Sewing Caddy and detachable Pincushion Tutorial

When I am sewing, I hate to be reaching for pincushion to place my pins, I am always stepping into my trashcan and searching all over for my small scissors. I am always losing my pincushion and my scissors have a magic blending power that makes them invisible to me, so I waste a bunch of time with all of that.

Well that was until this weekend, along with sewing a Cover for our bed Comfort and pillows (That I will be showing as soon as I finish the lamps I want to revamp to go with our bed) I sew this cute little Caddy:

 Sewing Caddy


The cool thing is that the pincushion is detachable, so I can pin it to the Caddy, to my belt, my shirt or just about anything. I am having so much fun with it 🙂


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– 2 pieces of 23×15 inches (raw color osnaburg)
– 1 piece of 20×14 inches that you will fold in half so it will measure 20×7 inches (Turquoise fabric)
– 4 long pieces of 2 inches wide. (2 of 25inches and 2 of 17 inches long)
– 2 pieces of lightweight interfacing (I use pellon 808) 1piece of 23×15 inches and 1 piece of 20×7 inches.
– Cutter and matching threat.

Iron the interfacing to the back of one of your big raw color pieces. and to the inside of the pocket (the pellon piece will only cover half your piece because you will fold it in half)

After folding your pocket (the turquoise fabric) sew the top of the fold about 1/8″ from the edge.

Align the raw color piece that has the interfacing in the back with your pocket like in the picture and sew the left edge.
Once it's sewed measure 1-1/2″ from the edge and make a 1 inch fold, like in the picture.
Measure how big you want your pocket and make another 1 inch fold. (I measure 6-1/2 inches and then folded)
Pin the folds, cut the excess of material in the right side and sew the bottom and the right edge
Sew the rest of the pockets you would like, I divided the rest of my space in 3 and sew from the bottom edge to the top of the pocket, then stitched to the side 1/4″ and sew back to the bottom to have a double stitch dividing my pockets.
and your pockets are ready, now we need to make  the edges.

Place other  raw color piece in the back and pin both together.

Place the 2 longer 2inch wide pieces in the back of your caddy.
Pin the edges.
Sew about 1/8: away from the edge.
1- Turn your piece facing up.
2- Make a small fold in the edge of your fabric.
3- Fold it again.
4- Pin it to your piece.

Repeat that in both edges.

Sew the edge of your folds and cut the excess of fabric in the ends.
Now for the top and bottom edges is almost the same process. Place the stripes of fabric in the back and sew.
Turn the fabric facing up.
1- First you need to fold the end of your fabric  up covering the corner.
2- Then make a small fold.
3-  Fold again.
4- and Pin to secure it in place.
Repeat with the other edge making sure the end folds are tight because if not the edges will not be clean.
When sewing this edge make sure you secure the corner stitching back and forth.

Your Caddy is ready!

Detachable Pincushion:

You will need:

– 1 piece of 6×8 inches folded to 6×4 inches. (Showed in the picture of the Caddy Materials too)
– 2 pieces of 2-1/2×6 inches (Turquoise fabric).
– 1 piece of 2-1/2×6 inches of lightweight interfacing (I use pellon 808)
– A thick bobby pin.
– Glue gun.

Press  the interfacing to 1 of the turquoise pieces of fabric and also make 1/4″ folds in both edges. (Both pieces have the folds at the ends)

Make a small cut in the center where you want the pin to be.

Place the bobby pin with the front side facing out to the back of your piece.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue  in the back of your bobby pin.

Wait for the glue to get cold before continuing.

Sew the edges of your both pieces to your raw fabric.
Fold the fabric with the turquoise facing inside. and sew two edges to make a pocket. Leave the top side open to turn inside out.

Cut the excess of fabric in the corners.

Turn inside out.
Stuff your pincushion.
Fold the top edge.
Pin it, sew all the way around the pincushion. and you are DONE!

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About Joy

Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop

62 replies
  1. Melinda
    Melinda says:

    I love how useful this is. I’m forever losing my scissors,tape, etc. Also, there’s so many possibilities for customization (embroidered tea towels, matching curtain material, etc.)!

    • Colleen
      Colleen says:

      Thank you for the instructions! I quickly made mine last night out of a remnant of vinyl and had enough fabric for a matching ironing board caddy. These are so useful. Found your tutorial via Pinterest.

  2. Cousin Berta
    Cousin Berta says:

    Joy – You are amazing! This is perfect and I can’t wait to make one for myself. I made a scissor caddy years ago to hold all my different sewing scissors, and this is the perfect complimentary project!

  3. Rosali
    Rosali says:

    Gracias por compartir el tutorial, la bolsa es muy práctica, ya no se perderán más las tijeras. Saludos desde México.

  4. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    Functional and pretty! Thank you, I’m going to give this a try – I’m so sick of standing on pins in my bare feet!

  5. Kim
    Kim says:

    This is GENIUS! Definitely moving to the top of my to-do list. This will make the life of a sewer a lot easier and less annoyed.

  6. Maria Andréa
    Maria Andréa says:

    Olá,Joy… Tudo bem?
    Sempre estou visitando a sua página, para ver as novidades… Parabéns pelos seus belos trabalhos!
    Gostaria de lhe convidar a visitar meu blog, para ver o caddy sewing que fiz seguindo o seu tutorial… Quero muito saber sua opinião!!
    Um grande abraço!!!
    Maria Andréa

  7. Anne
    Anne says:

    I made this last night for my mom for Christmas and it was so easy! I really like how it turned out and I know she will too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. carmen
    carmen says:

    Hola he descubierto tu blog hoy y me encantan todos tus tutoriales este es muy util y en cuanto pueda pienso hacerlo saludos desde España

  9. jessica hidalgo lara
    jessica hidalgo lara says:

    es bastante util este ayudante de costura por que asi las cosas estan en su lugar gracias por compartir este tutorial con nosotr5as que nos gusta hacer manualidades
    saludos de Santiago de Chile

  10. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I have been sewing since I was 11 years old, learned from one of the best…….my mom who has been sewing since she was 5!!!! She used to sneak in and use her mom’s machine when she would go to the neighbors lol. I can not begin to tell you how awesome your work is, makes me want to drop everything I am doing to sew. Thank you for sharing it!!!

  11. elsa
    elsa says:

    this is such a great tutorial and a brilliant idea! thanks so much for sharing it! just found your blog on Stumble Upon and going to be following!

  12. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    This is Awesome, I’m planning on making it for my friend for christmas. I might even make one for me while I’m at it. =]

    I have the same sewing machine as you, so I know it’ll look great with this >.<

  13. Jenean
    Jenean says:

    Loved your tutorial, included a link of my finished product. Haven’t made the pin cushion yet because I ran out of interfacing! Thanks! 🙂

  14. Lea
    Lea says:

    Thank you for sharing this tuto,Joy! I googling many tuto of this sewing mat and finally fall in love with your work! Simoly clean beautiful .

  15. Ange
    Ange says:

    I LOVE your clever idea. Wish I had thought about this years ago, this simple idea would have been very helpful. Thank you for sharing our easy to understand tutorial.

  16. Dj Merritt AKA outbutnotoutdone
    Dj Merritt AKA outbutnotoutdone says:

    OH MY GOSH. Why didn’t I think of this lol. I LOVE it and am going in to make me one …My daughter told me to QUIT making baby dresses and clothes for a week at least. So on to my list of Tutes to make. I think this one just moved to the top of the list though.

  17. Stephanie F
    Stephanie F says:

    Here from Sew Can She… LOVE this! I have been needing something like this and will be adding it near the top of my to-do list. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. (And I can’t believe I am just now finding your blog. You have some amazing tutorials & such a beautiful blog!)

  18. Rose M.S.
    Rose M.S. says:

    love this idea! and your instructions are so clear. even i can follow! what is the main fabric? is it onsinburg or am i totally blowing the spelling? love the look of that fabric!

  19. Kathy Grimm
    Kathy Grimm says:

    I enjoy your tutorials so much that I have shared your blog with my readers and nominated you for a “Kreativ Blogger Award.” If you would like to participate in this nomination, visit my site to read it there. Thank you so much!

  20. Judy
    Judy says:

    We posted about the caddy on our Facebook page and it was a huge hit! Great idea and beautifully executed! Thanks for sharing! Judy @ KAMsnaps.com

  21. Barb
    Barb says:

    Joy, your sewing caddy is fantastic! My mother taught me to sew when I was about 10. She always kept a small paper bag taped to the end of the sewing cabinet for threads & small scraps. She would have loved this idea! I’m trying to figure how to adapt this for use on a wooden sewing machine cabinet. Would need to have a large cut-out area to go around the machine since it sits in a “hole” in the top of the cabinet. ? Has anyone else asked about this? BTW, I found your site through KAMsnaps.com FB page. Love your ideas!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Barb, you can always make one and measure the sewing machine to make the hole in the center and the place it on your machine sliding in down. You would have to take it every time you “close” your machine tho =]

  22. Shelly
    Shelly says:

    I just made this caddy and absolutely love it! I even included a cell phone pocket in mine, hate when I get a text mid project and my phone is buried beneath piles of fabric 🙂

    Thanks so much for a great tutorial!

  23. Beruta Sunaklis
    Beruta Sunaklis says:

    Just finished making your amazing sewing caddy thanks to a great tutorial. Can’t wait to show my mum. She will be impressed. Now to make a matching sewing machine cover.

  24. caroline
    caroline says:

    just made it – it’s lovely and so easy to follow your instructions.
    it will be my sister’s birthday pressie as my machine has it’s own table with all the drawers, shelves and pockets for accessories to hand – but hers has to sit on a table so will be perfect. thank you!

  25. yvonne
    yvonne says:

    Thankyou I am looking for projects or my granddaughter to make I am sure she will love this. She hasn’t her own sewing machine yet but if she is keen and keeps sewing we will get her one. She has made a few things a book holder for her bed, a heat pack for her mum and one for herself. The holidays are fast approaching so she will have more time to sew. 🙂

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