. This will work. I made sure the elastic got glued down in
the middle, with the pin cushion on top. Then I pressed it down hard and I prayed to
the hot glue gun gods, and.. it worked – all good! Everything is glued into place, and this is
what it looks like finished! So yeah – I find wrist pin cushions really
useful because they move with me when I move around my sewing room, because they’re literally…
stuck on my wrist. And it means I don’t forget where I left
my pins! I also glued a smaller version to the top
of my sewing machine, because I’m always wishing that I had somewhere to put pins while
at my machine… well, now I do! Anyway, I hope this mini series gave you all
a little bit of inspiration for making something out of scrap fabric pieces, or super old worn
out clothes, instead of just throwing those things all away and adding more unnecessary
waste to our landfills. Also, these 4 projects make great gifts, they
are simple and easy to do, and they’ll make you feel like you’ve done something good for
the world. Also, I found through making this mini-series
that working with a limited amount of fabric really pushes you to be more creative with
what you’ve got, and I really enjoyed making all these projects for that reason. It really kicked my sewing brain back into
gear! And I really think I’d like to try and do
more scrap fabric tutorials in the future – especially as my scrap fabric pile… well… I mean, even after 4 episodes, it still – it
still looks like this! I hardly even made a dent in it. *sigh laugh* So… I guess that means plenty more tutorials to
come. Make sure you’re subscribed to my channel
to catch all of my future videos, and thank you all so much for watching, and if you haven’t
done it yet go and check out the other 3 episodes. I hope you’re all having a great day and I’ll
see you all next time – bye! Thank you to all of my supporters on Patreon
who help to keep this channel running and allow me to continue making videos for you
all. To become a supporter – and seriously, even
$1 a month helps out SO much – go to!

100 thoughts on “DIY Wrist Pin Cushion from Scraps | Style Pile #21

  1. Thank you all for watching & supporting this mini-series! 😇

    ALSO, a bonus tip! As Kara from Patreon suggested, the pin cushion might be a bit more comfortable if you put a small amount of cushion between the lid and your wrist – glue some folded over fabric or batting to the bottom of the lid (which can be upcycled from old shoulder pads or bras just as in the 2nd episode!) 💖 Just remember to increase the length of your elastic slightly to allow for this!
    (P.s. I don't find this one uncomfortable myself, but I know that'll vary for different people!)

    Here's the link to the entire Scrap Fabric playlist so you can watch them all!

  2. Hey Annika. Loved this project. I volunteer for a group called Boomerang Bags and we upcycle old linen into reuseable bags for our communities. We also make pouffes from old hessian coffee sacks and scrap fabric. Then stuff these with all our fabric scraps and leftover threads. Look us up ☺️ thanks for the diy series and glad you brought attention to the War on Waste.

  3. My sister keeps saying you should make scrunchies with the scraps. She wants to make some but would feel more motivated if you make them too!! Love your videos, I always enjoy them. Keep being awesome!

  4. Can you do a video teaching us how to make the sequined pillows that you can make patterns in by dragging the sequins in the other direction? I love your videos and wonder how you would tackle this.

  5. You could make a ton of patch-work clothing. I've seen it used in some high-end and expensive items, and it's a pretty cool look.

  6. Please do a make thrift buy of footie sweatpants!! They’re called feet jays and I don’t know that they’re worth $40 when I could DiY it!!

  7. There's still so much that can be done for this series! Using scrap fabric (stuffed with lint from your dryer) to make cat toys, or larger scraps to make hair wraps (the ones that you twist your hair into and secure with a button and elastic behind your head), even wrist cushions at your computer for your keyboard or mouse. I'm still learning to sew but find your videos so helpful and entertaining, thank you for the awesome content and keep it up! You always have a fan with me 🙂

  8. I'm just going to be starting back as a sewing beginner after a long hiatus. I was never experienced and always had someone else on hand to help. (I also have invisible disabilities) This will be a great functional way for me to start getting my feet wet again.

  9. A ragdoll and all of her clothes make a Great scrap fabric project! Also I once made 4 barbie doll wardrobes plus a gymbag to fit them in for Christmas presents for the cousins.

  10. Oh man I totally love this! I've wished I had a convenient wrist pin cushion for a while now. The time has come! This series is great!! 😀

  11. I commented in wrong video about using yo yo makers as pattern for the pin cushion. Love your videos. Take care. I love hot glue gun. i actually can use them without burning myself.

  12. I love wrist pin cushion, it's so convenient! I also glued a magnet to my sewing machine to hold pins that pulled from fabric panels during sewing

  13. Use a scrap on the bottom of the lid so it's softer when you wear it? You could put a scrap around the elastic so it's more like a bracelet?

  14. I finally got around to watching this playlist and I am so excited! You have some seriously useful and helpful ideas! Thank you Annika! I will be trying these out and will be sure to give you credit 😊👍🏽

  15. Im a beginner. I have too much scraps too, I'd like to make doll clothes specially for the curvy Barbie. Could you help me out?Thanks

  16. My mum had an old brace she used on her elbow when gardening. It wore out so instead of throwing it out she made a wrist pin cushion with it. She used some really thick outdoor fabric from her scraps to stop the pins going through and used scraps to make the main part. It’s super comfortable to wear when I’m working on cosplay ect

  17. Something i made with scraps was make a mishmashed quilt. I had random fabrics that sort of went together and they could have been super long and skinny or very small squares, but i arranged them to all fit together and made a small quilt. It had absolutely no pattern to it, but i think it looked very cool and unique. Also, i don’t know what else i would have done with the random pieces i had. It really does push you to be more creative when you are only working with scraps.

  18. If you have any cute and long fabric you can make a choker!
    Not just a tie on one either, get some clamp ends from the bead section and add some old chain and Bam

  19. can make xmas hanging decorations out of scraps with scraps as stuffing …

    you can try something to do with patches. patch pillow or a mini purse…..

    need more vids!! xxx

  20. I was considering buying one of these for my embroidery/cross stitch projects, but after watching this video I’m totally going to make one for myself!

  21. My first time using a hot glue gun was when I was in 4th grade, my class and I were making paper poinsettia's (it was right before Christmas) and my friend bumped me and I got hot glue all over my hand. Third degree burns. It sucked, and I wasn't eve allowed to go home, they just stuck some ointment and a band aid on it.

  22. I absolutely love your Holy Scrap! videos, make me kind of feel like you're saving the environment one scrap at a time haha

  23. -what kind of DIY channel even is this
    :me, alone in front of my computer: – THE BEST ONE OK!! I really don't like hot glue because since I don't know how you are supposed to use it I end up burning my fingers (which you can guess I don't really like) so I try to use something else each time it is possible because I'm also afraid the whole thing tears apart if I use only this… Well because it mainly does when I use it, sooooo….. you know what I think if I do this DIY I will sew the pin cushion on the elastic without sewing the elastic in a loop, make two straight holes in my lid and put the elastic through them, THEN sew it.
    I can't hear anything about logic, sorry!
    EDIT: I actually ended up using some very thick cardboard-thing material I had for this. Much easier for me o/

  24. My great grandmother would make "stamp quilts" from the tiny scrap fabrics. I have one in my cedar chest that I am afraid to use due to how much work was put into it.

  25. I once made a friend of mine a wolverine inspired sewing kit from a jar. I made the pin cushion top with a felt cartoon version of wolverines face, and then made a felt… Wide belt type thing for the sides. It was super cute and made him feel a little more manly about sewing

  26. Just a suggestion myself. My daughter has an American girl doll [that we thrifted. Very proud mama] but those clothes are stupid expensive. But those dolls are also pretty small. If you have some larger fabric scraps like that brown floral annika had, you can easily find tutorials online for ways to make clothes or the measurements. This could be a way to practice or you can donate or you can sell the outfits! Just another way to recycle fabric.

  27. Ok, I need to make this 😍
    I usually just put the needles in my mouth, stick them in my shirt or in my bed/sofa 😓
    It's bad! Don't do like I do, kids!

  28. You know these rugs that look like bunch of squares from old worn out rugs? You can do that with those scraps. Just sew them together (whatever shape they are) and make a huge fabric out ot them and use it as a blanket or maybe if you like it, it can even be a garment i think.

  29. This series was wonderful! I have so much scrap fabric, you gave me loads of ideas. Have you made a kids fabric eye patch? I would like to make one for a young girl going through cancer. And making her several with fun fabrics would lift her spirits. I would like to incorporate a headband with the eyepatch, instead of the elastic band. That way she can 'attach' the eye patch to a colorful headband as well. Open to your ideas. Thank you and keep the videos coming!!

  30. I found a second hand wrist pin cushion that has scrap fabric as the wrist band with Velcro for easy removal. I use it religiously.

  31. What brand of spray paint did you use??? The stuff I tried took like HOURS to dry and was real spotty from running.. other than the spray painting the lid everything else worked out AMAZING!!

  32. What kind of craft channel is this! =>.<= hahaha. Hot glue and clear packing tape feature in my DIY vids HEAVILY because they’re simply the most useful stuff!

  33. If the casing of your sewing machine is metal, another, less permanent/more versatile option would be to hot glue a magnet inside the lid before putting the cushion in it. Then you have a semipermanent pin cushion on any metallic surface.

  34. I don't recommend using scrap fabrics as filling for pin cushions. I used to do it when i was younger but it's more difficult to put the pins in since fabric is thicker and more dense than filling. I'd recommend reusing old plushies or pillows 😄

  35. I got a great idea for you when I was washing laundry the other day! My grandmother gave me some pot holders when I moved into my new place and one of them had a little hole I noticed when washing them. THE INSIDES WERE FULL OF VARIOUS COLORED SCRAP FABRICS!!!! You could take your largest scraps (the back and front don't even need to match) and stuff them with tiny scraps and make pot holders!!!!

  36. Really enjoying this series. My quilt guild makes cat and dog pillows for our local veteranarians and animal shelters. We use pieces of denim, corduroy and upholstery samples for the outside and fill them with scraps of batting, fabric and yarn on the inside. The animals and vets love them.

  37. I have a “no waste policy” in my sewing room, so I have several things I do with my scraps too.
    Thanks for what you’re trying to do with the eco system.
    Pincushions… I would be cautious about what material I’d put in as stuffing. I noticed a bit of sponge (from the used bra) going into the pincushion. Sponge holds moisture, (as does polyester) and would end up rusting the pins.
    For pin cushion stuffing, I us a combination (about half & half) of silica gel and crushed walnut shells. The silica keeps the moisture out. The shells keep your pins sharpened.
    Great ideas though.

  38. I just made this out of some scrap fabric and some elastic I cut off a shirt (long before I planned to make this project). Thanks so much for teaching me how to do this!

  39. Watched all 4 of the mini-series – very interesting! I do have one suggestion: for you next pin cushion. I would make the poof to go around a steel wool scrubby. As you compress it, the steel wool is tightened and when in use the steel wool will help clean and sharpen any pins and needles placed into it.

  40. Annika what is that transfer paper you used called, the one you said sinks into the fabric instead of it lying on the top ???

  41. Have a few ideas for your scape pile: neck pillow, covered bottles such as old perscription bottles, patch quilt book covers.

  42. I love it! I decided to look for a tutorial to make a wrist pin cushion instead of buying one. I had everything available and in no time at all, following your easy instructions, I made me one! Now back to the sewing project! THANKS!

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