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The well known needle pillow in a cup - now with treasure inside!
While stumbling, I've come across these needle pillows in cups a few times. (Don't remember the links).

Thought I'd start making christmas gifts - to finish on time this year, so I made a needle pillow for my creative sewing friend.
After finishing I thought: "OH... I should have made a tutorial!"

I ended up making one more for the how-to :)

Posted by BexBax from Aarhus, Central Denmark Region, Denmark • Published See BexBax's 16 projects »
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  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a mocca cup you like.

    Mine are from my childhood collection, but I've also seen them at flee markets and second hand stores. Price varies.

    The saucer you can use to hold your handsoap near the sink.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 2
    Step 2

    Find some fabric that matches the cup.

    The smaller the pattern the better it looks - in my opinion.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 3
    Step 3

    Draw a circle around the cup.
    The circle should minimum have a diameter that is twice the cup's.

    Cut out the circle.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 4
    Step 4

    Thread a needle and sew with loose stitches along the edge.

    It doesn't have to look good, the stitches will be on the bottom of the pillow.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pull the string, so it looks like this.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now you can estimate wether the size of the pillow is correct.

    (If it's too big, you'll have to sew a bit further from the edge of the circle.)

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stuff the damn thing :P

    Close the hole and tie a knot.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now, this should be, what you have.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 9
    Step 9

    Put the needle through the middle of the pillow - from the ugly to the pretty side.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew like this, to give it the pumpkin shape.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 11
    Step 11

    Sew the button on the top of the pillow.

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 12
    Step 12

    Put the pillow in the cup.

    Now you have 2 possibilities:

    A) Glue the pillow on the edge of the cup, and you're done.

    B) Turn the cup into a tiny treasure chest (se step 13).

  • How to make a tea cup pin cushion. Needle Pillow In A Cup - Step 13
    Step 13

    Glue some ribbon onto the pillow and onto the cup just above the handle. This way you can lift up the pillow like a lid, and it can hold itself up by leaning on the handle.

    To cover the bad looking bottom of the needle pillow, you can stitch on a little piece of fabric.

    Store buttons, safety pins and other pretty, treasure-like stuff under the needles.

    Enjoy :)

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Max
Max · Nederland, Colorado, US · 10 projects
Cute idea, I will try this tomorrow. (:
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Calochortus
Calochortus · 1 project
This is too cute!
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BexBax
BexBax · Aarhus, Central Denmark Region, DK · 16 projects
Thank you, girls Happy
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Emily
Emily · Springfield, Missouri, US · 8 projects
i love this!
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bittyandbunny
bittyandbunny · Lincoln Park, Michigan, US · 6 projects
i love the idea of hiding small treasures underneath! cute!
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Candice C.
Candice C. · Wylie, Texas, US · 49 projects
my mom used to make something similar, which I had forgotten about until now - great idea with the storage underneath!
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Hannah
Hannah · London, GB · 12 projects
ahhhh this an amazing idea for christmas pressie's thanks! x
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queenfairypants
queenfairypants · Manchester, England, GB · 75 projects
love it!

x
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