Egg Cup Pincushion
With the gifting season upon us and time running out, I thought I'd offer another quick, satisfying and practical idea for a sewing related gift.
These egg cup pincushions are terribly cute and only need a tiny scrap of fabric and a handful of stuffing, providing you have an underused egg cup hiding in your cupboard corners.
I had some of these wooden egg cups to hand in need of an upcycle, but I'm sure you can use egg cups made in other materials, or in fact any similarly shaped objects - just use the right type of glue for it.
So, without further ado, cut a piece of fabric that's about 10cm (4") in diametre. Any scrap of fabric will do, as long as it's not too bulky or hard to pin through as that would totally beat the purpose. The green piece of wool I'm using here was perfect and so was the black and white linen one above.
This is totally optional, but if your fabric is likely to fray a lot during the process, finish the raw edge with a zigzag or overlock.
Using a strong thread and a hand-sewing needle, sew a running stitch about 1cm (3/8 inch) from the edge, leaving both the tails long at the end.
Pull on the two thread tails to gather the circle of fabric a little, ready for stuffing.
I used some polyester filling harvested from an old throw cushion. Pack it quite firmly and tighten the thread. Tie the ends securely, even the gathers around and shape into a nice dome by squeezing the sides with your fingers.
Apply a generous amount of glue around the inside of the wooden egg cup (a few millimetres below the top edge to avoid it spilling out) using a hot glue gun or other strong crafting glue.
Place the pincushion in with the gathered side down, push firmly and adjust any irregular gathers using an awl or large needle, etc. Please note that if using hot glue, you need to complete this step quite fast as it dries quickly.
And here you go, cute as a... pincushion! An inexpensive, but personal and thoughtful gift.
You can never have enough pincushions, and depending on the fabric and colours you use, you can get these to suit any style of a person or any era.
I hope you enjoy making them, and if you do, please share and tag with #DDpincushion - would love to see them.
Have an inspiring week and keep creating,