How do you keep track of pins around your sewing room? I have quite a variety of pincushions that I’ve amassed over the years, including a crocheted cactus, the classic red tomato and a couple of those magnetic ones. Recently, I wanted something heavier to sit beside my sewing machine, so I created a pretty little pincushion from a recycled teacup. Here’s how:
What You Need:
- Fabric Scrap (at least 6″ square)
- Two Handfuls of fiberfill
- Permanent Adhesive (like E6000)
- Trim (such as rickrack; optional)
- From the fabric, cut a circle twice the diameter of the teacup upper edge.
- Hand stitch the circle perimeter using a running stitch, and then gently gather the stitches to form a ball.
- Firmly stuff the ball with fiberfill, and then tightly gather the stitches. Knot and trim the thread ends.
- Apply adhesive to the ball gathered edges, and then place the ball inside the teacup. Allow the adhesive to dry.
- If desired, glue a length of trim around the teacup upper edge.
You can find some nice teacups for very cheap at the thrift store, which is where I found this one. Or maybe you have some random ones around the house that could use a make-over? Either way, this would be a fun and fast gift to make and personalize for your sewing buddies this holiday season. Here are some other cute variations from around the web:
A No-Sew Version:
A mason jar Pincushion to store odds and ends:
A mini Flower-Pot version:
Here’s one that uses recycled wool felt (just like our mittens!):