Pillbox Pincushion

Simplicity in quilting and everyday utility make this Pillbox the perfect project to try your hand at quilting. With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.

Today, my favorite people at Riley Blake and Accuquilt have provided supplies for one lucky winner to make your own pincushion!

For your chance to WIN an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle, leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced here on the Crafts ‘n things blog on Monday, September 16th.


  • Riley Blake Serenata Cotton Fabric, scraps
  • Riley Blake Buttons, 1-1/2″, two
  • Cotton batting, 1/4 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread


  • AccuQuilt GO! Die Tumbler, 3-1/2″ (55015)
  • AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
  • Doll needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, iron and pressing surface



2-1/2″x 4-1/2″


1   Cut two tumbler pieces each of three prints using Accuquilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and GO! Tumbler 3-1/2” die. Cut two 4-3/4″ circles from coordinating print.

2   With right sides together, sew two tumblers together along long side with 1/4″ seam. Continue in same manner, alternating prints until all pieces are connected. Press seams to one side.

3   Pin tumbler strip and circles to batting and cut to fit. Machine quilt fabric to batting in desired design.

4   With right sides together, sew ends of tumbler strip together to create ring.

5   Fold ring in half evenly and place pins in either side. Fold matching pin mark ends with pins. Find quarter marks on circles by folding circle in half and marking in same manner. Repeat to find other set.

6   Matching quarter marks of circle and tumbler ring with right sides together; pin in place and machine-sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Attach bottom circle in same manner, leaving 2″ opening to turn.

7   Turn right side out. Fill cushion with fiberfill until firm.

8   Slipstitch opening closed.

9   Position button on center of circle. Sew through center of cushion using doll needle, adding bottom button on opposite side. Sew back and forth, pulling to make buttons push into cushion; secure.


For a little additional fun, create a pocket on alternating tumbler pieces by cutting three tumblers from one fabric. Create pocket by trimming 3/4″ from wide end of tumbler. Sew along cut edge with right sides together. Turn fabric right side out and press edge. Pin pocket front in position on matching tumbler piece and sew together into tumbler strip as directed. Add as many or as few pockets as you would like.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle.

For an extra chance to win, take a quick click over to my blog bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com and follow me.

Retail value of these products is about $60.00. To purchase your own, visit accuquilt.com and rileyblakedesigns.com to order or to find a retailer nearby.

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

165 thoughts on “Pillbox Pincushion

  1. What a creative idea. Our ladies group raises money for families at Christmas. This would be a great idea for us to make for our Craft sale as a stocking stuffer.
    Thank you for the ideas..

  2. I love the pin cushion. I have found using sawdust in a pin cushion helps sharpen the pins. Great for little gifts..It’s good to see the tumbler die has many uses. Thank you.

  3. Never would have thought about a tumbler to do this. Thanks for the inspiration and instructions. Love the Accuquilt dies. Especially having the dog ears cut off before you start piecing. Gives me a chance to make things “square”.

  4. What a cute pincushion! I love the pocket for the scissors. Scissors are so easily misplaced while working at my sewing machine.

  5. I can’t collect enough projects to make with my new Accuquilt GO! This pincushion is a great small project and would make a lovely gift. I have the large tumbler die, but could certainly use the smaller one ;)

  6. I really like the pincushion, it would be something I could make for gifts for all the ladies I know that quilt. Great fabric also.

  7. Darling Idea, also good for baby blocks or bean bag toss for older kids? Am also thinking english paper piecing, ready to stitch. I love the simple design, would love to win this to add to my newly purchased accuquilt go*

  8. What a great little project. My beloved old pincushion is in a very sad state and I could really use a new one. Who wouldn’t want to win this?

  9. I love the tumbler die for making quilts and this pincushion is just too cute! One can never have too many pincushions for sure and what great gifts for quilting friends. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

  10. I ordered my Accu quilt GO. It is on the way. This die would make a wonderful addition. So excited about cutting and experimenting with it.

  11. Love this cute little pincushion. It’s just the perfect little gift for my quilting friends. Thanks for the opportunity to win the die. The tumbler is one of my favorite quilts.

  12. These are really sweet and would make a wonderful addition to the sewing kits I’m putting together for my local girl guide troup.

  13. I would love to win this so I could make them and give them to my girls and granddaughters for gifts. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. This is awesome!!

  14. What a clever idea! I especially like the idea of the pocket to keep my little scissors handy when doing hand-sewing. Thanks for sharing the instructions….would love to win the small tumbler die!!!

  15. This is a very cute pincushion and what a great idea to use the die for a smaller project! I love the Riley Blake fat quarters too!

  16. That is too cute! I’ve been looking for an easier pin cushion idea. And who doesn’t love the tumbler dies! And Riley Blake always has the nicest fabrics! What a great team – AccuQuilt and Riley Blake!!!

  17. What a cute and useful pincushion, not only for gifts but of course, one to keep. Great dye and fabrics. Thanks for the opportunity to use these great products. Jackie

  18. Love my accuquilt go cutter – makes cutting so easy and fun! I always check your website for the new dies as they come out!

  19. Clever idea and beautiful execution! I love seeing creative ideas for using the Accuquilt die shapes in unexpected ways. I may have to try making a giant pincushion/tool keeper using the 6.5″ tumbler die. If I do, I’ll send you a picture.

  20. Love tumblers. Love the fabric. I love the pocket for my little thread sissors the most. I am going to make this one, ASAP.

  21. This pincushion looks both pretty and “hefty” – much prettier than the tomato pincushion I currently use. Great gift for the seamstress

  22. What a cute idea for a pincushion! I like the little pockets for small scissors, etc. The fabrics are so pretty and playful…..LOVE IT!!!

  23. I have been using my accuquilt for the past three years, it makes everything easier, It is a great way to use up scraps the tumbler will be a great addition to my cutters. The fabric is just luscious I will send you a picture of my pincusion

  24. I would never have thought to use the dies to make a pincushion. What a fabulous and cute idea. I have a couple of friends that would be thrilled to have one of these . Thank you for the opportunity to win these.

  25. I think this is just adorable. I’ve been wanting to make a pincushion. Now I’m might have the chance too thanks for the chance.

  26. What a very cute idea using the tumbler die. I have this die and used it for a mini wall hanging and flag. Now can’t wait to try the pincushion.

  27. Oh wow would love to win this fabric and the die. I have the Go Baby cutter, it would be nice to add this die to my collection. Thank You for the chance to win.

  28. I have the large tumbler die for my Go!, but the small one is such a nice craft size! Would love to win this – thanks for the chance!

  29. This is such a creative idea and fun clever use of the die. This would be the perfect thing for our quilt guild to make and sell at our show. Thank you for the great idea!

  30. This is such a cute pin cushion. The one I have is the”old” tomato that I got in my first sewing kit at age 9. Let’s just say it is pushing 60 years old. Time to change, don’t you think?

  31. love this pincushion would love to give as a Christmas gift to my sister who also sews, what a nice surprise that would be for her

  32. This pin cushion is very cute. I have never used a tumbler pattern…..am a little confused about it but sure am anxious to try. Think ya can still teach an old dog, new tricks!!!!

  33. Wow, thank you for the opportunity to win the Accuquilt die and the beautiful fat quarter bundle. Crossing my fingers and hope I win.

  34. have not tried the Accuquilt Go, but would love to win one,then I would have an excuse to try it along with my embroidery machines,lol

  35. What a cute little pincushion. I want to make one ASAP once I figure out what a tumbler is. This will be a real asset to my sewing box. Thank you so much for the free pattern.

  36. What we could do with these at the retirement center where I live, there are 4 quilters here and several learning. This tool and these fabrics would give us a chance to have homemade Christmas Gifts for those who can’t get out.

  37. What a versatile die! This pattern could be made bigger to fit on the outside of a coffee can! Then, look at all the cute pockets we could ALL use for sewing accessories! <3 this pincushion. And, those polka dot fabrics may just do the job for the accessory can!!

  38. I love my Accuquilt GO! and dies (I can’t cut fabric with my rotary cutter worth a sh#t). Don’t have the tumbler die yet.

    Thank you for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway!

  39. Love love the fabric and the pincushion for little gifts at Christmas. Also thanks to the women who said she uses sawdust. Great idea. It’s a fun fast project thanks so much Donna

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