Fun wrist watch pincushion tutorial

I’ve been thinking for a while that the handy pincushions that some of my customers bring to classes to wear on their wrists would be a very useful item.

Then I had the rather silly idea of making one that was like a watch! After all it is worn on your wrist!

So if you would like to make yourself a gold watch here is the pattern and tutorial:                  watch 29 bobbins and buttons


Outer edge fabric 40cm x 40cm

watch face fabric 30cm x 30cm

Embroidery thread

Large handful of toy stuffing

2.5cm elastic approx 20cm (wrist size)

Scrap of felt

Download the pattern here:

watch pincuhion body

watch face pattern

How to make:


1. Ideally stretch the watch face fabric onto an embroidery ring. Transfer the clock face design onto the fabric. If your fabric is light enough you may be able to trace the design with a vanishing or erasable pen. One of my customers Rosie has recently introduced me to Frixion pens by Pilot. Not intended for fabric but they erase with heat. I am a total convert. Or you can use one of the other products on the market for transferring your design.

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2. Embroider the numbers and watch hands. I used a simple back stitch.

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3. Cut the watch backing, following the inner line on the pattern.

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4. Machine a row of stitches around the inner circle (width marked on the pattern). Snip in to this line, close to the stitching but don’t cut the stitches. Press this seam to the inside, folding so the stitch line comes on the edge of the fold.

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5. Place the cutout circle over the embroidery and pin centrally. Stitch in place.

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6. Cut away the excess watch face fabric at the back. Press.

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7. Stitch two rows of wide gathering stitches around the outer edge of the piece. Draw the threads up to gather tightly at the back.

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8. Fill the opening with toy stuffing until the pin cushion is firm.

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9. Pull the gathering stitches so they are as tight as they will go, be careful not to snap the stitches. Working from the inner gather stitch start to pull the gap together with hand stitches. Work around in a circle until all edges are pulled in and the shape is even and firm.

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10. Cut a strip of fabric measuring 40cm x 7.5cm for the wrist strap and a small circle of felt approx 5cm across. Stitch the long edge of the wrist strap using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave the short edges open. Turn through and press.

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11. Cut a piece of elastic 3cm longer than your desired wrist measurement. Using a safety pin feed the elastic into one short end of the wrist strap. Don’t lose the end of the elastic!

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12. Once the elastic is threaded through remove the pin and overlap the ends approximately 3cm . Sew in the centre of the overlap ensuring the elastic is stitched.

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13. Place the wrist band at the back of the pin cushion and catch in place with hand stitches at either side.

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14. Place the felt piece over the the watch strap join, covering the join and the raw edges.

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15. Slip stitch around the edge of the felt piece to complete.

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You could have fun and make up your own face, there’s no need for it to be a watch face you could make an animal face and add some ears at the edge or an emoji face!!? Perhaps a fun and useful gift for a sewing friend!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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