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Teacup Pincushion Tutorial

I seem to have cultivated a mild addiction recently to buying vintage teacups. Not a bad thing but I only normally drink tea by the half pint! As a result I’ve rather got myself into trying some DIY teacup craft ideas and a friend suggested that it might be fun to try and make a  pincushion with one so this teacup pincushion tutorial is the result! Sadly, it does mean I can no longer drink tea from this cup but at least it means I have an excuse to have it lying around and hopefully to go and buy more vintage teacups? Here’s hoping!

teacup pincushion tutorialTeacup Pincushion Tutorial

It took me about ten minites to make this teacup pincushion, in fact the hardest part was getting both my kids to nap at the same time and get somewhere set up to take some photos!

You will need:

One teacup

Some material


Toy stuffing


Needle and thread

You might also want to use a bit of wool, but you could just use more thread

teacup pincushion DIYInstructions:

Firstly you need to iron your material. Sorry. Think how annoyed you’ll be though if your pincushion had a big crease on it when you finish it.

Use quite a big bit of fabric. I originally guessed how much I would need using some rather fancy Kate Spade material, drew round a saucer, cut it out and it wasn’t big enough. Ouch. So instead I used an old top which not only looked better (no big clashes) but meant that I didn’t mind cutting up more than I needed. It also means I can officially class this as upcycling, go me.

Put a wad of toy stuffing in the middle of your material and make it into a ball shape. Tie your wool or thread round the end until it is pretty firm, you want it to be able to hold the pins. You could also use a hairband for this to make it easy to adjust.

Put your ball into your teacup to check if it fits properly. If it doesn’t have another go.

vintage pincushion

Once you’re happy with it, cut the excess material off the ball and sew round where your wool or thread was to make sure its secure. You can remove the wool now if you want.

how to make a teacup pincushionPut some superglue all round the edge of your teacup and place the fabric ball in there. Make sure you’ve got it exactly how you want it as you can’t undo this bit!!

teacup pincushionTa da!!!! All done. You are now free to go and have a celebratory cup of tea. Well done you!

If you like this post please share it (I’d love a pin!) And if you make one yourself do tweet me a picture, it makes my day to see other people’s creations.

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  1. 30th April 2014 / 9:38 am

    This is a great idea, I’ve never seen one like this. I am always losing my pins!

    • 30th April 2014 / 6:54 pm

      Me too, worst is when they are in the carpet!!

  2. 30th April 2014 / 9:52 am

    This is beautiful! Your photos make the post. I have absolutely no crafting skill and am not a tea drinker so it’s not something I’d ever have a home for but I could imagine my mum loving it! She loves tea & sewing/needlework/making clothes! I always wished I had the same interests but me and anything crafty just do not mix!

    • 30th April 2014 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks Beth, am really trying with my photos at the moment 🙂

  3. 30th April 2014 / 5:37 pm

    What a lovely idea. I now have a bona fide reason to get some tea cups from the charity shop! Hurrah!

    • 30th April 2014 / 6:53 pm

      I seem to have collected quite a lot recently, whoops!

  4. 30th April 2014 / 7:24 pm

    That looks simpler to make than I originally thought, I must make my Mum one of these as she loves to sew.

  5. 30th April 2014 / 8:47 pm

    What a lovely idea! I have an Auntie who is always sewing, I;m going to make her one as a present 🙂

  6. 1st May 2014 / 10:29 am

    Oh I went through a stage of making tea cup pin cushions and candles. I love a pretty teacup

  7. 1st May 2014 / 11:12 am

    Such a good idea! I’m always losing pins, and you can’t beat a nice vintage tea cup 🙂

  8. 2nd May 2014 / 1:19 pm

    your always making pretty dainty craft with cute teacups! Keep them coming! #pocolo

  9. 2nd May 2014 / 1:45 pm

    What a fab idea and easy to make. Very cool 🙂 #PoCoLo

  10. 2nd May 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Love this, looks so cute! I’d love to give this a go, maybe one day! I have a lot of teacups lying around x

    • 3rd May 2014 / 6:14 pm

      I have such a big pile of them at the moment! Quite embarrassing!!

    • 3rd May 2014 / 6:14 pm

      I have such a big pile of them at the moment! Quite embarrassing!!

  11. 3rd May 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Lovely pictures Kate:) I’ve pinned 🙂

  12. 3rd May 2014 / 11:00 pm

    Kate this is such a fantastic idea! i love it 🙂

    thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo xx

  13. 4th May 2014 / 6:56 pm

    This is a lovely idea and very well explained with beautiful photos. It would make an unusual and thoughtful gift for anyone who enjoys sewing and is an easy way of keeping pins to hand in the kitchen. Great post.

    • 4th May 2014 / 7:09 pm

      Oh thank you! I’m really trying hard with my photos at the moment (only rocking an iphone) so comments like that are much appreciated!

  14. 4th May 2014 / 9:32 pm

    What a lovely idea, I’m not much of a sewer but it’s a really nice pin cushion. I so miss cups and saucers, my mum would have them all the time. I used to have a few that only came out if the vicar called 🙂 I think I’ll have to scour some charity shops myself now. I’ve pinned your tea cup and now I’m off to see what else you can do with a tea cup, thanks for the inspiration.

  15. 5th May 2014 / 6:01 am

    Love this idea. Looks really unique and woukd be great for a present for someone who’s a sewer

  16. 5th May 2014 / 8:55 am

    I love makings these and have sold so many of them at craft fairs! Sneaky tip – don’t buy toy stuffing – it’s really expensive – I buy supermarket cheap brand pillows – half the price – twice the stuffing!

  17. 6th May 2014 / 10:15 pm

    Totally love this! This is so beautiful!

  18. 22nd January 2016 / 3:31 pm

    This is a wonderful idea for a favorite tea cup that has a knick or stain inside! Thanks for the inspiration.

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