I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, 2015.
Today, I want to share with you how to make your own teacup pincushion. I hope you have as much fun as I did making my pincushion, be creative and decorate yours as much or as little as you like.
What you will need:
- Any of these fabrics listed could work for pincushions – Cotton, Linen, Wool, Wool Felt, Hemp Fabric, Silk, Satin, Polyester, Nylon or Denim Fabric.
- Embroidery Hoop (4″ or 6″)
- Needle & Thread
- Fabric Marker
- Hot Glue Gun Arrow Fastener TR400 All Purpose Hot Melt Glue Gun
- Various buttons and other embellishments
First off, if you want a pretty embroidery detail for the top of your pincushion, begin by placing the fabric of choice in either a 4″ or 6″ embroidery hoop. I prefer the plastic hoops for its durability.
Decide on a design that you wish to embroider. I used a fabric marker and outlined a circle by tracing around a firm paper towel roll. I’m new with embroidery and if you want, check out the embroidery books I’ve found to be very helpful and fun to learn from, here.
My design was random but was pleased with the results after when I finished with french knots.
French knots can be a bit tricky to get right. Take the needle and pull it through halfway in the fabric, wrap your thread around your needle approx. three times, hold the wrapped thread with your thumb tight and pull your needle making sure to keep your thumb in place. Hopefully, a little cute knot is your result. Finally complete the french knot by sewing it to secure it in place. Repeat the steps until your happy with the number of french knots. Nice work! Now to create the pincushion itself. I cut the fabric around the embroidery hoop itself. I used the running stitch 1/4″ in from the fabric’s edge.
Make sure you use strong thread or double it up so it doesn’t break. Sew and secure the closed off end.
To prep your teacup, hot glue the cup to the dish. Make sure you use a glue gun which goes high, I used my trusty, Arrow Fastener TR400 All Purpose Hot Melt Glue Gun
which I recommend. I will never again buy a cheap glue gun because my old one had an electric shock and began smoking. It was loud, scary and I will keep with quality items from now on.
Anyway, back to your crafting, hot glue the finished pin cushion in the teacup and hold in place for 10 secs.
Now to decorate, which is the fun part. I used some string of pearls, buttons, and a cute little plastic bird.
You’re Done! I hope you had fun. Enjoy your new pincushion or it’ll be a great gift too!