As a beginner I think finding quick projects that show results immediacy can really help keep you engaged and excited to make more. This pin cushion tutorial can do just that, and who doesn’t need a cute pin cushion? It really is a sewing room staple!

Have you seen the timeless tomato pin cushions? You can follow this pattern using a red fabric to turn it into a tomato! Or, use any print and color fabric to make it your own. Get creative and have fun…

Tutorial by Diane Knott, featured on

Add some autumn cheer to your next sewing project! This little pincushion is super cute, and takes absolutely no time to make.

Pumpkin Pin Cushion Tutorial

Level: Easy

What You Need

PDF template
5″ x 18″ orange fabric
Green wool, cut into a 2½” square
Cotton thread, in color of your choice (for sewing the seams)
1 cup ground walnut shells (or your favorite pincushion filling)
Large-eye needle
2 yards orange pearl cotton thread
1 brown button
Sewing pins
Fabric pen
Rotary cutter or fabric scissors
Small funnel (optional)


1. Cut Out the Pattern

Download and print the PDF template and cut out the template pieces. Lay the oblong pumpkin template on the wrong side of your orange fabric and trace around it. Repeat until you have six shapes, then cut out each shape.

Lay the leaf template on the wrong side of your green wool, trace and cut out. When you’re done, you’ll have one green leaf and six pieces for your pumpkin.

2. Stitch the Pumpkin Pieces

Place two pumpkin cut-outs on top of each other, right sides together. Sew them together along one edge with a ¼” seam allowance.

Open the unit, and sew a third strip of pumpkin fabric along the other edge, right sides together, so three pumpkin pieces are sewn together. Repeat this with the other three pumpkin pieces so you have two units of three sewn together.

3. Sew It All Together

Place the two units of fabric together, wrong sides out (you’re essentially nestling one inside the other), and pin. Sew all the way around the edge, leaving a small opening a few inches long. Turn the pincushion right side out through the opening.

4. Fill It Up

Fill the pumpkin with ground walnut shells, or whatever you chose as filling. (Use a small funnel if necessary.) When the cushion is fully stuffed, carefully turn the raw edges of your opening under, then hand sew the opening closed.

5. Embellish the Seams

Thread the large-eye needle with pearl cotton thread and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Insert the needle through the top center of the pumpkin, where the seams intersect, and out through the bottom center. Pull the thread up around the pincushion so the thread is nested along one of the seam lines.

Again, insert the needle through the top of the pumpkin and out the bottom. Repeat until all the seams around the pincushion are lined with thread. This will give your pumpkin grooves along the seam lines. Leave your needle threaded, and make sure you end with the thread coming up through the top of your pumpkin.

6. Add the Final Details

Place the leaf wool cut-out on top of the pincushion. Using the attached needle and thread, sew the brown button to the center of the leaf. This will secure the leaf to the pincushion. Tie off your thread under the leaf to hide your ends, and trim the thread.

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!

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