03 September 2012

Tea Cup Pincushion

This is an idea from the Forum and I asked Anne F. if I could use it for this article and she very kindly agreed. I did some hunting around and saw this idea on eBay and they were selling for $20! I found a gorgeous cup and saucer at the op shop for $1.50 and used a scrap of fabric out of my quilting stash to make one for Hannah's Home Ec teacher who just loved it. This is a gorgeous gift for anyone who sews or who loves vintage things.

You will need:

1 old tea cup (and saucer if you have it)
a piece of fabric about 3 times the size of the top of the tea cup
wadding or other stuffing
a glue gun or sticky glue
ribbon, lace, tape measure etc. for trim - can use whatever sewing theme items you have i.e. buttons, cotton reels etc.

Step 1.  Measure the fabric and cut into a circle roughly 3 times the size of the top of the cup and cut it out. Sew a line of running stitch around the edge of the material about 1.5cm in.

Step 2.  Put a pile of wadding in the centre of the fabric and pull the running stitch up tight to make a ball. Run a line of hot glue around the inside edge of the cup and stick the fabric ball into it to make the pincushion.

Step 3.  If you have a saucer glue the cup to the saucer. Now let your imagination run riot with the ribbon, lace etc.

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