Do you use a pincushion? If you don’t, you should, or at the very least use something like it! They are great personal accents for your sewing kit, setting your mood in the right direction from the get-go for yourself. You can find them in many different sizes depending on the aesthetic and with many different features.
It is important to have needle holders because the more you sew, the more you will need multiple needles at your disposal. Why would you need multiple needles? Well sometimes they bend, they can get dull, and perhaps you need a bigger size thread or another threaded needle at the ready. Electric sewing machine needles can break too. This is where a pincushion or a sewing needle book comes in handy.
We reviewed the top sewing needle holders out there and came up with this list of our favorite. We found an eclectic assortment, ranging from the uber-practical to the extra-adorable. Something in this list is sure to suit your eyes!
1. Willbond Copper Ringed Sewing Needle Tubes
This finely made needle tube made from wood, and accented with copper, makes for a clean cut, earthen look. As if it was straight out the cigar box, this needle tube comes with two separate tubes, each with the same brown color wood products. Each has 12 needles total, with equal amounts of 3 different sizes. As a bonus, it also comes with two copper thimbles as well. A very nice selection to get you started.
- Classic, vintage craft look – like a cigar case
- 2 sets of 3 different fabric needle sizes
- Comes with an additional 2 copper thimbles
- Only can hold a certain number of needles
- Can not see what’s inside from the outside
2. Grabbit Magnetic Sewing Pincushion with 50 Plastic Head Pins
This magnetic pincushion is not totally a pincushion per se, as you don’t actually stick the needles into the item. That’s where the magnet comes in, holding your needles securely in place; similar to a pin cushion. I like how with this design you can pick up a pin or set a pin down on the magnetic base without really looking or stopping your sewing project because of the magnetic feature. Where as with a cloth pin cushion you need to stop working to push pins into a cloth cushion. This item is offered in a wide variety of colors, perfect for pairing with a thematic, or color toned sewing set. For more options, it comes with 50 round-headed plastic pins.
- Simplistic, pop art-like design with bright color choices
- Comes with 50 pins
- Strong magnet that holds the pins securely in place
- No sealed container for the pins
- Need something to rest the pincushion on
3. Delaman Pin Cushion, Creative Pumpkin Pincushions & 8 Petals Daisy Shaped Pin Cushion
The Delaman pin cushion has an old-world feel to it, sure to give your sewing pattern book, the perfect accompaniment. With such lovely designs and patterns to choose from, this cushion is sure to be a winner for those who like floral, fun, and calming design patterns.
It comes with an elastic wrist band to keep you comfortable and content while sewing. You won’t even think twice about it, and shoot you might even walk out the door with it still on it’s that charming!
- Old school, yet nostalgic vibe
- Comes with an elastic band on the underside for wearing on wrist while sewing
- Made of fabrics, with floral design
- No container to store pins and needles
4. Dritz 812 Needle Storage Tubes (3-Count), Clear
On the more practical side of the design spectrum, these Dritz needle storage tubes offer the pragmatist a fine product. The color codes built into the tops of the tubes allow you to properly organize your different sized needles. In a game of inches (more like millimeters), these color codes make for a helpful tool. They are clear so you can see straight into them, kind of like your mechanical pencil lead holder from grade school. Each tub contains a magnetic inside to contain the needles inside the tube.
- Transparent tube to easily see inside
- Color coded tops to help with organization
- Very practical looking and feeling
- Useful, but not so aesthetically stimulating
- Sometimes needles get stuck inside the tube due to the magnetic feature
5. eZAKKA Sewing Needle Cushion Holder with Glass Bottle 200 Pieces Pearl Needles Quilting Pin Cushion Kit
Here is a really fun, modernist approach to the classic pincushion. Straight out of a hipster magazine, we have the eZAKKA needle cushion holder. I say hipster because of the clever use of the classic mason jar, with the dual purpose lid as the pincushion itself. If that wasn’t enough, they included 200 ball point quilting pins into the sealing glass jar. This gives you a two for one approach on the pincushion and container set-up. The only issue I see with this is that you can’t have the cushion attached to your wrist while you sew, like some of the other options on this list.
- Doubles as a pincushion and as a container
- Handmade items feeling to it – quirky and fun
- Vintage design
- Includes 200 ball point quilting pins
- Needs a surface to rest the whole thing on
6. Willbond Magnetic Wrist Sewing Pincushion with 100 Pieces Sewing Pins Set
Pincushions and thumbtacks alike easily stick to the magnetic outer coating, while the whole appendage attaches to the wrist, like a watch. It’s easy to get on and off your wrist. And the dimensions are 9.45 x 1.18 inch in size, making it the ideal size for the job while not being too large to wear while sewing. It’s a very clever design with this one. Plus, it comes with 100 ball head straight pins included.
- Very sleek modernist feeling and looking
- Magnetic with a wrist strap attachment for use while sewing
- Comes with 100 pins included
- Can wear on wrist while sewing
- Not too colorful
- No container to store needles and pins
Pricking your finger with loose needles is never fun, and these sewing needle holders will help prevent future accidents. Anyone with some sewing experience knows how important it is to safeguard your hands and your craft, so of course it is important to store these necessary mini danger items properly. Next, I’d recommend checking out what needles work best for embroidery needles.