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Advent Day Four

When you have a long, busy day at work it is nice to have something to look forward to when you get home. My advent swap is definitely providing that at the moment!

Tonight I opened a parcel containing this:

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This card is very festive and looks relatively quick and easy to stitch as it is whole stitches only with no back stitch. I might be able to fit this in before Christmas. Thanks Justine!

I have had my fingers crossed that Justine received today’s gift safely. I wrapped it in quite a lot of bubble wrap, but it is quite fragile, so I have been worrying! I hope she likes this:

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Yes, it’s a teacup pincushion! (If you want to make your own see my tutorial). Justine told me months ago that one of her favourite colours is blue, but she likes most colours. The cup has a blue pattern, and the fabric is more multicoloured with flowers that go with the pattern on the cup/saucer. I really hope it got to Justine safely!

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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!