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Easy Teacup Pincushion Patterns

Updated on February 8, 2017
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Online Tutorials For How To Make an Easy Teacup Pincushion

Unique and creative pincushions seem to be all the rage in the crafting world today! The teacup pincushion has been around for awhile, but the simple design has been reworked over and over to make some of the most beautiful decorative pieces.

Since everyone seems to make things just a little different and crafters tend to have their own unique style, I have included many teacup pincushion tutorials on this page. You may find just what you're looking for in the first link...but I encourage you to look around and see all of the original ideas that are floating around in cyberspace. It just might spark an idea that no one has tried yet!

These simple projects are also very fun for children and the end product is a piece they will truly be proud of, so let their creativity soar!

Have fun creating your own one-of-a-kind teacup pincushion!

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A Fun Idea:

Go a step further with your teacup pincushion craft by gluing the matching saucer to the bottom of the teacup. You can keep small spools of thread, buttons or safety pins on the saucer rim! Cute and practical!

A fun recycling or upcycling project

It is fun to search thrift shops, antique stores and yard sales for orphaned tea cups to use in this recycling project! There are always an abundance of mugs, tea cups and saucers in an endless array of designs and colors. These teacup pincushions are also easy enough to make with kids and to give as gifts for Christmas, Mother's Day or birthdays!

Pincushion Inspiration

Scrub Buds

Sew a Scrub Bud into the middle of your pincushions...the metal sharpens your pins every time you push them in!

A Hidden Sharpener

During the assembly of your pincushion, bury one of these Scrub Buds in the middle of your padding and then continue as usual. Every time you push a pin or a needle into the cushion, it will be automatically sharpened for its next use! This is a nifty little trick I learned that is easy to do and gives much added benefit to your pincushion project!

Scrub Buds...for sharper pins and needles!

No Sew Pincushion Tutorial

Fun Idea for Extra Income

These teacup pincushions would be a fun idea for a flea market or craft show table. They are fast and easy to make so you could build up an inventory very quickly. Plus, they can be customized in so many fun ways! Search yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets for vintage or unique tea cups and matching saucers for cheap. This could be a low-cost product that could reap excellent profits!

You can find handmade pincushions like the ones on this page from sellers at and other marketplaces online. They are handy to have around and super cute so buyers are more likely to stop and take a look!


Embellish Your Teacup Pincushion

with handmade teabag tags and beautiful ornate pins!

Embellish Your Teacup Pincushion - Custom Handmade Teabag Tags

The tutorial below walks you through making a cute little crocheted tag to embellish your tea cup. You could also make a more traditional paper tag out of scrapbook materials or even go to the kitchen and steal a tag off of your favorite teabag! Simply secure the tag with a quick stitch or a sewing needle. Adorable!


Did You Find a Teacup Pincushion Craft To Try?

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      These are cute, cute, cute!! The opening photo especially is adorable :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love these teacup pincushions! A very creative and lovely craft! These would make a great gift for people who sew!

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      Very cute.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      @Scarlettohairy: I hope you get a chance to...they are so fast and easy...and super cute when they're done! :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are all so sweet! It makes me one to grab one of my vintage teacups and make one.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Wow I have a ton of Tea cups in boxes I never use or look at. What a great craft idea.

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      This is such a simple craft--I am adding a link to it in my crafts for the craft challenged! Hope you don't mind.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, great job!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      These are so lovely! Great article as always. Blessings! :)

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      LadyFlashman 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      SO cuuuute! I love them!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I could die from cuteness. I LOVE these!

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      Mim Art 5 years ago

      These are so adorable!! I have to try my hand at one of these! Beautiful & creative lens!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      These teacup pincushions are adorable. :)

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      I love this!!! Thanks for this lens!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      These are as cute as can be!

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      VarietyWriter2 5 years ago

      Fun craft idea. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      This is such a cute idea! If I ever find a need for a Pincushion, I will try this! Thanks for sharing, Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      What a darling idea. Thanks.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I am making some too and these are great links. Thanks

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      What a fabulous idea! These are gorgeous!

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      KatherineWakefield 5 years ago

      These are amazing! I've never seen these before! Great lens.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      Sooo cute! I may have found a couple for my crochet pals to make for me! lol.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I like looking at these, and the idea of the glued on saucer to hold miscellaneous items is a real good one.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm pretty lame with sewing projects, but everyone needs a pincushion, if even just for mending projects.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      These teacup pincushions are so cute! I like the crochet version. I could do that!

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      burntchestnut 5 years ago

      What a great idea. I haven't seen this craft before, but I've seen people put a miniature Christmas tree in a pretty tea cup and attach the saucer.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They are adorable pincushions. :)

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      These are just stunning!

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      BenJacklin LM 5 years ago

      Haha this looks really cool :)

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      sbilden78 5 years ago

      Super cute- loved it.