Free Pattern Friday: Cupcake Pincushion

This week I’m happy to bring you one of my own patterns – Cupcake Pincushion!


I was asked earlier in the year to make a small present for my cousin Ruby. She likes girly, pretty and cute things, and also likes to sew, so I made up a little cupcake she could use to keep her pins in. I also wrote down the pattern, and thought I’d share it with you here ๐Ÿ™‚

The pattern calls for Dk or light WW yarn in 2 colours – cake base and icing. I used scraps of DK yarn I had laying around from blanket projects – the cupcakes only take about 25g of yarn in total to make.


I also included a sturdy cardboard base in the pattern so the cupcake can stand up properly, and filled it with poly beads to add weight, You can use anything that can weigh it down – rice, beads, gravel, lentils – anything you have to hand.

Like with all my patterns, please feel free to make as many as you like, and even make them to sell on. I only ask that you don’t pass the pattern off as your own or sell the pattern itself ๐Ÿ™‚

So here it is – the Cupcake Pincushion!

Cupcake Pincushion

You Will Need:

  • Crochet Hook (I used 3.5mm [E] )
  • Small Amount Of Double Knit or Light Worsted Weight Yarn in 2 colours (cake base and icing)
  • 7mm Safety Eyes
  • Stitch Markers Or Piece Of Scrap Yarn
  • Yarn/Embroidery Needle/Circular Needle
  • Cotton thread in Red
  • Embroidery thread in Black
  • Red Pom Pom
  • Poly-fill Or Other Stuffing
  • Poly Beads or Other Weights
  • Pink Eyeshadow/Chalk Pastels
  • Pins


  • Ch โ€“ Chain Stitch
  • Sc โ€“ Single Crochet
  • Hdc โ€“ Half Double Crochet
  • St/Sts โ€“ Stitch/Stitches
  • Slst โ€“ Slip Stitch
  • Inc (Increase) โ€“ 2 Sc into 1 St
  • BLO – Back Loop Only – Crochet into the back loop of the stitch only
  • ** โ€“ Marks a group of stitches to be repeated until the round is completed


No gauge, just keep your stitches nice and tight to avoid gaps in your work

Finished Size

3.5” tall (approx)ย using a 3.5mm (E) hook and DK yarn

Other Info

  • As this is amigurumi, work in continuous rounds; in a spiral. Donโ€™t join at the end of a row; just keep going
  • Use stitch markers or a piece of scrap yarn to mark the start of every round. Replace at the start of the next round as you go along. This will help you keep track of where you started, and saves a lot of time if things go wrong!
  • I write my patterns in American terms, so Sc means Single Crochet; Dc means Double Crochet etc.
  • The number at the end of each round is the number of stitches you should now have
  • I strongly recommend using a small hook i.e.- 3.5mm (E), to keep the proportions of the toy as they are in the pictures

Cake Base

In Cake Base Colour

1. Ch 2, Sc 6 into beginning Ch, or Magic Ring 6 (6)

2. Inc around (12)

3. *Sc 1, Inc* around (18)

4. *Sc 2, Inc* around (24)

5. *Sc 3, Inc* around (30)

6. *Sc 4, Inc* around (36)

7. Sc BLO around (36)

8. *Sc 17, Inc* around (38)

This is how the BLO stitches lay after row 8…



9. Sc 9, Inc, Sc 18, Inc, Sc 9 (40)

10. *Sc 19, Inc* around (42)

11 – 13. Sc around (42)

*Bind Off, Weave In Tail*

You should now have a piece that looks like this…


Cupcake Base Complete!


1. Ch 2, Sc 6 into beginning Ch, or Magic Ring 6 (6)

2. Inc around (12)

3. *Sc 1, Inc* around (18)

4. *Sc 2, Inc* around (24)

5. *Sc 3, Inc* around (30)

6. *Sc 4, Inc* around (36)

7. *Sc 5, Inc* around (42)

8 – 11. Sc around (42)

12. Ch 2, HDC 2 in same stitch. *HDC 3 in next stitch* around (126 HDC)

Your HDC’s will look pretty flat when you start out the round…


… but should bunch up a little when you complete it. They will bunch up even more when you have sewn them to the Cake Base part

*Bind Off, Leave long tail for sewing*


Icing Complete!



Attach 2x 7mm safety eyes to the front of the Cake Base piece and embroider a little smile with black embroidery thread


Use pink eyeshadow/blush/chalk pastels to colour cheeks

Take a stiff piece of card and cut out a circle roughly the same size as the Cake Base bottom…


Place card in base of Cake Base and secure with a few stitches, using the same colour yarn you made the Cake Base from…


Take Frosting and sew to Cake Base…




A circular needle is really handy for sewing the piece together!

At about 3/4 of the way round, fill bottom of work with poly pellets/beads/rice to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the cupcake up with stuffing and continue to sew closed…


Attach red pom pom to the top of the piece with a few stitches, or just glue it down…


Add pins to the top of the Icingย and you’re done!


Make a Rainbow Cupcake Army!

I really hope you enjoyed the pattern and make lots of cupcakes yourself! Any questions at all or tips/suggestions please don’t hesitate to leave a message below and I will be happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great weekend – and Happy Crocheting!

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  1. So darn cute! Making one for my little boy sans rice/beads.

  2. These are SO adorable. I make donut pincushions and have been looking for a cupcake version. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just finished mine!!! Perfect instructions!! And this is THE cutest cupcake amigurumi EVER!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!

  4. Thank you so much, they are so cute. I am fixing to make one. I love them.

  5. Hi, I love this pattern so much but a have a problem I can’t crochet. Can you please put a link to a knitting pattern version of this pattern. Thanks EEEDS

  6. Sarah this is adorable! I’m going to try to make one and will let you know how it goes!

  7. THANK YOU! I love these! I’ll be trying out your pattern- if it turns out I’ll post a picture! If it doesn’t turn out I’ll try again and then list a picture- lol

    With a link to your blog of course!


  8. Hello, just wanted to let yoh know the Cake bottom has a minor typo. Row 10 would be … Sc 19 inc* around (42)

    I’m almost done and it’s turning out nicely ๐Ÿ˜Š. Thank you for such an adorable pattern to work up.

    • Hi Kimi, Thanks so much for letting me know about the mistake – it had totally passed me by! I have amended it now ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like the cupcakes and are making one! I hope you are enjoying the pattern! ๐Ÿ˜€

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