Dinosaur Pin Cushion DIY

I’ve been using the same pin cushion since I was a little kid. It’s blue and square and I made it with my Gramma when I was, maybe, 7 years old. It’s the only one I’ve ever used, and I’ve been reluctant to give it up because it holds so much sentimental value. But it’s 20 years old and wearing out. If I’m going to try to transition away from it, it’ll need a pretty awesome replacement.

Then I thought, “Dinosaurs are pretty cool. I’ve seen dinosaur pin cushions before. I bet I could figure that out.” So let’s make a dino pin cushion!


– hollow, plastic dinosaur / animal ( got mine at Wal-Mart for a dollar)
– razor
– scrap fabric
– sewing machine
– stuffing
– something to tuck in fabric with, I used a letter opener.


1) First, cut a square out of your animals back.


2) Sew your scrap fabric together, leaving an opening to fill it with stuffing.


3) Stuff it! You want it to be pretty full but still have a little give so you can tuck that opening closed and sew it up. Which leads us to the next step…


4) Sewing it shut! Don’t worry about how neat it looks. You’ll be hiding this raw edge inside your animal.


5) Stuff your little cushion into your animal. Be careful! Some of the plastic edges might be shark and I cut myself several times while trying to maneuver it in. You might also find that you have too much stuffing to work with and have to take a little bit out (that happened with one of the other ones I made).


6) Tuck in the sides to make it look neat and pretty.


And you’re done! Gift to a crafty friend or use it yourself.


I think if I make more of these, I’ll try to cut the back pieces out at a bit of an angle, so there isn’t such a noticeable edge on them. I would also probably glue the cushion in, although these are packed so tightly it would be hard to pry them out.

I’ve got the Triceratops in use now (the transition is not a smooth one) and the elephant I passed along to a friend. But if anyone is interested in the Euoplocephalus let me know and I’ll mail him out to you!

3 Responses to “Dinosaur Pin Cushion DIY”

  1. 1 Sarah Helene April 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Clever Idea for making a pin cushion! Cute for younger sewing enthusiasts. Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  1. 1 New in the Shop: Pin Cushions | the tragic whale Trackback on April 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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