Jacquelynne Steves

Free Sunflower Pin Cushion Pattern


The other day, I shared some ideas on what kinds of materials to use to fill a pin cushion. Today, I am sharing a cute little free sunflower pin cushion pattern! This is a great beginner project, for young and old alike! If you are looking for a project for the kids this summer, you can use this to teach them simple machine sewing and hand sewing. It goes together quickly, too!

To make the pin cushion, you will need:

  • ~4 pieces of coordinating cotton fabrics- each 3 1/2” square for pincushion front
  • ~1- 6 1/2“ square of cotton fabric for back of pincushion
  • ~Wool scraps for sunflower applique- Gold, light brown, green
  • ~Button- 3/4”
  • ~Wool thread or perle cotton #12- gold, rust and green
  • ~Trim (such as small pompom fringe or rick rack- 4 pieces each 6 1/2” long
  • ~Stuffing of choice for pincushion, such as polyester fiberfil or crushed walnut shells
  • ~Freezer paper, sewing thread to match wool

All seam allowances are 1/4″

Sew 2 of the 3 1/2” squares together and press the seams to one side. Sew the other 2 squares together and press the seams to one side. Sew the pairs together and press the seam to one side.PinCushionA

Trace sunflower and leaf patterns onto paper side of freezer paper. Cut out, leaving about 1/8” around each shape. Use an iron to fuse the waxy side of the paper to the wool scraps. Cut out on the traced line. Peel away the freezer paper.

Pin the wool pieces to the pieced pincushion front. Stitch the edges down with matching sewing thread by using tiny whipstitches. Use the wool or perle cotton to add details. Stitch on button, tying the thread on the top.


Pin the trim to the pincushion front, along all 4 edges, leaving at least 1/2” between the outer edge of the trim and the raw edge of the fabric (remember you will need 1/4” seam allowance around the edges.) Sew trim to fabric. Sew the pincushion front and back together, right sides together, leaving a 3” opening on one side. Turn right side out and gently push out the corners with the dull end of a wooden skewer or pencil. Stuff firmly. Hand stitch the opening closed.

Sunflower Pincushion- Jacquelynne Steves

When I’m making a pin cushion as a gift, I think these fancy pins make it extra cute!! You can find them here in my online shop.


Get the printable pattern PDF here.



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    Margaret (margiestitcher)
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    many thanks for this pin cushion tutorial a girl can never have too many pin cushions

  • Helen Welsh
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Oh wow that is so cute!! Thank you so much for the free pattern, I am off to gather supplies ? Have a lovely sunny week, Helen

  • Carrie P
    Posted July 1, 2016 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your adorable pin cushion! I love sunflowers!
    Your trim is such a fun touch too! Happy Independence Day!!

  • Donna Hutchins
    Posted July 3, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Love the sunflower pin cushion. Would make nice gifts. Thank you

  • Elizabeth Brown
    Posted July 4, 2016 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Ihave tried several pin cushins and this is the best for my sewing, thank you so much. I love Jacquelynne Steves and Yours too.

  • gmp505
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Adorable pincushion! Thank You for sharing it!!!

  • Deanna Bassett
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    This is perfect and cute! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Peggy
    Posted July 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    This is so cute. I hope to make one very soon for a friend in bright blues and whites to match her sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

  • Maryann
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Adorable, I will be making one eventually. Lol

  • Pamela R
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Very cute..as usual! When I saw the fabric for your 4 patch, I had to laugh. The upper right corner fabric with the little green bird…I have had that fabric forever and seem to use it occasionally for autumn table runners and such. Guess you have some “not sew knew” fabrics too.

  • Sue
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    So pretty, thank you

  • Betty Tompsett
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Love your pin cushion Jacquelyne,also love your cute sign off Cat with the ladybird on the tail. I am curious as to where you get crushed walnut shells though. The idea for keeping pins sharpened is a good thing, Hugs from Betty in Australia

    • Jacquelynne
      Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      HI Betty- here in the US the walnut shells are sold in pet stores as reptile bedding, but I’ve heard they can be hard to come by in other countries. You might be able to find some online.

  • Marilyn Larkin
    Posted July 7, 2016 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    This pincushion is so pretty, I am certain to make a few to put into my Christmas presents stash. Thank-you so much. You are so very generous with sharing your talents.
    Oh I have filled some of my pincushions with very find sand used to fill sand pits. It works a treat.

  • Linda Janovitz
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I love sunflowers, thanks !

    Blessings to you and your family.

  • Laurene Shewan
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Grandchild is allergic to tree nuts and peanuts so I’m always looking for alternative stuffing. If you are making these for gifts, be sure that the person doesn’t have an allergic family member.

  • Lois Harak
    Posted July 9, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Love the pin cushion.

  • Wendy
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Love your designs!

  • Susan Steinke
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the sunflower pin cushion pattern.

  • Karla Berg Walker
    Posted April 25, 2017 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    This pincushion is so sweet–like all of your designs! Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity!

  • Sharon
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    So cute! Thank you.

  • Mary S
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Hi ,I love your patterns and ideas you come up with.Have you got a book with all your patterns and photos of them in it for purchase? I been going thru some health issues and haven’t been doing much quilting or cardmaking lately but your photos and quotes keep me inspired
    All I have is my phone to download patterns right now..and it doesn,t hold that much.Keep up the beautiful work and ideas.❤🐝🐞⚘🌻🌼🐛

  • Judy
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the free sunflower pincushion

  • Debra Ingle
    Posted April 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Jacquelynne, Thank you for the free Sunflower pincushion I love sunflowers.

  • Alma
    Posted April 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    What a lovely idea!! I love sunflowers – they are always look so happy. I’ll be making some of these. Now you’ve inspired me to make Christmas pin cushions with pretty Christmas fabrics and appliqued poinsettias. Thank you so much for your generous gift. Also thank you for your Sewing Bird Stitchery which I want to use on a pin cushion gift.

  • Peggy
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    I love the sunflower pin cushion! I just learning how to do appliqués. Could you explain to me the use of freezer paper I’m not sure I understand the purpose of it.

  • Pamela H
    Posted September 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful pincushion !! Thanks for the free pattern. Gonna have to get some scraps out and make me one. 😊

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