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Wraparound Pincushion

A wraparound pincushion that fastens onto your sewing machine keeps pins in place and at your finger tips.


A wraparound pincushion that fastens onto your sewing machine keeps pins in place and at your finger tips. Follow the instructions below to make one yourself.


  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thin batting
  • Cotton or velour
  • Velcro brand tape


  1. Step 1

    Make a pattern: For length, measure the machine's circumference in a spot free of dials, then add 2 1/2 inches. Choose a width that suits the machine (about 2 to 3 inches) and add 1/2 inch.

  2. Step 2

    Layer a piece of thick fabric (for the backing) and a piece of cotton or velour over two pieces of thin batting, all cut to fit dimensions.

  3. Step 3

    Sew along three sides, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out, and top stitch around all four sides, 1/4 inch from edge.

  4. Step 4

    Sew strips of velcro brand tape to ends on opposite sides

Reviews (40)

  • Floribunda 10 Oct, 2010

    So why not just make one for your Wrist to wear when sewing? You could even sew a length of Grosgrain Ribbon to the pincushion and then tie this to your machine or loop it over a secondary spool holder, so that it hangs in front of your machine, and the soft fabric protects your machine and table from scratches. Options!

  • diefenbaker 3 Mar, 2009

    I agree with cocheri about berating people. Unfortunetly in this society, many people have never had mothers that sewed or other mentors to learn from. A little patience and understanding is needed. By the way, this is another great idea from the "Martha" team, an idea that has stood the test of time. Thanks again for sharing this idea with us.

  • sew 24 Feb, 2009

    I thought this was a great idea too but it won't work on my machine since my control panel is right there and it would be covered up. There just isn't any place on machine to wrap a pin cushion around.

  • MacyDawn 19 Feb, 2009

    I love this idea! I want to make one ASAP. I agree with MountainBerryButterfly that it could be helpful to add more padding to the design if you're worried about the pins scratching the finish on your sewing machine. My machine is plastic so no harm in pricking it with a pin. Once again- I love this idea. Way to go Martha Stewart team!!

  • MountainberryButterfly 19 Feb, 2009

    Great idea. However, I would worry about the pins scratching my machine. I think I'll try making the wrap around band with a window type opening over a large magnet. I'll make one like this (with extra padding) in wrist size though.

  • cocheri 19 Feb, 2009

    caseysmom24171 - Berating and scolding is not helpful. Some people have a harder time getting in touch with their creativity. What our society needs more of is...kindness.

  • nurbani 18 Feb, 2009

    instead of wrapping round the machine, i did a wrap around my wrist. i can take the pins with even when i'm cutting out patterns and it's so handy dandy...

  • caseysmom24171 18 Feb, 2009

    Does it matter that the one in the picture is out of date and won't work on your modern machines? C'mon ladies, just because it won't work on your newer model doesn't mean you can't be creative and do it another way. Is this what our society has turned into? "If it does not look EXACTLY like the picture....I don't want to used it or have anything to do with it?" Please! Where is your sense of creativity? Find another way for it to work for you and stop whining about it!!! OMG!

  • tweetyf 18 Feb, 2009

    instead of doing a wrap around, you might want to try a strip on the bottom of your machine by using stick on velcro and a small narrow strip of the fabric. It's the same concept only a straight line instead.

  • Theanna 18 Feb, 2009

    I have a Husqvarna Viking and have no place to wrap it but its an idea for a non computer machine

  • dudettegirl 18 Feb, 2009

    sadly, many computerized machines today have all the buttons where this would go in this outdated photo. It's a great idea, but I don't have a free space on my machine for it.

  • Ninichick 18 Feb, 2009

    Continued......and it will stay put away from direct contact with your computerized machine. Another tip is to velcro another dish to the end of your ironing board....saves a lot of time.

  • Ninichick 18 Feb, 2009

    Yes, you must keep the magnetic dish away from your computerized machine. Just put velcro on the bottom of the dish

  • PinkGranny 18 Feb, 2009

    Yes, the magnet would be better served on the table beside you. Today's velcro seems much better than what I stocked up on long ago. It appears the fusible webbing they adhere with is much stronger now.

  • lbuser 18 Feb, 2009

    An idea to collect pins off of the floor or carpet, the hardware store sells a tool for picking up screws and such that has a magnet at one end and it telescopes out from about 8 inches to about 2 feet. You can just move it about your feet and chair to collect wayward pins, needles and safety pins.

  • lbuser 18 Feb, 2009

    This is absolutely BRILLIANT. Another, Why didn't I think of that, moment. My mom glued a magnet to a bracelet - I think it was an old watch - and just popped her pins onto that until she could put them into her pin cushion.

  • gleahc 18 Feb, 2009

    Be careful when using a magnet if you have a computerized sewing machine - it could erase or damage the computer.

  • JACKIE2830 18 Feb, 2009

    I agree about a thin piece of styrofoam between as well?

  • Jennie925 18 Feb, 2009

    I'm thinking about trying this with a MAGNET inside -- even more handy than the milisecond it take to push the pin in! I'll let you know!

  • SpeshalKay 18 Feb, 2009

    I would put a layer of something rigid like plastic underneath the batting before sewing the pincushion closed, to prevent pins from going through and scratching the sewing machine's finish.

  • clarehurst 18 Feb, 2009

    A section of self-adhering Ace bandage might actually work.

  • Alejandra408 18 Feb, 2009

    The idea of a magnetic dish is a great one but if your sewing machine is computerized you should be cautious having magnets around since they can manage the machine's computerized data.

  • dbspoehel 18 Feb, 2009

    be careful with anything magnetic around you machine if it is computerized. It could wipe out the memory if it gets too close.

  • Ninichick 18 Feb, 2009

    A magnetic dish for pins placed to the right of your machine works better than all of these things. No dropping, no scratching, always at your fingertips. Can be purchased at any fabric store. Works for me and has for 30 years.

  • craftytexan68 14 Nov, 2008

    I have been sewing for 34 years... My grandmother always had this on her sewing machine. When I got my own machine that was one of the first things I did. Make sure you can wash it because with all the strings and lint it will need a good washing every once in awhile. This idea is just an old one spruced up...

  • ardens 14 Nov, 2008

    Don't do'll scratch the machine, even if it is only plastic and not as pretty as the vintage black machines! I like the idea of the carpet under the sewing machine for a pincushion.

  • Balls 14 Nov, 2008

    A nice THICK layer of folded aluminum foil over a piece of shoe-box lid, cut to fit, should keep those pins from getting to the machine surface. A piece of thick, hard plastic like that found in a clear, plastic take-out food container would work, I bet.

  • Sillys 13 Nov, 2008

    Grammababy, Susan here --- wonderful idea to use the pants hanger! I'll never have to un - twist another clothes hanger! Smiles to ya'

  • martha013 13 Nov, 2008

    I use a piece of carpet under my machine. It not only acts as a pin cushion - it also keeps the machine from moving on the table.
    __ The Other Martha

  • georgiaclark 13 Nov, 2008

    OUCH!!! Be careful! Yes, our grandmothers used this idea with a lot of their old machines, and the precious machines have scars to show exactly where the pins went! The scratches that resulted even have their own name among vintage sewing machine collectors--pinrash. If you have to use this method, just be sure to put enough padding, and preferably, some sort of hard surface between the pin cushion and the machine, just to protect it.

  • grammababy 13 Nov, 2008

    Re Silly's idea; often scarves come on small, clear plastic rings ... often when you ask, they let you keep them. Then I used the wire pants hangars with the coiled tube; unhook it; slip scarf rings on and slip the tube back on ... and clothes pin for separating is great. Grammababy

  • seahorse73 13 Nov, 2008

    Clunk, I'm hitting my head! Great idea!

  • Reenibo 13 Nov, 2008

    My great-grandma used to do this on her old old treddle machine, and then my grandma did on her old Singer machine. Still a great idea!!

  • Barbartist 13 Nov, 2008

    One of the best "why didn't I think of that?" ideas I have seen in a long time...

    Barb from Clive, Iowa

  • VictoriaSecret 13 Nov, 2008

    Dandiest ittle idea I have seen in a long time! Simple, easy BRILLIANT!

  • Sillys 13 Nov, 2008

    Love the pin idea! As for scarves, small round plastic hoops threaded onto a plastic-coated wire clothes hanger (you know, those thin, pastel ones, not the fat ones) - Un-twist the clothes hanger hook, slip the round hoops on and re-twist the hook. Slip scarves through the hoops, place a clothespin mid-way to keep them balanced, hang onto closet door. Accessible, visable, easy ! Susan from Northampton County NC

  • PDConroy 13 Nov, 2008

    This is brilliant! I've been trying to come up with something to hold my pins like this!

  • lovestennis 13 Nov, 2008

    It's handy, convenient and easy to sew. Thanks, Martha!

  • sp1090 13 Nov, 2008

    Great Idea Martha, I will definately use this tip. Sandy from Gainesville, Florida.

  • schoolmam 13 Nov, 2008

    Have you any suggestions for storing accessory scarves so that they are both easy to see and stored in a small amount of space? I want to use a lined basket, but if I stack them, to use up the most space, I can't remember where which scarves are in which basket.