We will soon be paying tribute to all the mothers in the world and there is no better way to celebrate than with a gift you have made yourself – as we often say for all holidays and celebrations – – we think it is the best kind of gift!
It has become a tradition to share the Tea Cup Pin Cushion that I made a while back – – it gives me great pleasure to pay tribute to my mom especially with something I have sewn especially since she was the inspiration behind the project and behind Pins & Needles. She collected pretty vintage tea cups and I had thought what better way to celebrate her – – combining two things she was so passionate about – sewing and yes, her collection of tea cups.
I know she would be “sew” excited that I used her tea cups in a project to share with the P&N community and also that over the years we have grown our community to include so many passionate creators and makers!! Especially all the kids!
Here are the simple steps how to make one…
Vintage Tea Cup (you could also use a new tea cup that you like)
A handful of stuffing
Heavy paper or card stock to make a pattern – I like to use an old file folder
Pencil or Marker
Fabric Marking Pen
Packing Tape (or any tape that is pretty strong)
Hand Sewing Needle and Thread
Trace the saucer of your tea cup set on a peice of card stock or I like to use an old file folder. Add approximately 1 – 1.5″ around the diameter of the circle. Cut out pattern. Pin and trace onto your fabric scrap and then cut out.
Along the edge of the circle stitch around about a 1/4″ in – this should be a large running stitch so that you are gathering the circle together – leave about an 1″ – 1.5″ gap.
Fill with stuffing where you left the opening – stuff it so that is a pretty tight ball. When you feel you have enough stuffing continue to stitch it closed pulling tightly. Finish with a knot or two so that the stuffing is secured inside.
Put a few peices of packaging tape along the bottom and sides of the tea cup. You can also use glue if you are ok with not re-using the cup. Place your ball inside securing it to the tape/glue – make sure to push down so that you just have a mini dome about an 1″ high sticking out beyond the edge of the tea cup. Also stick a bit of tape or glue to the bottom of the tea cup and secure to the saucer.
Add some pins and you are finished!
Not only are these great Mother’s Day gifts, they are also perfect for the stitcher or crafter in your life or as a sweet addition to your own sewing kit.
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