Mouse Pincushion Video Tutorial

We just returned from a long vacation, stopping off in New York to visit Etsy for Craft Night, where I showed lots of patient people how to make the little mouse pincushion from my book 1, 2, 3 Sew. Everyone was so nice and friendly, and made me feel at ease, despite equipping me with a microphone and putting me behind a camera.

Photo above by Laura Malek.

If you’d like to make a pincushion, you can download the instructions and templates here. This version was modified to use felt for the ears, which went faster in the workshop. But if you use fabric, just be sure to add 1/4″ seam allowance to the template.

Later in the evening, my husband and kids came by and you can see how we enjoyed Etsy’s cool photo booth, and you can also scroll through some other photos from the event here.

And a special thanks to Purl Soho for providing a discount on the beautiful felt used for this project. It’s so much fun to visit their store!

19 thoughts on “Mouse Pincushion Video Tutorial”

  • That’s so funny! I just made my own mouse pin cushion from your book last night! I haven’t even had time to take a pic yet! I must’ve been sensing all those “be crafty” vibes!

  • Great job on the video! I’m going to use this in my classroom for the quiet corner. Thanks for the inspiration! I really appreciate all of your work on your blog.

  • Gah those are super adorable! Fab video too, I’m going to make a few to add to christmas gifts as ornaments. Thank you, thank you and thank you again these are just brilliant.

  • Ellen–you did a fabulous job in the video! The little mouse is such a cute idea and I have TONS of scrap fabric–I’m picturing mice all over my studio right now!
    I need to try to get a copy of your new book right away to see all your other ideas.

  • It was great to see you in action! Thanks for the tip to use the ladder stitch and the wool roving. I have heard that wool is best inside a pincushion because it keeps the pins from rusting. The roving would also give such a firm body to the mouse which I like in a pincushion.

  • Ohmygoodness! LOVE! Can you tell me what the pretty floral fabric in that little guy’s ears is and/or where you got it? I MUST HAVE SOME! 😉

  • Where can I buy your book? It seems very interesting.
    Thanks in advance for your reply Evita

  • These are so adorable! I’m going to make one for my sister as a part of her bday gifts!

  • The pattern size says it should be 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ finished. The triangle on the pattern only measures 5 1/2″ each side should the triangle be bigger.
    Thank you Margaret

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