Friday, December 26, 2008

Felted Teacups

Some of my friends (the ones who sew) received these adorable teacup pin cushions for Christmas this year. The idea came from Betz White who appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, and gave a tutorial on making the pin cushions. I fell in love with them because they encompassed two of my favorite things, tea and sewing. Of course they could always be interpreted to be coffee cup pin cushions, depending on your beverage preference.

The cushions are made from wool sweaters that have been felted. Making these involves both hand sewing and machine sewing. I also used fabric glue for gluing the handle and the saucer to the cup. The zigzag stitch works well for sewing the I-cord together to form the handle, and also sewing it to the saucer.

8 comments:

lisa said...

I think I have shown all my family my teacup at least twice! It needs to go down to my sewing machine, but I can't help showing it off a bit more first! :)

Steph said...

This is one of the most adorable gifts I've ever received!!! It's just an amazing thing. Thank you!

Steph said...

By the way, thanks for giving me the one with the orange accents! I'm just noticing the others have slightly different color patterns. :-)

Ironic Luddite said...

I saw Steph's teacup on her blog today. You did such a great job, these are the cutest things!
-Amanda

Lady Katherine said...

These are wonderful. I also use dyed wool and felt it in soap and hot, cold water. I have raw wool from my sheep. Fun to make socks, knitted with wool and felt them. my family loves them in the winter. I never made one in the shape of a tea cup and love it. Old wool sweaters make great scarfs too. But you probably already know that. Love your felted tea cups!

artandtea said...

These are fabulous!

Corgidogmama~ said...

Aren't these the sweetest things? What tea lover wouldn't want one...you should sell these on Etsy. If you ever do, please post about it!
I'm in Indiana too, North Manchester. Did you get the snowy morning? Stop by my blog sometime, I'm currently having a giveaway.

Mad Queen said...

I agree... this project says KIM all over... Tea and sewing all in one. I absolutely love my teacup and it will forever remind me of the most talented woman I have ever known. I am confident that no one will ever occupy that title except you. My kids have LOVED their frogs too... they have been well played with. You are the best!