Tutorial: Tea cup pin cushion

Last updated 09:42 14/06/2012

Lots of you have emailed me or commented to say that you felt affection for my tea cup pin cushions and asked for a tutorial. My mum showed me how to do this and I was really thrilled when I realised how very easy it was. So here's how it's done...

Materialstea cup materials

One tea cup, vintage, retro or any kind you'd like

A piece of material about 20cm (nothing stretchy)


Hot glue gun (with glue)

Needle and two strands of embroidery thread in any colour


Enough brocade or ric-rac to go around rim of cup

Button, rose or anything you'd like to stick on top

tea cup pouchStep One:

Take your fabric (make sure it is ironed) and lie flat with the right side facing down. Draw a circle on the back about 19 cm in diameter. I traced around a side plate. Cut out circle.

Step Two: 

Using a needle and the thread strands and starting from the underside of the fabric, stitch 'in and out' all the way around the circle about 5mm from the edge. Hold both ends of your thread and draw the circle closed until you have a little pouch which will look just like a tiny shower cap.

tea cup stuffedStep Three:

Stuff your pouch until it is very firm, making sure you hold on to the knotted end of your thread to make sure it doesn't pull through the fabric.

Once your pouch is stuffed, draw the pouch as tightly closed as you can - I use embroidery thread as normal thread has broken at this stage in the past. Knot the end of your thread but don't cut it. For extra security, stitch through the drawn in sides of the pouch and then knot and cut the thread again.


tea glueStep Four:

Heat the glue gun until it's ready. You need to move reasonably fast at the gluing stage as the cold cup surface makes the glue harden quickly. Make a ring of glue about 1cm down on the inside of the cup and then press your pouch on and down, making sure it is level and holding in place. This is partly why it is important for your pouch to be firmly stuffed.



tea cupStep Five:

Once the pouch glue has dried completely, which will only take a few minutes, take your brocade or ric rac and measure around the rim of the cup and cut to length, make sure to include an overlap of about 1cm. The brocade or ric rac will be glued on to cover where the pouch meets the cup giving it a tidy finish (we're almost done). Starting at the place on the rim where the handle is, spread just a few centimetres of glue on and stick on your trim. Use pins to hold it in place while the glue dries. Repeat all the way around the cup making sure your trim is level. Overlap very slightly at the end and make sure you have no loose threads on your trim.

tea finished

Step Six:

Take the button or fabric rose and glue onto the top, making sure no glue can be seen. Leave for 30 minutes or so until all the glue is dry and then remove the pins.

Sit back and admire the fruits of your labour.


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D   #1   10:38 am Jun 14 2012

I am SO making this this weekend - a trip to an op-shop for a pretty tea-cup first :D

MJ   #2   11:10 am Jun 14 2012

This is so cute! Much better than my boring magnetic pin holder.

Off to an op shop for me this weekend!

TK   #3   11:23 am Jun 14 2012

o.k. This one I quite like. I tend to be a bit fussy about what I do and don't like. sometimes hard being a perfectionist in my craft work (want things to look "professional" rather than "crafty". But that's my problem, not yours.

Keep the ideas coming.

LK   #4   12:25 pm Jun 14 2012

Y'know, you could do adorable cup-cake ones using those silicone cup-cake cups. Add an extra, contrast layer of padded fabric on top for icing...

Emma   #5   12:30 pm Jun 14 2012

I'm quite fond of mason jar pincushions myself - with the added bonus that I can store the pins inside the jar!

Tiffany   #6   01:56 pm Jun 14 2012

Would have loved to have seen this with bright, cute fabric and a lovely bright ribbon. Looks a little dull. But neat idea, you're very talented! :)

Lucky#13   #7   04:04 pm Jun 14 2012

It looks like a cappuccino. And now I think I'll go and make a coffee. Very cute.

Anna   #8   12:10 pm Jun 15 2012

Very clever! I like it alot and it looks very easy to make, but I would definitely have to make mine alot brighter.

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