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Tea Cup Pincushion

There are lots of cute crafts you can make with old tea cups. Of course I wouldn't use one of my own family's heirloom tea cups for one of these crafts, but you can find them very inexpensively at yard sales and thrift stores. One fun craft you can make is a tea cup pin cushion.

For this craft all you need:

  • Tea cup (with or without saucer)
  • Piece of fabric approx. 12 x 12
  • Quilt batting or stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing pins

To make the cushion to go into the cup, all you need to do is place batting or stuffing in the center of the fabric, wrap the fabric around the stuffing, and secure with a rubber band (see photo). Trim ends of fabric as close as possible to the rubber band. If you want the pin cushion to be rounder, instead of stuffing, you can wrap the fabric around a styrofoam ball.

tea cup pin cushion

Place cushion into the tea cup. You can place a thin line of hot glue below the rim of the tea cup to hold the cushion in place. You don't have to have a saucer for your cup, but if you do you might want to use a strong glue to glue the tea cup to the saucer.

tea cup pin cushion

If your cup and saucer are decorated, you may not need any other embellishments, but if it is plain you can glue on ribbons or other items to decorate.

Place sewing pins in the top of the cushion.

This tea cup pin cushion would make a great Mother's Day gift, but it would be a fun, thoughtful gift for any time of year. I am thinking I will make one for our gift exchange at our church's annual women's ministry Christmas brunch.

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