Monday, 20 February 2012

Great loves - tea and fabric ♥

2 great loves - coffee and beautiful fabric! 

So I have spent the last few days designing, cutting and sewing a new range of dresses for our label and was inspired by the beautiful fabric I was using, to make myself a tea cup pin cushion (I can't stand to waste beautiful fabrics!).









I've seen a few cushion cups around on the web and started looking for a cup a while ago. I really wanted a pink spotty cup but until I find the perfect one, I picked up this vintage white set from a garage sale. It's little, cute and perfect ♥.

The cup before.....

Now I'm all for 'permanent status' however I wanted to make my cushion cup changeable so that if I ever get tired of the gorgeous fabric and embellishments I can change them, so I decided not to glue anything into the cup.

So here's what I did....

First, I cut a large scrap of fabric out in a circle shape and placed my stuffing in the middle. I have heard that filling pin cushions with sand will keep your needles sharp. Since I didn't have nice sand in my yard, I used my stuffing.
So once the stuffing was in place, I handstitched some slip stitches around the stuffing to make a stuffed ball. I kept pulling the fabric in tighter using the stiches to make it taught - the tighter the ball is, the better - no creases in the fabric and your pins will look perfect sitting up.


Stuffing....

I then stuffed my ball right side up into the cup and added my embellishments. To keep it 'changeable' I used pins to pin everything on, placing them behind the embellishments so they couldn't be seen.

I used a pretty pink crochet flower to decorate the top and hot glued a flat back pearl to the middle. I also used some pretty pink ribbon as a bow and placed the pin in behind the bow front.


Oh 'sew' pretty!

A paper doily added a vintage touch to the saucer.....and there you have it! My pretty tea cup pin cushion is finished (and is totally changeable)!

pin-tastic!


I'll have photos up this week of our new line of dresses using the floral fabric pictured xx

Speaking of pins we're now on Pinterest - now there's another addiction to add to the list (I think it's up there with buying fabric)!

Happy pinning!

Kate x 

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