Some patterns for pin cushions include a miniature cupcake pin cushion and the over(ly)-easy pin cushion. As of 2015, both of these patterns are available online for free to sewers.
The miniature cupcake pin cushion includes easy instructions for sewing the pin cushion by hand and how to create the cupcake holder part that isn't sewn. Sewers can make this pin cushion in about an hour. It includes a list of the materials needed to complete the pin cushion.
The over(ly)-easy pin cushion pattern creates a cushion that looks like a sunny-side up egg. The pattern is rated as easy and completes in less then an hour.