Is it Time for Tea?

About two weeks ago I went into my local Charity store to have a look around and see if there was anything I needed which I didn’t know I needed until I saw *it*. (what ever *it* might be).

Amongst the china were some little cups and saucers which someone had made into pin cushions. “One of those would be great to replace my current pin cushion, because the one I’ve got has really had its day!”  I said to Mr. Cobs.  So I duly bought said pin cushion and took it home.

The following day I found that this ‘pin cushion’ didn’t want to the job it was supposed to do at all.  The felt which the maker had used as the ‘cover’ was that thick childrens felt – and it just didn’t want to accept that it’s job was to allow pins through it.  After a week of trying to jiggle (force) pins into it, I was about to throw the whole thing in the bin in frustration,  but something told me I should try removing the red velvet ribbon around the rim of the teacup, and the white felt – along with whatever was inside that felt,   and, if the cup was still in an OK condition, perhaps I could re-make the pin cushion.  So I did.  And it was.  So I did!

Cleaned up nicely!

I cleaned up the glue and bits of velvet threads stuck to the cup by using an emery board, then gave it a wipe.  I then went and had a bit of a look through my bits of fabric box.  I found some bits of soft denim fabric from some old striped jeans I had and laid it flat on my desk and with a chalk pencil I drew around the saucer (and added about half an inch, just to be sure).  I then did a running stitch all around the circle of denim, and left a long thread at the end – but didn’t knot or over-sew the end as I wanted to be able to draw that circle together.

The cup itself (without the saucer) is just a shade under 6cm tall – which is around 2.25 inches.  Such a tiny little cup.

Then using some foam (from an unused sponge),  which I’d cut to shape (so that I could see that it fitted into the cup as I wanted it to do), and then wrapped a little toy stuffing (or cushion pad inner stuffing) around the outside of the sponge, to give it a bit of a filler to make it more ’rounded’ in shape.

I sat this wrapped sponge onto the middle of the circle of fabric and began to pull the loose threads, which in turn began to gather up around the foam.  This is a part that you have to do carefully, as you want to make sure that all the foam and stuffing are in the exact places you need it to be, and that it’s all encased inside that fabric.

After this, I re-threaded the needle with those threads and stitched the gathered up denim closed, so that it wouldn’t come undone.

The width of the saucer is roughly 10.3cm – which is around 4 inches.

I tested it in the cup to make sure I’d got it just right, then, using Pinflair Glue Gel in a syringe, I squeezed out a thin line of Glue Gel all around  (about an inch down)  the inside of the top of the cup, then carefully placed the denim ‘parcel’ into the cup,  and once happy, I gave a gentle press downwards, to make sure that the fabric actually was at the bottom of the cup, and that it had touched the glue gel, all the way around and so would stick & be held in place.


Then it was simply a case of decorating around the edge.  I chose some Jumbo Ric-Rac and some tiny dollshouse  Pom-Pom Trim in the same shade of pink as the Ric-Rac,  and hand stitched them around the edge,  to finish it all off.

This was SO easy to make that I think even Little Cobs (grandson) could manage this one.  And the best thing about this?   From start (removing the old ‘pin cushion’), to finish ….  the whole thing took me about 30 minutes!  One – Half an Hour craft project!

Handle to the left ….

Oh!  Hang on….  NO!!!  The  BEST  THING  about  this  is  . . .   IT NOW TAKES PINS It’s now a really real Pin Cushion!

. . .  and handle to the right!  …   A view from above, so that you’ve ‘seen’ all the way around it, in case you want to make one for yourself … or for someone else.

If you do decide to make one of these for yourself....  the day before you actually make it, glue the cup to the saucer with some strong glue.  Not crafters glue, or PVA.  Use something which is suitable for china.

If you have Pinflair Glue Gel, I’d guess that would do a great job – but remember to put enough glue on (which ever glue you use), because there’s a little rim around the bottom of a cup (normally), which will make the base of the cup stand proud from the saucer – so you need to put enough glue so that it makes a good grab onto the saucer and the cup.

And that’s all there is to it!

This was such an easy make that I wasn’t going to post about it.  I felt like a bit of a fake because I hadn’t sweat blood and tears over it.  But then I thought that maybe there might be someone who needed a pin cushion and so could make something like this in their spare time.  

Happy Thursday all.  Sending squidges to you, from me!




Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

32 thoughts on “Is it Time for Tea?”

  1. I love this! Up cycled things are the best, and charity shops are a treasure trove for the creative minded. I hope you enjoy using it, I made a pincushion tin myself and love using it. I also discovered the joys of all purpose glue, like one step down from superglue but better than PVA etc. An adorable little project 😊

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    1. Aw thank you Mrs. Craft.
      Your pincushion tin sounds like something I’d enjoy! Have you posted about it? If not … maybe you should!

      All purpose glue … such magical stuff. I think Hermione Granger invented it, using a magic spell! 🙂
      ~ Cobs. x

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    1. I’m thrilled that it’s finally working, doing the job it was supposed to be doing. My old pin cushion was one of those plastic pin boxes with tha dome of sponge on the top ….. I’d had it .. wait for this … 26 years. I know I know… but I was fond of it. lol

      The sponge isn’t so much a sponge anymore – it’s more like a strainer. LOL. It will be Bin-afied.
      ~Cobs. x

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    1. Aw thank you Ruthie!
      Yes, I think that it was the prettiness of the cup and saucer which urged me to try and re-make it, and I’m so glad I tried!
      Ah, my sewing chest …. it was a gift from Mr.Cobs, (about six or seven years ago now). It’s a Cath Kidston (name of the designer) sewing box. I loved this sewing box so much that I vowed I’d buy it before she changed the design (something Ms. Kidston does regularly to keep things ‘fresh’ and new). But Mr. Cobs got there first, and bought it for me.
      (I’m so blessed to have this man in my life – a gift from God.)

      Thanks so much for coming for a visit, Ruthie. And big thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Love chatting with you. ❤
      Sending love, ~ Cobs. x

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  2. ‘Tis a thing of beauty!! Love teacups. Love pincushions. Win win!! Seriously though, it is so good to repurpose like this. Especially if you make something even prettier.

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    1. Why thank you, good mistress. I am thrilled to me boots that you likes it. 🙂

      Tis a good thing really, as I’m reliably informed that all your blogging friends (the ones who know your address or workplace) are all going to be making you one for your Christmas Box this year. I hope you have enough room for a couple of hundred.
      C. x

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  3. SO many reasons I adore this – firstly that you did not just throw it into the bin! I love the result, it is so pretty in fact it is something you can imagine being for sale in home decor boutique shop. Perfect choice of trims and I like the denim fabric – great choices and what do you know, a pin cushion that actually wants to hold onto the pins!!!!

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    1. Hello Lynne
      Aw it’s fabulous to see you here.

      Like you, I’m really glad that there was this little voice inside me telling me to hang on and see if I could bring it back to what it wanted to be.

      Thrilled that you like the choices I made with the denim (I loved and wore those jeans until I could wear them no longer because they’d worn out! lol), and the trims just chose themselves. First hanger of trims I picked up, and wham! they seemed perfect.

      Thanks so much for coming, and for the lovely comment Lynne.
      Hugs ~ Cobs. x


  4. Aren’t you a crafty one Miss Cob. .Would love to have a whole tea set in the china pattern. So sweet. Years ago we made finger pin cushions out of bottle caps. They just slip over your finger and very handy for sewing.

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    1. Ohhh! I can actually picture that and see how brilliant an idea it is! You should make one and do a step by step tut for it, and then I could have a go and post the results for you to grade!
      Was thinking of you today and sent a prayer, heaven bound, just for you.

      Sending you love, through the ether, and warm November hugs.
      ~ Cobs. x ❤


      1. Thank you dear. I have had company all week ,cousins from Texas who came to do a few things around here . I has been fun but now I am very tired.But we did get a good bit done. It’s nice to have family that are good friends too. My Mother’s first cousin but my age.( My grandmother’s youngest sisters daughter and her husband.)My Bigmamma was the oldest of…now get this…9 girls. My Mother is the oldest of 4 girls…I am the oldest of 3 girls and I have 4 boys. Broke the spell I guess, but now my son with the exception of Gabriel, (the first ), has, so far, 4 girls. Poor Gabriel he wanted a brother so bad. I’m not crazy enough to think they are through,but I really hope so. LoL

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        1. Wow! You’re going to be worn out for a few days!

          How wonderful to have such a fabulous family tree, and one which cares too!
          Oh gosh, I do envy you Beverly. Although there is a big extended family (cousins etc) over the years we kind of moved on, moved away and we’re now spread around the globe and no longer really in touch.

          Poor Gabriel… I think we should all make a Christmas Wish for Gabriel. A little brother sounds like the perfect gift for him to hear about on Christmas day. 😉

          I’m already putting in my wish.

          Dear Santa,
          Could you please have a quiet word with Mother Nature regarding a brother for Gabriel. He’s wanted a little brother for quite a while, but he’s been blessed with 4 sisters, … which is lovely, but … when you’re a boy with 4 sisters, he feels a little outnumbered, and needs a brother who he can help. Someone he can teach the rules of sports, how to bounce a ball. Shoot hoops. Play football, baseball . . . oh, and all those things which boys love.
          Thank you, in anticipation ~ Cobs. x


    1. Hey… I’ve grown old enough to know that when you’re talking to a guy (in this case the guy is Santa) you have to talk straight and to the point. Because (in my experience) men don’t usually get those subtle hints that tell them what we want for Christmas.

      ‘Sno good leaving the brochure open on the right page, with a ring around the item you’d really, really, really like, because he’ll think you’re making your shopping list.

      Nope… you have to stand him in the shop, get the assistant to get the item out and show it to him, then you have to tell him that he’s to pay for this item, and buy it as a surprise Christmas/Birthday present, while you go and stand outside the shop. (But make sure the assistant doesn’t show him anything else and doesn’t let him buy anything else but that item).

      Things go smoothly then. (most times).
      ❤ ~ Cobs x


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