I collect espresso cups. I just can't get enough of those adorable little demitasses, or the espresso that goes in them. I also have a horrible habit of pulling pins and leaving them in a pile next to my sewing machine. In a stroke of caffeine fueled inspiration, I came up with a way to get more use out of my collection and turn my sewing area into a much safer (and cuter) environment.
This clever set-up uses magnets so the cups are not harmed, the cushion can be moved to other cups, and pins stick to the saucer (no more loose piles). This would work with any size cup and saucer. Can you think of a better gift for a tea loving sewist? Okay, I think I've thoroughly sold it, how about a tutorial?
Cup and Saucer Pin Cushion
- Cup and Saucer (I used an espresso cup by Bodum)
- Sturdy fabric (6" circle for a small cup) (mine is from IKEA)
- 2 Strong Magnets (I used ones similar to these)
- Filler (I used sand for it's needle sharpening qualities, but fiberfill would work)
- Needle and thread
- Optional: Felt to help stop sand from coming out
- Cut a circle of fabric about twice the diameter of the opening of your cup. If using sand, cut another slightly smaller circle of felt.
- Sew a running stitch around the outside of your circle.
- Set the felt inside (if using). Then cinch the stitches and fill with sand or fiberfill.
- Pull your stitches all the way tight (cover the hole with a bit of tape if you used sand) and check inside your cup; you might need to adjust your filling. If it fits well, tie off your stitches.
- For a cleaner finish, cover your cinched opening with a small circle of felt or fabric, hand stitch into place.
- Assemble your pin cushion: lay down one magnet, set the cup and saucer on top, place the other magnet in the cup, tuck the cushion in the cup, and get pinning!