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kellen46
« on: August 30, 2007 05:33:15 PM »



I made these pin cushions from old cups, sugar bowls and creamers I found at a thrift shop. I made them with scraps from my sewing and batting scraps. Each one has a tiny heart of steel wool to sharpen and clean the pins as the cushions are used. I plan to give them as Christmas gifts to my sewing friends.
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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007 05:35:27 PM »

That's such a cute idea! Love it!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007 05:36:10 PM »

these are so cute!  what a great idea!  i did something similar with one of those easter eggs that you fill with candy because it was shaped like a chick!  how did you get them to stay in the cups, is it just because they're so stuffed?  great idea with the steel wool, i kept looking for a heart shape, duh me! haha Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007 05:38:01 PM »

Those are so cute! It's a very creative idea, I might have to try it! Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2007 05:39:02 PM »

that's brilliant!
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2007 05:40:05 PM »

WOW!!! I'll definitely try this with my old tea sets  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2007 05:40:41 PM »

So cute and eco-sensitive to boot!  What coarseness of steel wool did you use?
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2007 05:44:50 PM »

those are adorable!!! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2007 05:46:02 PM »

Fantabulous idea--although if it were me, I could see myself reaching for the pincushion instead of my cup of coffee .  . . but still a great idea!
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2007 06:10:29 PM »

oh my goodness!!!  these are the sweetest!!  ive never seen this before, but it really combines two of the cutest things i like!!  ill totally be making one (or two) -if you dont mind that is.  i hate seeing things and then going "oh i want to make one"  even though its someones idea.  i just feel like a thief, ya know?
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2007 06:12:57 PM »

What a great idea, I love the way they look!
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2007 06:26:06 PM »

That's so perfect!  I need to go make one!
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Let the baby crafting commence!  Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2007 06:03:21 AM »

Really great idea! I'd love a tutorial if you felt like it.
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2007 06:44:33 AM »

Genius!!! this will make great presents!
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2007 06:55:06 AM »

Aw, those are SUPER cute!  That a great gift!
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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2007 10:17:25 AM »

what a wonderful idea! i love them so much! what a perfect excuse to buy more adorable little teacups...
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2007 11:40:48 AM »

What a great gift idea. Such a great way to reuse too!
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2007 12:06:32 PM »

They are really nice - I actually made something like that a few months ago, after being inspired by a woman selling teacup-pincushions on etsy.
Here are mine:

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd296/Phoenixfromtheashes_album/AllemeineFreunde.jpg

I only had one espresso cup by hand, so I used tiny flower pots and a bowl. Of course, my favorite is the strawberry...
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2007 03:35:42 PM »

i love things that are crafty and useful at the same time! how did you get the fabric to stay in the cups? or is it just sitting inside it? i second that a tute would be great if you're willing!
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2007 03:56:45 PM »

 I love this idea. My biggest problem with my pin cushion now is that
 I push a needle in and it gets lost because it has no head. This way I could retrieve it on the other side! And these are so cute you could leave them out instead of hiding them in a drawer.
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« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2007 04:03:32 PM »

Really these are so easy to make, the hardest part is picking out the containers.  I used really small ones, the cup is and espresso cup so you get the relative size. I just put a glob of E600 glue in a cup, added some stuffing to fill it up about half way. The steel wool is just the steelwool is kind you find in the grocery store sans the soap. I cut it into do-able size chunks, one pad did all the ones you see there with a bit left over. I cut a  circle of fabric, stuff it with a bit of batting, shove in the steelwool and sew gathers around the edge and pull it up tight so it is like a button of fabric. I then add another glob of glue into the cup and put the stuffed "button" inside and hold it down until the glue sets, about 3-4 minutes.  I think every stitcher/crafter should have one or two of these scattered about their work space. So go thrifting and make a bunch! Happy stitching.
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« Reply #21 on: August 31, 2007 04:21:21 PM »

They are really nice - I actually made something like that a few months ago, after being inspired by a woman selling teacup-pincushions on etsy.
Here are mine:

http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd296/Phoenixfromtheashes_album/AllemeineFreunde.jpg

I think yours are wonderful, I think you should be selling them on Etsy yourself.  I don't sell my stuff, it all just gets given away. Yours look very professional you really should have your own shop.
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« Reply #22 on: August 31, 2007 08:12:36 PM »

what a wonderful idea!!! I'm sure I'll make one soon!!! Wink
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« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2007 10:28:20 PM »

That is totally adorable. Those are some great cups you chose!
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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2007 12:09:17 AM »

Thank you kellen, but I like them so much (they each have their own personality - creepy...) that I also just give them away to friends and family.

I cut a  circle of fabric, stuff it with a bit of batting, shove in the steelwool and sew gathers around the edge and pull it up tight so it is like a button of fabric. I then add another glob of glue into the cup and put the stuffed "button" inside and hold it down until the glue sets, about 3-4 minutes.

I use pretty much the same method, without the steel wool - don't like the feeling of needle on steel. Also, I think it's good to check how easily a needle goes through the fabric. Sometimes fabrics are woven so tight, the needles leave holes and it's hard to get them through.
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« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2007 07:30:05 AM »

Those are so cute! Good job!
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« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2007 07:52:02 AM »

I made a pin cushion out of a loose powder container.  I glued a strip of fabric around the side, overlapping about 1/2" on top and bottom.  Glued the top inside the container and under the bottom.  I cut a circle to fit the bottom and glued that to cover up the overlap.  I cut a styrofoam ball in half and fit it inside, then covered it with lots of stuffing.  I cut a big circle of fabric to cover the stuffing and kept tucking it in and using a toothpick  & applying glue to the inside while tucking the fabric in, until it was tight enough.  I made a small yo-yo and stuffed it with a soap-filled brillo (which contains a little jewelers rouge) and glued it to the top center of the pin cushion like a cherry on a cupcake.  I keep my needles in the cherry to keep them sharp. 
You can also use small terra cotta flower pots and decorate them.
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« Reply #27 on: September 01, 2007 08:38:52 AM »

That is such a cool idea and each on is unique.  Great idea
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« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2007 02:25:10 PM »

What an awesome idea!  Kiss
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« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2007 02:25:55 PM »

how do you make them?
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« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2007 04:35:09 PM »

Great gift idea Cool  I especially like the white ones, looks kinda like vintage milk glass.
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« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2007 06:24:14 PM »

oohhhh these are awesome. My grandma would absolutely LOVE them!!
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« Reply #32 on: September 08, 2007 11:33:24 AM »

Those are brilliant! And so cute too. I love vintage teacups. I bought one recently at Goodwill even though it has a hairline crack because it was so pretty. I was thinking of making one of those teacup candles but was afraid the hot wax would make the crack worse so this is a perfect use for it. Thanks for the directions, Kellen46...I'm adding that to my list of crafts to make for gifts (and myself)  Wink
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« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2007 11:08:47 PM »

I am thinking of making one of these but leaving the teacup on the saucer. Does anyone know the best type of glue to use to glue the cup and saucer together?
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« Reply #34 on: September 27, 2007 06:10:21 PM »

 
I am thinking of making one of these but leaving the teacup on the saucer. Does anyone know the best type of glue to use to glue the cup and saucer together?

E-6000 should work well. The big box craft stores usually have it. Some bead shops carry it.

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« Reply #35 on: September 27, 2007 08:15:58 PM »

Wow.  They are super cute.  The steel wool is a really good idea.  I can't wait to make one!
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« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2007 07:53:11 PM »

I am thinking of making one of these but leaving the teacup on the saucer. Does anyone know the best type of glue to use to glue the cup and saucer together?

E-6000 should work well. The big box craft stores usually have it. Some bead shops carry it.

Marilyn

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« Reply #37 on: October 02, 2007 07:54:04 PM »

i simply love this idea
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