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!
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:
Needle and thread
You might also want to use a bit of wool, but you could just use more thread
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.
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.
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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