This isn't actually a pattern, but I saved the picture for the cute idea. This was actually someone selling the pattern to make these tape measures, but it could easily be adapted to be a cute pincushion.
I just saw the cutest pin cushion and I thought of you. It is made from an old pretty tea cup. The inside was stuffed tight with batting and then a nice piece of velvet covered it and was glued to the inside of the tea cup. Everyone has a pretty ole tea cup that they aren't using that would make a wonderful pin cushion. It has opened up a whole new project center for me.
I make needlefelted pin cushions. They are fun and fast to make. You can make all sorts of fruits, veggies, etc. Needlefelting is such fun if you have not done it. You can check out my website to see what I have done. I am not sure if the pumpkin is on there or not, but I made several of them for Halloween gifts to be used as pincushions. My website is http://www.JBsBirdsandMore.com. Hope this helps. JB
Here is a picture of the pincushion that I made as Christmas gifts for friends last year. I have been looking for the pattern for you and just found it.
I hot glue little mint tins to the bottoms of the cushions to put needles, needle threaders, etc, the things that get lost amongst the pins.
They came out really cute.
I am going to mail you the instructions and if your address is not in the address forum, if you will dmail it to me I will send it to you.
Thank You everyone for the patters and ideas. I have been away from home for the past several weeks so just getting back to you. All of them are nice and i am going to try to make. I have tuna everyday for lunch so will start saving the cans.