Tea Cup Pincushion Tutorial

I my daily wanderings on the interwebs, I came across a cute project. A tea cup pincushion. This is a perfect project for me, as I collect vintage china and glassware. Since I never seem to have enough pincushions, and I find straight pins everywhere, it was a perfect Saturday morning project. And, I decided to take photos and share.

Here is what you will need:

a tea cup
1/4 -1/2 yd fabric of your choice
needle and thread
poly fiber fill
button (optional)
hot glue or glue of your choice





Step 1:

Place your teacup inverted on you fabric. Measure about 2 1/2″ to 3″ out from the brim of the teacup. Mark in several spots around where you will need to cut.





Step 2:

Cut out the circle you have marked.

Step 3:

Make a gathering stitch all the way around your fabric circle. Once you have stitched all the way around, pull your thread to gather your fabric into a small “pouch”, but do not pull enough to close the opening.




Step 4:

You are now ready to stuff the pincushion. Use the poly fiber fill to stuff the pincushion as full as you like. Once you get the desired amount of fiber fill, pull your thread to close the opening. Secure the opening by knotting off your thread and securing the ends. At this point, you can use a button in the center top of the pincushion, to create a decorative effect.


Step 5:

You can use a hot glue gun, or glue of your choice, to secure the pincushion into the tea cup. Or You can just rest the pincushion in the cup, instead of gluing it in place.





For my first pincushion, I did not use a button, and did not glue it into the cup. You can also decorate your teacup pincushion with ribbons and different buttons, by gluing them to the brim, handle, base and/or outside of the cup. I do have several more stray cups in my glassware stash in the garage that I plan on turning into pincushions.


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