A few months ago, I began the story of my first china teacup purchase, made during my impoverished student years. Sadly, a crack developed and the cup could no longer be used to serve tea. Sentimentally, I wasn’t ready to trash it.
Receiving inspiration and instruction from one of my favourite Youtube persons, Debbie Shore, I decided to re-purpose this cup and saucer and turn it into a very useful “pin cushion”.
This is how to make one:
In addition to the cup and saucer, these materials and supplies are needed:
a piece of cotton fabric, needle and thread, a generous handful of stuffing material (I used kapok), scissors, hot glue gun and glue, trim
Cut the fabric into a circle, about 26 cm diameter. Thread the needle and sew a running stitch about 10 mm from the edge of the circle. Pull up the thread to gather the circle into a ball, stuffing it as you go. Pull both ends of the thread and tie together. (The ball should be stuffed quite firmly).
Run a line of hot glue around the inside of the cup:
and adhere the fabric ball to the top of the teacup, placing the stitched side down.
Next, run a generous amount of hot glue around the depression in the saucer and adhere the teacup to it.
Finally, using more hot glue, apply the trim to the bottom of the teacup where it joins the saucer. This hides any glue that may have oozed out.
This has to be my very favourite pin cushion, ever! I love how it sits firmly on my sewing table and looks so pretty, too!
And that’s the rest of the story.