Thursday, February 25, 2010

more memory lane: teacup pincushion

My last intallment of blog memories. Ah, good times. Good times. (wistful expression)

I should have some new posts for you next week. Today's selection is a teacup pincushion tutorial from May two years ago. Maybe new to you?


MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008
make a teacup pincushion

I've had these tiny vintage teacups for a couple of years, thinking I'd make candles out of them. Today, I decided to make one into a pincushion for my lovely mom.

If you'd like to make one, here's what you'll need.

a small teacup (mine is not the usual sized teacup -- of course, if your teacup is regular sized, you can size up your pincushion to match)

poly stuffing

a 6 inch circle of coordinating cotton midweight fabric



hot glue gun

rubber gloves, if you are hot glue challenged and thrice burned, like me

Thread your needle, no knot, and sew a big running stitch all around the wrong side perimeter of the circle of fabric. Leave a long tail so you don't pull your thread through. I sewed about a quarter inch from the edge. If you know how to make yo yos, this is just like that.

Gather your circle of fabric into a little pouch, leaving a small hole to stuff through, and tie off the ends securely.

Stuff, and stuff, and stuff until it's nice and compact and smooth. Using small pieces of stuffing rather than large blobs will make this look nicer. Squash it around to make it look even. (you could embellish the pincushion more at this stage than I did -- add a fabric button on the top, for instance, or some ribbon criss crossing)

Apply liberal amounts of hot glue in the bottom and sides of your cup, taking care not to come too close to the top. Squash your pincushion down firmly into the glue. This is where you might need gloves -- the glue makes the cup HOT.

Done. Put some coordinating pins in it and wrap it up for your sewing friend. Or keep it for yourself!


  1. How cute and simple! I've seen the candles, but not a pin cushion tea cup. Very cute!

  2. So cute! Thanks for posting this! You have great ideas! I blogged about your tooth fairy pillow a couple of weeks ago here:

  3. Thank you! This blog post will be advertised on CraftCrave in the Handcraft category today (look for timestamp: [25 Feb 01:00pm GMT]).

  4. This is so pretty! What a great idea! :)

  5. Hi Larissa!

    It´s very interesting,amazing idea and so cute!

    Kiss, Mi.

  6. So lovely!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  7. So nice! I had the same problem - too many vintage demitasse and pretty espresso cups in our kitchen and me using them very sporadically.

    I wasn´t as brave as you and only used double-sided tape instead of Mr. Hot Glue. Maybe I will change my mind one fine day and want to drink some espresso, using my old demitasse. But until then it is a Hot Chocolate Pin Cushion, blogged here ;-)

  8. Here is a couple of blogs I thought you might enjoy looking at. :) and Enjoy!

  9. thanks, everyone, for your kind comments! Jess, thanks for the links! I hope you are hanging in there!

  10. This is a great tutorial! I'd become a follower if you had that option! Instead I just added you to my favorites list. I'll be back soon.


  11. Hi, Anna! thanks! FYI, you can always choose to follow using Blogger's everpresent 'follow' link at the very top of any blogger blog. Also there is another follow link at the bottom of my pages. Thanks!

  12. thanks for showing us how to make this pincushion... just 2 cute!! i really like the fabric you used... it's perfect. (o: thanks for sharing!

  13. I saw your blog the other day and decided to make one of these since i had an antique cup that didn't have any sisters. I was wondering if I could post your tutoiral on my blog for my friends and family to see how I made it.

  14. Steph, sure, you may post a link to the tutorial on your blog and borrow one photograph with a photo credit listed. Thanks for the linkage!

  15. Hello!
    I use your tutorial to made a birthday present!
    Thanks for your great idea!

  16. I made one last weekend for a friends birthday, after seeing them on display at a local craft shop. I also glued the cup to the saucer, as the displays I saw used the saucer to hold things like a tape measure, bobbins, quick-unpick, etc


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