This is a very easy pin cushion to make, and is ideal as a gift for someone who loves to sew. An alternate gift idea if you plan to give it to someone who doesn’t like sewing is to put a small organza bag filled with dried lavender inside the cushions when stuffing them, they will smell and look beautiful.
1. Download and cut out the templates or make your own. You just need two squares, one slightly smaller than the other.
2. Taking the fabric that will make the bottom cushion, fold it so that the right sides are facing and pin on the larger template through both pieces. Do the same with the top fabric and smaller template.
3. Draw around the templates, remove the templates and re-pin the fabrics. Cut out the squares following the drawn line. You will now have two large squares pinned together and two small squares pinned together ready for sewing.
4. Keeping the squares pinned with right sides facing, sew each square either by hand or machine using a ˝ inch seam allowance (the width of the sewing foot on the machine). Leave a 1˝-2 inch gap for turning and stuffing (after securing the thread at the gap, leave a long piece of thread to sew the gap closed after stuffing).
5. Turn the squares right side out, poking out the corners (I use ‘that purple thing’ from Cotton Patch, but a good alternative is a knitting needle).
6. Stuff the cushions and sew the gap closed using a slip stitch, adding extra stuffing as you close if needed. (if you are making a lavender cushion gift instead of a pin cushion remember to add the sachet of dried lavender when you are stuffing)
7. Place the smaller cushion on top of the larger one and tie a ribbon around them both like you would with a gift (lay the ribbon on top of the cushions and holding onto the ribbon and cushions flip them over, twist the two ribbon lengths in the centre and take them down the sides without ribbon, flip the cushions over again and tie a bow in the centre of the top cushion). The pin cushion is now ready. Wasn’t that easy!