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How to Make a Cute Step by Step DIY Pin Cushion – And Reusing a Broken Teacup

Looking for a fun and easy project that you can complete in just a few minutes? This DIY pin cushion tutorial is perfect for you! In this post, we will show you how to make a pincushion using supplies that you probably already have at home. This project is perfect for beginners – all you need is a little bit of time and some basic sewing skills. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

Diy pincushion in a teacup.
DIY pincushion in a teacup.

If you sew, pins are a necessity, which is why you need a pincushion.

There are many ideas to make your own pincushions, and we’ll show you the easiest and best, but let’s get started with my own. I turned a beautiful, broken antique teacup into a pincushion in a few steps. Here’s how I did it:

Diy pin cushion in a tea cup.
Diy pin cushion in a tea cup.

DIY pin cushion with a tea cup

  1. I glued the cup with crazy glue, and taped it to keep the pieces together while the glue dried.
  2. I disassembled an old dirty pincushion and kept the core. Then I covered it with new fabric and I glued it to the bottom of the tea-cup (with liquid silicone).
  3. I glued the cup to the saucer, which now became a handy tray to keep doodads contained on the sewing table.
Diy pincushion from a broken teacup.
Diy pincushion from a broken teacup.

Isn’t she pretty? Cost: $0. Time: about 30 minutes. Fun: priceless.

If you don’t happen to have a broken teacup, an old muffin tin can also be turned into a pincushion, just like so:

Diy pin cushion in a muffin tin.
Diy pin cushion in a muffin tin.

How to make a tomato pin cushion

DIY tomato pin cushion.

Check this easy, detailed tutorial and learn how to make a tomato pincushion! It only requires a few items, and you can make them in no time.

To make a tomato pin cushion you’ll need a few scraps of fabric, a button, and some stuffing.

How to make a wrist pin cushion

Writs pin cushion

Don’t throw away your fabric scraps! Learn how to make these handy wrist and ring pincushions, which are very useful when you’re sewing, and make great gifts for the sewist in your life.

You’ll need some scraps of fabric, elastic band or velcro strips and just a few other items.

How to make a petal pin cushion

Flower pin cushions

Look just how cute these little petal pincushions are! Made with a tiny bit of fabric, and a cute button, you can have them ready in no time, and make lots of it with all the cute fabric scraps you’ve been saving for too long.

How to make pumpkin pin cushion

Pumpking pin cushions

Make sewing an even better experience with this collection of the cutest pumpkin pin cushions made with just a few materials, and this super quick and easy tutorial.

How to make a mason jar pin cushion

Pin cushion jar

Make your pin cushion do double duty as a storage jar. It hardly gets any more practical and easy than this. Perfect to keep your small notions at hand, or even extra pins.

How to make a star pin cushion

We can’t leave the classic star pincushion out, and this easy tutorial teaches you how to make them, and how to combine some of your pretty scraps into a more involved project. Totally worth it though!

How to make a pin cushion voodoo doll

Hilarious! Pretty they ain’t, but at least they’re funny. Learn how to make these easy-to-make pin cushion dolls with just some felt, thread and needle.

Now it’s your turn! What will you use to make your own DIY pincushion? Let us know in the comments below. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Happy sewing!

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  1. Instead of a pin cushion, one could fill the cup will bee’s wax, which is great for needles, and helping them glide into fabric easier. And once the wax was too poked and lumpy, a quick melt would smooth it back out like new.

    1. Lana Mango says:

      That’s a great idea!

  2. What is in the bottom of the tea cup to hold the pins?

    1. Lana Mango says:

      It’s an old pin cushion that I re-covered.

  3. I love your posts! I love that you didn't give up on it, it is beautiful again.Watch out for those grubby little fingers!

  4. What a lovely little story! Made me smile 🙂

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