Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I bet I'm not the only one who has a pile of weirdly-sized fabric scraps sitting in my office, waiting for me to do something with them. I'm great about using MOST of the fabric I buy, but then I get to the end of a project and the reject pieces just... stay there. My bad. I did figure out how to use one of them, though, so that's progress! Today I have an easy tutorial for making a teacup pin cushion out of that pesky extra material. (Bonus points for also using the orphan teacup I found in my china cabinet. #multitasking)
- an old teacup
- larger fabric scrap, mine was about 11 x 12
- hot glue gun
- ponytail holder or rubber band
Iron your fabric scrap--you'll be a sad panda if you have a big crease down the middle of your finished product--and lay it facedown on the table. Put a handful of batting on top.
Gather the ends of the fabric together and tie them with the rubber band/ponytail holder. You should end up with a ball like this:
Stuff the blob of cozy goodness into the teacup with the gathered end pointing down. The fabric ball should be larger slightly larger than the cup opening.
It's time for the very scientific smooshing process. Your fabric may have a couple of wrinkles around the edges, so take a finger and squish the batting around a little to smooth things out. (A note for your sanity: you probably won't be able to get it PERFECTLY flat because it's a ball of batting. Just get rid of any large gaps.)
Stick the hot glue gun between the cup and the fabric, and squeeze out a dot. Repeat this every inch or so to keep the ball o' batting securely in the cup. Smoosh the fabric into place as you go, if necessary.
And that's it! I wasn't kidding when I said this one was easy. If you can
dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball! use a rubber band, you can make a pin cushion. I kept this one for myself, but I might whip up a few more as gifts for my crafty friends and family members. Adorable teacups are easy to find at thrift stores, and we already know that a mountain of leftover fabric can happen to the best of us.
I think this would also be cute as part of a "my first sewing kit" gift for a kiddo (or adult!) who wants to learn.
What do you like to make out of leftover fabric? Have you ever made your own pin cushion?
Paige Ronchetti is an interior decorator and blogger who writes about DIY projects, decor inspiration, and personal style over at Little Nostalgia. When she's not blogging, she's working with local clients through The Room Kit, her budget-friendly interior design business. Her favorite books are Harry Potter. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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