Jack o’ PinMe Pincushion and Pin Sharpener

  • Pin Sharpener Made of old t-shirt and steel wool

Halloween month is officially started and I want to finally take home this pattern and tutorial for the scariest pincushion you can create on your own:

the Jack O’ PinMe pincushion and Pin Sharpener

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe - Pincushion - Pin Sharpener

Yes, you read right: a pin sharpener! I made my first one about one year ago and now I can say that my pins are rather sharp and have not even the shadow of rust also if I often leave them pinned in it! Let’s go making one…

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  1. scraps of fabrics (I used a T-shirt, you can use anything you want… maybe red for tomato if you’re traditionalist or whatever you like)- wool steel (the one you can find on the supermarket on dish-sponges shelf) SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe - Pincushion - Pin Sharpener - steel wool
  2. scraps of fleece or felt on black and dark green (any kind of fabric that won’t fray)
  3. thread, scissors, needle, sewing machine…
  4. the pattern for the embellishments!

Start cutting two circles (mine were 14 cm diameter, 1 cm seam allowances included)

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe - Pincushion - Pin Sharpener - cut main fabric Cut out shapes for eyes, nose and mouth from the black fabric and the leaf from the dark green one, following the provided template (or you can just eyeball it, it’s not rocket science!)

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe cut leaf and face pieces Sew in circle around the main fabric, Right Sides Facing, leaving a small gap to turn inside out your Pumpkin Pincushion and then to fill it.

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe sew around circles leaving a gap Fill it with steel wool, pressing well but leaving some room.

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe - fill with wool steel Add some cushion filling (I cut apart an old but washed pillow) just to be sure your pincushion it’s well stuffed and your pins will hold firmly in it

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener add some pillow filler Pin the gap closed, then stitch it by hand.

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener pin and sew to close the gap You’ll end with a “Lumpy Bumpy” cushion like this, don’t worry!

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpenere LumpyBumpy Fix it by squeezing, crushing and pinching it until you’re satisfied – it’s a good exercise for when you’re upset too 😉

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener - better Thread a hand needle with a green thread and put it double, then start sewing around the cushion, to make it look like a pumpkin; leave your thread tail on your upper side (where you’ll add the leaf).

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener - hand stitch to create a pumpkin shape

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener - hand stitch to create a pumpkin shape - closer

Sew on the leaf, making a pleat on it to give shape, with the green thread tail you left, then found the right place for your Jack’s face

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener -sew on face and leaf

With black thread, sew on eyes, nose, and mouth, placing them anywhere you like (check here how to applique by hand)

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe Pin Sharpener - sew on face and leaf

Step back and admire! And… that’s it.

PS: you can use the leaf to put needles on while you’re sewing (instead of losing them on the floor (ask me why I’m thinking about that….)

SergerPepper - Jack O'PinMe - Pincushion - Pin Sharpener

I hope you liked my little Jack O’PinMe Pincushion & Pin Sharpener.

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  1. cucicucicoo October 6, 2014 at 20:53 - Reply

    Good idea to use steel wool! 🙂 Lisa

    • Mamma Nene October 19, 2014 at 10:54 - Reply

      You know how much I love practical projects… both my pincushions are filled with it!

  2. Mariana October 7, 2014 at 09:38 - Reply

    Great idea! 😀

  3. Jenya October 7, 2014 at 11:07 - Reply

    I have never heard of a pin sharpener! What a clever idea! I am not sure I can get steel wool without soap on it…

    • Mamma Nene October 19, 2014 at 10:55 - Reply

      I’m not sure, we have both in stores, just try asking to the shop assistants… wishing you luck 😉
      Thanks Jenya for liking this pincushion!

  4. Beatriz Azuara October 7, 2014 at 12:07 - Reply

    How funny is the pincushion, I love halloween even though I never have time to do anything these days, but this year I decided I had to do a little something and I have not yet had time to start it. I enjoyed your pincushion, is great.

  5. Cher October 7, 2014 at 21:05 - Reply

    Really cute idea. Thanks for sharing. For Jenya, your local hardware store would probably have steel wool without soap product. Sharing this with friends who love Halloween!

  6. Karen J October 20, 2014 at 05:16 - Reply

    You always have such good ideas. That’s why your blog is so great.

    • Mamma Nene October 20, 2014 at 10:58 - Reply

      Thanks Karen!
      Your comment almost made me cry, you’re too sweet <3

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