Monday, February 6, 2012

Teacup Pincushion

{Aunt Lorraine and I at the Tea Party Bridal Shower}


A year ago I helped throw a tea party inspired wedding shower for my cousin. As a result we now have a treasure trove of mismatched tea cups and saucers. I have been trying to figure out how to turn one of the teacups into a pincushion. While browsing Pinterest, I found Mmmcrafts’ tutorial that outlined all of the mechanics. 



I used a vintage tablecloth that I purchased at a garage sale for a dollar, one of the aforementioned teacups, and a few buttons from Grandma Kregel’s old button collection.



After hand sewing a running stitch around the fabric, I sewed the buttons onto the fabric.




This project was easy and didn’t take much time. I like my pincushion much better than the regular cloth tomato version. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the other 100 teacups. Any suggestions?





41 comments:

  1. Hi Lynette! I saw your cute blog post over at "Between Naps On the Porch". That pin cushion is just adorable. Hey, I think you need to have another tea party with different ladies who have not already seen the cups at the bridal shower. They will be impressed that you have that many tea cups!

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  2. The print on that tablecloth is perfect for that teacup! Adorable!

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  3. Cute pin cushion...great way to repurpose an old tablecloth!

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  4. I love making tea cup pincushions. Yours is ever so sweet! Thank you for the inspiration. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  5. Your pin cushion is so cute! I made one a few months ago (http://creativemomentsbycary.blogspot.com/2011/07/tea-cup-pin-cushion.html) and just love using it.

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  6. Adorable! Great find on that tablecloth, too! I am your newest follower, too.

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  7. Oh my gosh! SO cute! I am in need of a pincushion and there are so many great ideas out there! I'd love for you to share you ideas at my Friday link party: www.dwellonjoy.com. Come check it out! Have a great day!

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  8. So cute . . . I love pin cushions! Um, as for the next 100 - well, there's always mosaic art (course, then you have to break them :(! )

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    1. Good idea! I have always wanted to learn how to make mosaics. I would even be willing to sacrifice the teacups for such a project. I think I need a good lesson first.

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  9. What a great idea! I love how vintage-y it looks! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2012/02/sweet-saturday-link-party-v25.html

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  10. Hello Lynette
    Welcome to Blogville! I linked over from Passionately Artistic's linky party. I l.o.v.e. your teacup pin cushion. How about opening up an Etsy shop and making and selling the other 99 cups?!

    I'm your newest follower and look forward to seeing more of your creative projects. When you get a chance, please come visit me at
    http://altered-artworks.blogspot.com

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  11. What a wonderful way to repurpose a tablecloth...it's lovely!

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  12. I just pinned this wonderful idea the other day too. You are so clever actually making one-good on you!

    I have shared some of my favourite pins at my weekly Pinterest linky party. Please pop by and check them out if you have 5 minutes to spare!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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  13. Make more and sell them! That is so cute! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  14. I am featuring you tomorrow during Sticker Time. Feel free to stop by and button UP!

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  15. I love it. I want to make this for my sewing/craft room. If you want to donate your tea cups you could always find a tea room. We have them all over the south. But if you want to make them...sell the pin cushions on Etsy. Some people would just rather buy than make it themselves. I would love for you to add this to my Tuesday Pinterest Inspiration party :)

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  16. What a cute idea! I would love for you to share at our party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-link-party-week-25.html

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  17. You can use the other teacups on a specially themed Christmas tree! I would have so much fun doing it!! I hope you will link this post to my Show It Off Thursdays party at:

    http://ornamentplace.com/?p=2127

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  18. This is a great idea! What a great find in the vintage table cloth too! I would love if you would consider linking this post up to my Drab to Fab party tomorrow (Friday) on my blog Sugar and Spice. We celebrate making the ordinary extraordinary and this embodies that theme, so I'd absolutely love to see you tomorrow! Here's a link for more info:
    http://www.amynjesse.com/p/drab-to-fab.html

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  19. That is so cute! I just have the plain old tomato pin cussion and that is so much prettier. Might have to try something like that. I found you via the Somewhat Simple Link Party.

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  20. Dear Lynette,

    There are so many things that can be done with old tea cups. You can make candles in them and give them as gifts. You can glue the saucer to the bottom of the cup and then to some copper pipe and make bird feeders out of them - get directions of this on-line. You can fill them with bath salts and give them as gifts. They can be filled with anything small that is appropriate - candy (which I'm sure you've thought of), potpourri, fancy sugar cubes, change for laundry, lotion or sugar scubs... Do you have a friend that is a crafter? Well, how about these cups being used to hold buttons, beads, and thread bobbins? You can make a different kind of pin holder - glue a strong magnet to the underside of the cup and then glue the saucer on. The magnet will hold the pins in.

    I hope you find a use for these. Tes cups are wonderful!

    Maureen

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    1. Maureen, Thank you for taking the time to give me all of these wonderful suggestions! I will no longer feel overwhelmed by that giant box of cups!

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  21. Awww what a sweet little pincushion! I love it!

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  22. This is ADORBS! I have a teacup just waiting to have some cute like this done to it! : )

    I would LOVE it if you'd link this up at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/02/feature-friday-free-for-all-6-little.html

    Hope to see you soon!

    ~Abbie

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  23. This says home and love to me!

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  24. Totally love this idea. Would also make great Mother's Day gifts!

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  25. Oh, I love this! I've been re-doing my craft room and this is one of the little detail things I wanted to do. Using a vintage teacup is just brilliant :))))

    This is my first time to your blog, so I'm off to look around a bit more. Happy Weekend!
    --Shelley

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  26. So cute! I am totally making this. Thanks for linking up to a Pinteresting Party. :)

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  27. This is great! I'm forwarding this on to a fellow auctioner I met who has a vintage and antique shop on Johns Island and Mt Pleasant SC. What great ideas for not-so-complete sets!

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  28. I love it, I love it, I love it. Did you get I love it. I will definitely be making one for myself. I love to sew, and seeing my tea cup pin cushion will bring smiles to my face every time I use it. Glad to know how to do. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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  29. i love this, il be adding it to my to-do list lol. i would love for you to link up to my party happening now at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunday-show-off-linky-party.html
    thankyou so much xxx

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  30. Too Cute!! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up!!


    XO, Aimee

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  31. I featured this on my blog today - beautiful work!
    Thanks for joining JAQS Studio Linky Party!

    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-18-linky-party-and-features.html

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  32. Sorry it has taken me this long to THANK YOU for linking this up at my Drab to Fab party last Friday! Hope to see more of your great stuff in about 3.5 days! Have a great week!

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  33. THis is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  34. Hey Lynette! I'm featuring this tomorrow at Drab to Fab. :) See you then!

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  35. Oh my gosh you are the cutest. I LOVE this project! New follower!!

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  36. Cuties!

    Try baking chocolate cake and frosting really cute to give as gifts (bake right in the cup!). Or try chocolate souffle? Then you'd really have a "cupcake"!

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