Maker’s Monday: Teacup Pincushion

I’ve seen pictures of these before and thought they were adorable. I was recently the lucky recipient of a random collection of teacups so, on Saturday, I thought I’d try my hand at making a few. Here’s how I did it.

What you need:

  • Teacup!
  • Small bit of cream flannel
  • Fat quarter (even a partial can be enough; I was lucky to have found this swirly brown bookbinder fabric hiding in my stash)
  • Small bit of yarn (I used Spud & Chloe Sweater because, well, I had it)
  • Embroidery floss and embroidery needle
  • Thread and sewing needle
  • Polyfill or wool roving
  • Tacky Glue

20160108_231258For the tag, cut two 1″ x 1.5″ rectangles out of the flannel. Clip the corners on one of the 1″ edges. Using the embroidery floss (I used just two strands), stitch a little design on one of the pieces. I went with my mom’s first initial and a little heart.

20160108_232235Then cut a 3-4″ piece of yarn and sandwich about 0.75″ in between your two layers of flannel, coming out between your clipped corners. Using that embroidery floss again, stitch all the way around your little tea tag, making sure to sew through the yarn to secure it.

20160109_123823To the pincushion! Cut a circle approximately 12″ in diameter. You’re basically going to be making a big yo-yo at this point. Stitch all the way around the edge of the circle but be sure not to make your stitches too small or you could have trouble when you use the thread as a drawstring to pull it closed. You may also want to use your thread doubled just to make sure it doesn’t snap as you manhandle it in the next steps.

20160108_235041Add a gob of polyfill or roving to the center. You want it to be full but not hard. I checked my polyfill by grabbing a handful and putting it in my teacup. It puffed up over the edge but wasn’t in danger of rolling out and taking on a life of its own.

20160108_235239Pull that thread! Don’t snap it, though; if you’re having difficulty pulling it all the way shut, ease the fabric folds toward the knot, taking some of the stress off the thread you’re pulling. Knot it off and clip your thread.

20160109_124715Grab your teacup and your Tacky Glue. Place your pincushion in your teacup and make a mental note of where the edge hits. Pull the cushion out and use your glue to make a line all the way around the cup just under that edge point.

20160108_235950Put your tag in opposite the handle. I put mine in so that the tag hovers just above the table. Press the yarn into the glue then drop the pincushion into place, seam side in the cup. Press it down for about 30 seconds then leave it the heck alone until the glue dries completely.

20160109_125132Ta-da! Totally cute, right? In the words of my mother, “It’s got a handle!”

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  3 comments for “Maker’s Monday: Teacup Pincushion

  1. Cathy
    January 11, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I love it!!!

  2. Marti
    January 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

    I have 2 teacups that would be perfect for pincushions. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Missy 2
    January 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Love it and so clever. Great idea. Thanks for demo.

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