Quickie Project: Teacup Pincushion

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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:

  • Teacup
  • Fabric Scrap (at least 6″ square)
  • Two Handfuls of fiberfill
  • Permanent Adhesive (like E6000)
  • Trim (such as rickrack; optional)
  1. From the fabric, cut a circle twice the diameter of the teacup upper edge.
  2. Hand stitch the circle perimeter using a running stitch, and then gently gather the stitches to form a ball.
  3. Firmly stuff the ball with fiberfill, and then tightly gather the stitches. Knot and trim the thread ends.
  4. Apply adhesive to the ball gathered edges, and then place the ball inside the teacup. Allow the adhesive to dry.
  5. 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:

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A mason jar Pincushion to store odds and ends:

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A mini Flower-Pot version:

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Here’s one that uses recycled wool felt (just like our mittens!):

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5 Responses to Quickie Project: Teacup Pincushion

  1. Dras says:

    I have made these before…I also added baubles..old jewelry..ribbon, etc. and glued it around the cup and saucer..I glued the cup to the saucer too! Cute gift idea!

  2. Leigh-Ann says:

    Okay, these are just plain cute. Finally something useful to do with all those teacups left to me by my great-grandmother. Cute and useful and … well, I’ve made 4 now, LOL. Thanks for this great idea!

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  5. Alexandra says:

    I have just made this. Although I didnt read the instructions – I just looked at the picture and guessed the rest :) Its so cute!!!!! I love it. When my place gets tidy (which is a rarity but it sometimes happens) , it will look so lovely next to my sewing machine rather than my tatty apple one (which is still cute – its just a bit tatty). Thank you loads for sharing this :) Xxxxx

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