Teacup Pincushion with Tutorial

I needed a new pincushion, so I decided to make myself one. This is how to do it:

First of all you need a teacup. As you know, my favourite colour is purple:

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A saucer is nice, but not essential.
It doesn’t have to cost much. I got my cup and saucer from a charity shop for not much at all:

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To make your teacup pincushion you need to find some fabric that goes with the pattern on your cup. I used purple felt.

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You need to cut a circle of fabric bigger than your saucer if you have one – I use a side plate. Your circle needs to be at least an inch larger in diameter than your cup.

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Sew running stitch around the edge of your circle, leaving thread hanging at both ends. If you are using a patterned fabric, the ends of your thread both need to end on the best side of the fabric. I do this by hand, but you can do this by machine.

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Pull your threads together so that the fabric looks a bit like a shower cap. Tie your thread ends together, leaving a hole of just under an inch. Make sure you secure it well!

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Then stuff it with toy stuffing.

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Keep stuffing until it is packed quite tight and has a rounded shape.

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Place glue round the inside of your cup, using either a glue gun (on my wish list!) or some other strong glue.

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Place your stuffed fabric circle in the cup and hold it down whilst the glue dries. I leave it overnight to dry.

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At this point you have a teacup pincushion, but I like to use the saucer too. I also glue it in place. The saucer is great for placing things like your cotton reels so they don’t roll around or get lost.

Ta Dah!

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One teacup pincushion!

It really is this easy. It also is quick to make, it probably only takes around half an hour plus drying time. If you know someone who likes sewing this would make a perfect Christmas present!

23 thoughts on “Teacup Pincushion with Tutorial

  1. Q – I want that!! My favorite color is purple and my favorite flower is a violet! YUM! How did you luck out and find that cup? Color me green! Curls and I are going to make this! Thank you!!

  2. This is wonderful! I have made these in the past from cross stitch kis. Pretty hefty in price, too. I never thought to pick up tea cups and saucers at garage sales, or resale shops and create them that way. Great idea!

  3. I saw someone post directions for this on Pinterest awhile ago but never had time to make one myself. Looks fantastic! You’ve inspired me to get my act together and make one myself.

  4. Wow, so easy. That’s a beautiful cup and saucer you found. Love it. Nice job. Thanks for sharing the instructions. I always want to over think these.

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    Want to make your own pin cushion? This design from Mrs M Makes is (I think) the best one I’ve seen yet. I made my own heart-shaped pin cushion a long time ago when I first started sewing, but after seeing this I think it’s time for an upgrade!

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