Tufted Green & Brown Pincushion

By  Kellie Mowat 

size: approx. 3"x3"


  • STAEDTLER FIMO Soft Modeling Clay: red, white, blue, brown, green
  • Small, short metal tin
  • Fabric, 12" square
  • Cotton stuffing
  • Glass-end floral pins, six (for each pin cushion)
  • Heat-resistant glitter


  • Clay tools: roller, sculpting stylus, knife
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • STAEDTLER Karat Soft Pastel Chalks
  • STAEDTLER FIMO Gloss Varnish
  • Fabric adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • masking tape (optional), scissors, paintbrush, ruler, toothpick, clay-dedicated baking sheet and oven
  • 1. Condition clay in hands until soft and pliable. Roll white clay into 3/16" sheet that will cover outside of tin. Cover tin with clay, trimming top edge flush with can edge while wrapping extra clay around bottom of tin. Smooth seams with fingertips. Make sure clay is touching all outer walls of tin and no air bubbles exist. Create grid of diagonal lines 1" apart and tiny crosses where lines intersect using sculpting tools. Scrape chalk off crayon and apply color into grooves using paintbrush. Press small balls of brown clay at top, bottom, and center line intersections.

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  • 2. Roll green clay into 1/2"-wide log. Cut four 1" slices; roll into balls. Segment each ball using toothpick. Press onto bottom of tin.

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  • 3. Roll green clay into 1/8" thick sheet long enough to wrap around tin. Trim sheet into two 3/4" strips, both long enough to wrap around tin. Cut fringe into bottom edge of one strip. Press solid clay strip around top edge, inside of tin, with upper edge extending past edge of tin. Align top of fringed strip with top of solid strip, wrapping fringed strip around tin on outside of tin. Blend seams.

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  • 4. Make one green 1/2" button and four brown/green tassels from clay. Press tassels at equal intervals around fringed edge. Set button aside.

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  • 5. Cover six pin heads with 1/8"-thick sheet of both white and green clays, making three of each color. Coat unbaked pin heads in matching glitter. Accordion-fold sheet of paper; stick pins through paper to keep upright. Bake pins, button, and covered tin on baking sheet in oven following manufacturer's instructions. Let cool. Coat glittery pin heads with layer of varnish; let dry.

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  • 6. Cut 10"-diameter circle from fabric. Sew running stitch 1/4" from outer edge of circle, place handful of stuffing in center of circle, and pull thread to gather edges. Knot off end of thread; run needle up through center of cushion; attach button. Pull needle and thread back to bottom of cushion; tie off thread. Apply bead of fabric adhesive to inside top edge of tin; press cushion into tin to secure. Let dry; add pins.