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a cute substitute for the traditional pincushion
These hand-painted teacup pincushions will add a little cute to your sewing supplies. I found a set of four plain white teacups at Goodwill for two dollars. Hand painting them is a fun idea because the brushstrokes add a nice touch, and you can easily personalize them in any way. Of course you can make a pincushion with a teacup without painting it, but isn't this more fun?

Posted by Jesse M. from Saratoga Springs, New York, United States • Published See Jesse M.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. You need a teacup, glass paint (I used Martha Stewart multi-surface satin paint), paint brush, fabric, stuffing, embroidery floss, needle, something circular to trace (I used a pyrex container), hot glue gun + sticks, and scissors.

    *a note on circle size: I was unsure of how big to make the fabric circle at first so I just had to expirement; a bigger circle makes a puffier pincushion like the cloud cup*

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 2
    Step 2

    Paint your teacup and let dry. I'm bad at painting free hand so I sketched my design first with pencil, then painted over it. Any pencil marks left showing will wipe off.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 3
    Step 3

    Trace your circle onto fabric and cut out.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 4
    Step 4

    With the needle and embroidery floss, stitch around the edge of the circle with stitches about a centimeter long. When you're done the stitches won't show at all.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pull the embroidery floss and cinch up the circle so it's like a bowl. Fill with stuffing until round and firm. Finish cinching the circle closed and tie off the floss so it stays tight.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 6
    Step 6

    Apply hot glue around the whole inside of the tea cup, about half an inch down from the top. Push cushion down into the cup and hold until glue dries.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Hand Painted Teacup Pincushions - Step 7
    Step 7

    Let glue dry completely and start using!

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live2create
live2create · Ottawa, Ontario, CA · 13 projects
so cute!! >)
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WerewolfCas
WerewolfCas · Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AU
Really nice.....don't think I've seen this idea before.....will do it someday.
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