A pin cushion may not seem like an essential sewing tool, but when you’re deep in fabric and desperately searching for a pin to hold the layers together, you'll be happy to have this accessory at an arm’s—or finger’s—reach.
We researched dozens of pin cushions to find the best one, evaluating them on size, material, and accessibility. Our top pick, the Dritz’s Tomato Pin Cushion, has a polyester fiberfill stuffing that keeps up to 200 pins secure, plus a strawberry-shaped emery that cleans and sharpens your pins.
Here are the best pin cushions for all your sewing needs.
Dritz 4" Large Tomato Pin Cushion
Polyester fiberfill stuffing ensures pin security
Attached emery to clean and sharpen your pins and needles
Can hold longer pins and needles
Size may be too large for some sewing stations
This adorable sewing accessory’s 4-inch diameter is ideal for holding longer pins and hand needles. It also allows you to store more pins—up to 200 according to one customer. Another user says the size also makes it easy to accommodate for multiple sizes of ballpoint, universal, double and specialty needles. Keep in mind, however, that some users found the large size unnecessary and difficult to store.
We love that while the cushion’s polyester fiberfill stuffing ensures the pins stay in place, you can easily pull them out when needed. The stuffing also helps weigh the cushion down, so you don’t have to worry about it rolling around your sewing station. Attached to the tomato is a strawberry-shaped emery, which you can use to clean and sharpen your pins and needles.
Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 inches | Material: Not listed
Delaman Pin Cushion
Adjustable elastic band ensures a snug fit
Padding provides comfort when wearing
Not the best for long pins and needles
Deemed by one customer as “The best pin cushion I’ve ever owned,” Delman’s wearable sewing accessory is simple but effective. Thanks to an adjustable elastic band, you can wear the cushion on your wrist for easier access to pins. This is perfect for sewers who travel with their equipment, bounce between projects, or simply don’t have room at their station.
When wearing it, however, stick to standard pins and needles. Because the cushion is only 1.3 inches high, you run the risk of poking yourself with longer models. But if you want to work with longer pins and needles or just give your wrist a break, the cushion’s flat surface ensures it won't roll off the table.
Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.3 inches | Material: Cloth
Grabbit Magnetic Sewing Pincushion
Available in 8 colors
Magnet holds pins in place and aligns them into organized pile
Can hold larger pins and needles
Magnet may break if cushion is dropped
It’s no surprise that Grabit’s magnetic pin cushion has a cult following, with over 4,000 5-star reviews. The sewing accessory holds pins and needles in place with a magnet that’s so powerful, it can easily sweep up pins from a short distance and align them into an organized pile. This, along with the cushion’s shallow bowl, makes it easy to grab and sew. Plus, the cushion’s nearly 5-inch length allows you to store longer pins and needles.
Take note: Grabbit's magnetic pin cushion does move easily, and customers who dropped it said the magnet didn’t work as well after. To prevent this, consider adding gripper to the bottom of your dish.
Dimensions: 4.35 x 4.9 x 1.75 inches | Material: Plastic
Best Magnetic Wrist
Sew Your Way Magnetic Wrist Sewing Pin Cushion
Magnet holds pins in place as you move
No-slip, sweat resistant strap makes for a comfortable wear
Smaller surface area not suited for long pins and needles
Sew Your Way’s magnetic wrist pin cushion is a true work of genius, combining the most accessible elements of other sewing accessories on the market. The magnet is strong enough to keep pins in place while you move your arm about—or even bump it into a table. Meanwhile, the cushion’s silicone strap minimizes slippage and prevents sweat buildup, keeping you comfortable as you work.
The strap is available in two sizes: 9 inches and 12 inches. The size of the actual cushion isn’t particularly large, so this may not be the best purchase for sewers who regularly work with long needles and pins.
Dimensions: 1 x 2-inch cushion; 9- or 12-inch strap | Material: Silicone strap
Teensery 3 Pcs Pin Cushion Rings
Convenient pins and needles access
Three rings in a set
Smaller surface area holds fewer pins
Teensery’s cushion ring puts the pins and needles right at your fingertips, making it even easier to bounce between projects. Resting on a bronze ring, the cotton polyester cushion is sturdy enough to keep pins in place, but not so heavy that it weighs down your hand as you work.
Though the cushion is smaller than others, it can still hold plenty of standard sized pins. Additionally, since you get three rings in a set, you can easily wear another ring (or two) to maximize pin storage.
Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.4 inches | Material: Polyester filling
eZAKKA Sewing Pins with Needle Cushion Holder
Safe storage for pins when not in use
Holds 200 pins
Jar not large enough for long pins and needles
If you want to store your pins when they’re not in use or just keep more on hand, eZAKKA’s jar pin cushion is the perfect solution. The cushion top is made from a fully padded cotton-polyester blend, so it can securely hold pins and needles in place. Meanwhile, the bottle base can easily store 200 standard sized pins—and even more if they’re smaller. It can’t, however, hold longer pins and needles, which is something you may want to consider.
The jar’s small size makes it easy to fit at any sewing station. To prevent it from slipping and sliding, consider adding some small grips to the bottom.
Dimensions: 3.78 x 3.74 x 3.62 inches | Material: Cotton exterior; polyester filling; glass jar
cleacloud Hedgehog Pin Cushion
Adds whimsey to sewing room
200 pins included
Lightweight makes it easy to knock over
Add a little fun to your sewing room with Cleacloud’s hedgehog pin cushion. Wrapped in cotton and stuffed with polyester fabric, this adorable accessory is built to last and keep pins in place. Each hedgehog comes with 200 pearl ball head pins, making it perfect for the sewer who's just getting started.
Although reviews for this pin cushion are high, some customers note that it is lightweight. While this is an asset for travel, that does mean it can fall over easily.
Dimensions: 4.13 x 2.56 x 2.75 inches | Material: Cotton exterior; polyester filling
Our number one pick is the Dritz’s Tomato Pin Cushion, a classic sewing accessory that is ideal for holding longer pins and hand needles. The cushion’s polyester fiberfill stuffing ensures the pins stay in place, while the strawberry-shaped emery makes it easy to clean and sharpen your pins and needles. For something more modern, consider the Grabbit Magnetic Sewing Pin Cushion, which has a shallow, magnetic bowl that keeps pins organized and makes it easy to grab and sew.
What to Look for in a Pin Cushion
When it comes to pin cushions, it’s what’s on the inside that counts the most. The filling, after all, is what keeps pins in place, keeps the cushion steady, and can even keep pins clean and sharp. The most common pin cushion filling is polyester, as it is pliable enough to place and remove pins without much issue, yet structured enough to secure them. It is, however, a lighter material, so it may cause your pin cushion to slip or fall off the table easily.
If you want a pin cushion with more weight, look for one with steel wool or emery filling, both of which can clean and sharpen pins.
A pin cushion holds pins when they aren’t in use, but they don’t do much good if they aren’t there when you need them. It’s important to consider your sewing environment when picking out a pin cushion: If your sewing is designated to a specific room or corner of the house, then you’ll do fine with a pin cushion that can be placed on a flat surface. If you have to move between rooms or, in the case of professionals, clients, then a wearable pin cushion may be more convenient.
The last thing you want is a pin cushion that can’t keep pins in place or stay on your station. The most stable pin cushions will have flat bottoms and have a little weight to it.
What is a pin cushion typically filled with?
Pin cushions can be filled with a variety of material, but the most common is polyester. The material is pliable enough to place and remove pins without much issue, but structured enough to hold them in place. It is, however, a lighter material, so it may cause your pin cushion to slip or fall off the table easily.
How do I keep my sewing pins sharp?
Though there are a few ways to keep sewing pins sharp, the most common—and effective—is using an emery board or pouch. With an emery board, simply lay the board on a flat surface and drag the pin back and forth a few times. If you’re using an emery pouch, which may come attached to the pin cushion, put your pin in the pouch several times and move it around. In both instances, be sure to wipe the pin with a clean, dry cloth after to remove any debris.
Why do most pin cushions looks like a tomato?
The origin of the tomato-shaped pin cushion is rooted in Victorian Era beliefs. According to Martha Stewart, placing a tomato on the mantle was said to ward off evil spirits, thus ensuring prosperity. But since tomatoes aren’t always in season, people improvised by creating a one out of red fabric and sawdust. Though it is unclear how this good luck charm evolved into a must-have sewing accessory, the tomato’s shape lends itself well to pin-cushions: The the spherical shape provides more surface area to hold more pins while the flat bottom keeps it from toppling over.
Why Trust the Spruce Crafts?
For this article, Leah Rocketto, a writer who has spent years covering the lifestyle space and searching for products that make life easier, performed hours of research on pin cushions and consulted several sewing blogs about this must-have accessory.