Tutorial: Cupcake Pincushion

If you fancy a bit of hand-sewing, this is little felt pincushion is a lovely project, and not too tricky either. It’s an ideal project if you are just beginning to learn embroidery stitches like French knots and lazy daisies.

Felt cupcake pincushion tutorial

You will need:


Trace the pattern pieces for the cupcake base and icing onto the Bondaweb & then roughly cut round the pieces like this:

Felt cupcake pincushion 1

Iron these pieces onto your selected pieces of felt. Don’t have your iron too hot – and follow the Bondaweb instructions!

Felt cupcake pincushion 2

Cut very neatly & carefully round the outline of the fused Bondaweb – you should end up with something that looks like this – don’t remove the Bondaweb backing paper yet:

Felt cupcake pincushion 3

Cut out the circular paper pattern for the pincushion top and base, then pin to your chosen piece of felt and cut out. Repeat for the base of the pincushion.

Felt cupcake pincushion 4

Take the pincushion top and the cupcake pieces over to your iron and arrange them on your ironing board like this:

Felt cupcake pincushion 5

Leaving the icing section in place, pick up the cupcake case (the lilac section in my photo) and remove the Bondaweb backing paper. Then carefully put the case section back in place, next to the icing, and use your iron to fuse. Now repeat this process with the icing section, making sure that the 2 pieces match together as closely as possible (don’t worry if there are a few little gaps, you will bring them together with your stitching later). You should end up with something like this:

Felt cupcake pincushion 6

Now take 3 strands of co-ordinating embroidery thread and topstitch round the base and 2 sides of the cupcake base.  When sewing the sides keeping the stitches parallel with the bottom of the cupcake makes for a neater finish.

Felt cupcake pincushion 7

This is what the stitching will look like on the back – it’s the slant that keeps your stitches nice and straight on the front. This might be stating the obvious, but this is the sort of thing that I need spelling out to me!

Felt cupcake pincushion 8

Now topstitch the icing section using a co-ordinating thread – including sewing along the line where the icing meets the base. Make sure that you pull any gappy bits together. I like to make sure I get a nice stitch in the V where the icing meets the cupcake case – so you get something that looks like this:

Felt cupcake pincushion 9

Now decorate the cupcake with whatever stitching you like. I like to use French knots or rice/seeding stitch to make the sprinkles, and lazy daisy stitches to make flowers, or whipped back stitch to create lines on the cupcake base.. Get creative! You could also use little seed beads or bugle beads to make the sprinkles, if you’re not that keen on embroidery!

Felt cupcake pincushion 10
Colourful seeding stitch / rice stitch
Felt cupcake pincushion 11
Lazy daisy flowers
Felt cupcake pincushion 12
French knots
Felt cupcake pincushion 13
Whipped backstitch

Once you’ve done all the stitching you want to do, sew on a cheerful button – the cherry on the cake!

Felt cupcake pincushion 14

I’m not giving you an exact measurement for the length of the piece of felt you need to cut to create the pincushion sides, because it could be that your software/printer has printed the pattern pieces a little larger or smaller than mine… So, now it’s time for the maths!

Measure across the widest part of the pincushion top – it should be about 7cm (2 3/4″), and multiply that number by 3.14 (that’s Pi to the maths whizzes out there). You should get an answer of around 22-23cm (8 1/2″ – 9 1/4″). Add on an extra 1.5cm (1/2″) to make sure that you’ll have an overlap when you sew round. When you have your final measurement, cut a piece of felt that length and 4cm (1 3/4″) high.

Now line up the top of your pincushion with the start of the long edge of the side piece you have just cut. You are going to join them using blanket stitch – here’s a great video on You Yube which shows how to do blanket stitch. Here’s how you start – the knot is hidden in between the two pieces of felt:

Felt cupcake pincushion 15

Work blanket stitch all the way round, joining the top and side together. When you are almost back to where you started, trim off any excess overlapping felt so that you have something that looks like this – with a small overlap:

Felt cupcake pincushion 16

As you complete the round make sure you catch up the overlapping section with blanket stitch to secure it neatly. Fasten off the stitching securely on the inside of the pincushion.

Now you need to sew up the side of the pincushion. I like to do this with a simple whip stitch – it’s a bit tricky because you have to put one hand inside the cushion – but persevere – it can be done, and it’s only a couple of inches! Here’s how you do it:

Felt cupcake pincushion 17

Now take the base section you cut a while back, and use blanket stitch to sew it to the sides, as you did for the top. Stop when you are about an 3cm (an inch or so) from the end – don’t fasten off, just unthread your needle and leave the long piece of thread hanging whilst you stuff the cushion – be careful not to stuff the thread tail into your cushion (like I have in the pic!).

Felt cupcake pincushion 18

Now stuff the pincushion – use whatever you like. And make sure it’s thoroughly stuffed to ensure that it keeps its shape.

Now rethread your needle and sew some more blanket stitch until you have almost closed the hole – push a little bit more stuffing inside just to make sure that there aren’t any unstuffed little bits. Close the hole and fasten off.

And you’re all finished – I hope you like your new pincushion…!


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35 thoughts on “Tutorial: Cupcake Pincushion

  1. Hello thanks a lot for the tutorial I mite later get a chance and try it at home after my exams but I’d really be glad to have a praline cream with extra toffee (caramel) and nuts thank you. Sweet pilot

  2. My favourite flavour is chocolate!!! There’s nothing better than a rich, chocolately cupcake with chocolate mousse icing!

  3. What a beautiful little pincushion! Thanks for the great tutorial and also for the link to The Felted Rainbow. How nice of them to offer a discount to your readers 🙂 I’ll be over there to pick out my colours when I’ve finished here 🙂
    My favourite cupcakes are many and varied 😀 but if you held a gun to my head, or maybe a really sharp needle, I’d have to say ‘Please don’t shoot me’ – only joking! Blueberry cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing 🙂 Be still my heart!
    Please count me in and thaks for the chance to win 🙂

  4. I actually just made some vanilla cupcakes today, but not my favourite. I’d have to say something with either chocolate or strawberry (or both!) in!

  5. These are soo adorable!!! My favorite cupcake is a rich chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and chopped peanuts on top! And to make it even better, I usually fill the center of it with more peanut butter frosting. Simply wonderful!!

  6. Fantastic tutorial! I especially love the button cherry 🙂

    I’m pretty indiscriminate with my cupcakes, I love them all! I’ll probably go with vanilla though, as that’s the flavour I seem to make the most often!

  7. I think yellow cupcakes with white frosting are the most delicious, then again I’ve never met a cupcake I didn’t like. The cupcake pincushion is adorable!

  8. Great tutorial! What does the Eco-fi felt feel like? I struggle to work with wool felt as it makes me itch and was wondering if this would be a good alternative? My favourite flavour is either lemon ripple (with lemon curd filling and vanilla icing) or earl grey (again, with vanilla icing). Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. OHHH these are SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
    The favorite cupcake around here is SNICKERDOODLE with CINNAMON CREAMCHEESE icing. Another is the RASPBERRY TRUFFLE with DARK CHOCOLATE GANACHE!!!..WE have the SWEETEST store here called THE CUPCAKERY…www.cravethecup.com. A must after a date with my PRINCE.

  10. Oooh, you’ve given me a jolly good idea there – I actually won Felted Rainbow’s last giveaway, lots of lovely felt flower shapes, but haven’t had a moment to really do something with them. Pretty annoying as they’re so nice to work with! Thanks to your very clear instructions I may just have to have a go at some applique-ing with them!

    PS: fresh strawberry cupcakes for me 🙂

  11. Chocolate for me – but I ping it in the microwave for a few seconds and then pour cream over it too – yummmmmy

  12. Great tutorial. I always feel that I should hide sititching but if it’s as neat as this it enhances the design!
    Favourite cup cake has to be blueberry.
    Teresa x

  13. Mmmm… anything with some turquoise frosting – there is something a bit naughty (and very unhealthy) about blue food! Thanks for the chance – I will give this pattern a go at some point, thank you x

  14. I’m afraid it is a bit predictable but it is chocolate all the way for me. Rich deep chocolate cake and a very chocolatey icing, not overly sweet. To me that is heaven.

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