Free Pattern: Hedgie Pincushion


I don’t like to dispose of sharp metal in the trash – I’m always worried that it might hurt someone – so I’ve been putting my dead machine needles into an old pincushion for a few years. I thought it might be fun to make one where the needles become part of the design. A hedgehog is the perfect needle-y critter! Of course, pins work too.

How often do you change your machine needle? You should be changing it after about 8 to 10 hours of sewing time. A dull needle makes the machine work unnecessarily harder, so changing your needle regularly is like changing the oil in your car – smart maintenance. And a heck of a lot cheaper than a new motor!

You can download this pattern for FREE on Janome’s site here. It’s easy-peasy… you can make one in less than 2 hours – faster if you don’t get caught in an “indecision loop” when choosing your fabric! I know you know what I mean :-)


Oh, one more thing… remember that discussion on designing patterns to “make a quick buck”? Here’s a picture to show you how quickly this pattern got designed:


The published pattern was the ninth iteration. Just sayin’.





11 thoughts on “Free Pattern: Hedgie Pincushion

  1. What a great idea! I have a small jar which holds all my blunt/broken needles and bent pins (yes, I know I shouldn’t sew over them!). I change my needles regularly – and I also clean my machines regularly too. Considering how much machines cost, it makes sense to look after them.


  2. If you can do it in only 9 iterations I’m thinking you’re on a roll!

    Publishing patterns is only one part of the mix. If one publishes patterns in addition to selling the finished item then anyone who bothers to buy the pattern and actually make it has a glimmer of an idea of the time involved …


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