Posted by Lacey J. Hill on April 4, 2010
This is one of my favorite Thank you or Thinking of You gifts to make!
It’s perfect for a Quilter and even a Non-Quilter. It can be placed by a sewing chair or on a dresser to hold a favorite brooch.
Tea Cup Pin Cushion
Lacey J. Hill, Golden Thyme Designs
(1) Lovely Tea Cup & Saucer
(1) 3″ Styrofoam ball
12″ square of matching fabric
12″ square of thin batting
1/2 yard of wired ribbon
1/2 yard of braid or fringe trim
(1) 3-4″ tassel
Hot glue gun & glue
Place your fabric wrong side up on a flat surface and layer the batting in the center. Place the Styrofoam ball in the center and gather up the loose edges into a tail, smoothing out any large pleats. Wrap the tail with the rubber band and trim to 2 inches.
Run a line of hot glue around the edge of the teacup about 1/2″ below the edge. Position the fabric wrapped ball in the center of the teacup and press firmly. Next, glue the braid to the edge of the tea cup so that it fills the gap between the teacup and the fabric ball. Use pins to temporarily hold the braid in place as you glue & trim the excess braid for a snug fit. Gently remove one pin at a time.
Gather up one edge of the wire ribbon to fit snugly between the bottom of the teacup and the saucer. Again, glue in place. Add the tassel to the handle of the teacup and you’re done!
I usually place a few color coordinated pins on top and sometimes
a piece of lace or silk flower. Enjoy!
©2006 Lacey J. Hill, Golden Thyme Designs