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Making a Tea Cup Pincushion

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Pincushions are a necessity for many crafters. Making your own is a craft in itself. One lovely way to design a pincushion is to use a pretty tea cup and saucer. These cushions make a nice addition to your craft area or unusual gifts. This is a guide about making a tea cup pincushion.


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February 22, 2011

Old tea cup crafted into pincushion.

Approximate Time: 1 evening



Glue cup to saucer. I usually do that the night before to let the glue dry thoroughly.

With the scrap of material, place a dessert plate on it. Trace around plate and cut on lines. 1/4 inch from edge do a running stitch. Pull the stitching, making it into a small circle, this is known as a yoyo.

Stuff until it is the size needed to fit into the teacup. Glue in place.

Glue lace edging around rim of cup. Group several hat pins, anchoring a needle threader, or whatever things you may want to decorate with. I then wrap in cellophane or it is also pretty wrapped in tulle. Add bow or pretty ribbon. Makes such a pretty gift!


By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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February 17, 2016

This is a craft idea for taking a vintage shabby chic cup from a small collection and turning it into a functional art piece; a pin cushion!

Total Time: 1/2 hr.


  • cup and saucer
  • fabric
  • cushion foam
  • glue gun
  • pins
  • purchased doily, optional


  1. Cut foam and fabric to size to fit snugly inside of cup.
  2. Test fit and then remove from the cup and wrap foam in fabric. Cover with purchased doily if using.
  3. With your hot glue gun put a generous amount of hot glue around the bottom and side of the cup.
  4. Place your wrapped foam snugly inside of cup and press down for a tight fit. And done!

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November 1, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a cupcake pincushion. This is not your traditional tomato shaped pin cushion. Making a pin cushion in the shape of a cupcake is a cute easy craft project. These useful sewing accessories can be made for yourself or as a gift.

Pins and needles stuck into an almost unseen pin cushion.

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