Sewing to a Tea: The Hidden Pin Cushion

Sewing to a Tea: The Hidden Pin Cushion

With my burgeoning love of sewing comes a need for sewing supply storage. And one of the things I wanted to have was a cute, functional pin cushion that had one additional feature- secrecy. Ok, I know that sounds crazy, but when you have a cat as curious as Cottonball, the need to hide sewing notions- such as pins- is a very real thing.

So, I let the idea marinate for a while and came up with this fun upcycling project using a thrifted teapot, fabric from a vintage pillowcase, and fiberfill.

First- the teapot. I loved everything about it- the shape, the pattern, the price.

Thrift Store flowered teapot for repurpose and upcycle / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pretty little teapot.

And as I thought about my “hidden” pin cushion desire, the tea pot lid became quite intriguing.

Thrift Store flowered teapot for repurpose and upcycle / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmm…what can I do with this?

Thrift Store flowered teapot for repurpose and upcycle / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Yes, yes…the idea is complete!

Why not create a pin cushion on the underside of the teapot lid?? This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

Creating a Secret/Hidden Pincushion

To do so, I grabbed some scrap cardboard and traced the inner lip of the teapot lid.

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pin cushion creation, step 1.

I cut out the egg/oval shape and trimmed it down ever so slightly so that it just barely fit inside the lid.

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Scrap cardboard always comes in handy!

Then, I gathered a swatch of pillowcase fabric and laid it out with the right-side facing down.

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pretty little pillowcase to go with my pretty little teapot.

I took a wad of fiberfill-a softball-sized clump- and placed it on the fabric, directly over the pattern area that I wanted to show as my pin cushion. Then, I balanced my cardboard oval on top of the fiberfill.

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I know it looks funny, but stay with me…

Carefully and with plenty of massaging/finessing, I pulled the corners of the fabric up and carefully pushed and prodded the “pin cushion ghost” into place. I wrapped a rubber band around the excess fabric against the cardboard oval as tightly as possible.

I’m soooo technical with this tutorial, aren’t I?

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

YES!! It worked!

When I was satisfied with the tautness of the fabric, the evenness of the fiberfill, and the centered-ness of the flower pattern, I trimmed off most of the excess pillowcase fabric. I dotted the inside rim and concave center of the teapot lid with my favorite super glue and carefully pushed the pin cushion into place.

Ok, this is awesome.

And you know what? I’m pretty darn pleased with how it turned out!!

The Big Reveal

I can place the lid upside down (pin cushion out) when I’m sewing…

Creating a pet safe pincushion under the lid of a thrifted vintage teapot by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Easy access while sewing…

And when I’m done, I just turn it back around. And lookie there, I can store some extra sewing supplies in the teapot, too!

Buh-bye, pins!

Best sewing caddy EVER.

Wouldn’t this be a fun little starter gift for a new seamstress? Come to think of it, most of my sewing friends would actually really love something so cute and functional. I sell similar versions in my Etsy shop…which means I’ll be looking for more teapots at the thrift store…

Craft on!

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Comments

  1. Wow, what a sweet and creative idea! So pretty!

  2. This is such a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing it!!

  3. Joyce Frazier says:

    This is a wonderful idea and I plan on making one for myself but will also be making some as gifts. Thank you for this marvelous secret pin cushion.

  4. This is brilliant! A friend shared your link with me, and I will be using this idea very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  5. May have to try this. I am a teapot and teacup fanatic!

  6. Thank you for this idea…how clever and how simple! Just the kind of thing I would LOVE to have! am unable to pin to Pintrest, tho. Not sure why.

  7. chris aka monkey says:

    absolutely awesome idea love it and i don’t sew ha ha xx

  8. lovely, lovely, lovely – Soooo lovely!

  9. Precious! My mom oases away and I gave my sisters and Neices the teapots but kept a few show loved to sew and I live to crochet, thanks for helping me keep my mothers memory alive.

  10. I couldn’t pin it either. I have a great idea: sell them in your etsy shop. Post when you do.

  11. This is fabulous!

  12. Donna Bailey says:

    What a great idea! my granny will love it! I think I`m going to surprise her. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Regards,
    End of tenancy cleaning Islington

  13. I agree – best sewing caddy ever!

  14. What a lovely idea. I am going to have to go teapot hunting.

  15. I saw a wonderful teapot at HomeGoods so if it is on sale, I’ll grab it. Unless I find a cuter one at Goodwill or see if I have one in my stash. It is so cute and I will make a few for gifts.

  16. Such a sweet idea- I have always loved the teacup version. Love this one- I have a similar teapot, but alas, no lid. I love the idea of being able to store goodies inside!

  17. Sarah, BRILLiant. Just brilliant. I want a pin cushion so terribly bad. They are so convenient during a project. Mine, however, are inconveniently stored in a tackle box to keep them safely stored away from my animals. I have had TWO animals…both a dog and a cat ingest needles that got lodged in their stomachs after they swallowed them. After extremely expensive surgeries for the both of them they were fine and I learned my lesson. So the danger of pins and needles around animals IS very real. I am SO excited about this. Can’t wait to find a teapot as cute as yours!

  18. Great idea, I also have a young kitty who loves to eat pin heads… And too many teapots that don’t get used. Brilliant!!

  19. so lovely! what a fun idea and a surprise for those busy bodies that always peek inside tea pots! Hope you will stop by our creative challenge upcycle link party – all about utensils this month! http://2crochethooks.com/may-craft-challenge-creative-link-party/

  20. For years I have had one made from a tea cup with Styrofoam ball and some batting covered with cloth and glued in with braiding! Styrofoam is great. Bought at craft fair about 10 years ago!

  21. Beautiful Such a neat idea

  22. milamyk says:

    That’s so clever! I love it 🙂

  23. What a great idea! Love it.

  24. Oh my goodness this is so darn cute, I have a fascination with pin cushions,

    I would love for you to stop by and share this article with my readers
    Have a great weekend!

    Karren
    Oh My Heartsie Girl
    #FridayFeaturesParty

  25. This is really precious, thank you for sharing 🙂

  26. Hi, I’ve just come over via Jenny at Elefantz. What an amazing idea! I too will be scouring the secondhand shops for a teapot 🙂

  27. Kathleen says:

    This is genius!!

  28. Great idea! If you have (or make) an emery or crushed glass strawberry, you could glue it into the spout so it would be handy for cleaning/sharpening needles and would also seal the spout (and if it stuck out a bit, protect it from chipping).

  29. Jann Olson says:

    Oh my gosh, this is just darling! I have no kitties to worry about, but still want to make one! lol! Cute gift idea as well. Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you next week.
    hugs,
    Jann

  30. Absolutly love this, what a perfect gift this will make for my friend !!!!
    Thank you !!!!!!

  31. I love this idea! And I have several tea pots I could do this with.

  32. I love this! A friend recently gave me a teapot almost exactly like this one and now I know exactly what to do with it. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

  33. This is so cute and clever – You nailed this this project perfectly. I have a teapot from my grandma that I might have to try this with. Great article.
    -Carole

  34. Just moved Into an independent living apartment with several other likeminded women in residence at this complex. Now I can see many lovely teapot pin cushions for gifts in my future. Thank you so very much for sharing your creation! Just love it.

  35. Brilliant! Brilliant I say!! Pinning to share! http://quirkybohomama.blogspot.com/

  36. Brilliant!!! I have the perfect teapot for this!! xxx

  37. Sarah – this teapot turned pincushion is sooo stikin’ cute! I love what you did with it. Thanks for linking up to Catch as Catch Can, catching you!
    gail

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Gail!! It’s been my most popular project to date, that’s for sure! 😀

  38. Next time I find a pretty teapot I’m doing this! Thanks… I might have to make a ouple actually and send the other one to my Nanna!

  39. What a fabulous idea. I make them from teacups but never thought to use the teapot!

  40. BRILLIANT idea – absolutely fabulous and I am so (sew, snicker snicker) doing this!

    Love the idea. Thanks so much.

  41. ashandcrafts says:

    This is the cutest idea ever! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. Hope to see you again next week. Shared your post on Twitter!

  42. Oh, awesome! I have an old teapot that was my great-great grandmas, and while I wont be doing this to the pot (she brought it over from England when she immigrated), I lucked into the matching creamer and sugar bowl at the antique store. I think I will do this with the sugar bowl!

  43. This is so cute. I’m sitting at my kitchen counter looking at a teapot on the shelf. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? Thank you for the tutorial.

  44. That is seriously genius!! Love love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing this on Making Memories Mondays! Hope to see you back Sun night 9PM EST! 🙂
    Cathy

  45. Just saw this on The Quilt Show (thequiltshow.com) web site. LOVE IT! Got to hit the thrift store today so I can make one. Do I neeeeeed one? No. Do I have to have one………? YES! Thank you for the tutorial.

  46. I love it! And I all ready have the perfect tea pot to make one!! Thanks for this wonderful, and useful, idea.

  47. I bought 3 larger teapots from the local thrift store and they just sit on the shelf looking pretty. Now they can be pretty and functional at the same time. What a great idea! How about those cookie jars. Now that is mega pin cushion and storage.

  48. Elizabeth Little says:

    That’s brilliant!! I am dropping everything to make one now!

  49. Great idea. I have a small to medium collection of unique tea pots and this will be great when they are sitting around my sewing area or even for when I am watching television in my family room or any room in the house. Thanks for posting this.

  50. How thoughtful to be aware of the curiosity of the cat. I too had a cat who loved to pull pins from the pincushion. This is the perfect solution to having your pins within reach, but out of sight when they are not needed. I love the repurposing of someone’s cast off teapot. My tea loving/sewing friends would all love these. Thanks for the creative idea!!!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I’m borderline crazy-cat-lady, as is my husband- and I’m glad the idea resonates with so many people!

  51. Precious! I can think of half a dozen friends who would love this! Thanks.

  52. Diane Howell says:

    This would be perfect for a beginner sewer. Just add small scissors, thread, thimble, needles, safety pins, straight pins and maybe a few buttons…instant sewing kit! Too Cute.

  53. This is brilliant! Thanks for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share Link Party. I hope you’ll join us every Sunday night at 7 with more of your creative sewing projects.
    ~Bonnie @ Behind the Seams Sewing

  54. Diana Lassahn says:

    This idea suits me to a ‘tea’!

  55. I love love love this idea!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=82828 –Anne

  56. OK, this is beyond clever! I love it! Thank you for sharing on Fiber Tuesdays!
    Susie
    http://www.ouicrochet.com

  57. Lori Lewis says:

    I will make one for my mom ☺ ty

  58. Jaw drop… Sarah, this one surprised me. What an incredible idea to make with all those teapots sitting in the thrift stores! LOVE this so much!

    Sharing on Party Junk this weekend. 🙂

  59. SharonFromMichigan says:

    Oh Sarah, this is such a wonderful/beautiful idea. Would you mind if I borrowed your idea for our church Christmas Bazaar? The ladies are always looking for new craft ideas and I can already see Christmas teapots (from thrift stores of course) used for this purpose. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Hi, Sharon- of course!! The best way you can thank me is to tell everyone where you saw the idea first. Word of mouth is my blog’s best friend. 🙂 Thank you so much for asking!!

  60. Sweat a lovely idea,you are so clever

  61. Judy Lipcsak says:

    I have plans to make some tea cup pin cushions for a few friends. This is way cooler!

  62. Sara –
    What an awesome project! We love it! Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link! You’re one of our features this week! I hope we’ll see you there again this evening!

    Cat

  63. I love, love, love this idea!! We’re featuring it at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. tonight, and I’m off to go make my own. 🙂 It’s such a great idea – as are all of your upcycled projects!!

  64. Harriette Johnson says:

    Just curious…. do you know the pattern of the tea pot? It looks like my Mother’s pattern. I have never seen the teapot though. It is very pretty and a great gift idea.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I’ve assumed that it was a Johnson Brothers pattern, but it’s not marked on the bottom! So perhaps a knockoff?

  65. Kathleen Dunagan says:

    Such a cute idea! And I really love the teapot you found. I am a collector-can you tell me the brand and pattern of the one shown. I love the design.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thank you, Kathleen! Amazingly enough, there’s no marking on the bottom! I looks very much like a Johnson Brothers design, though, doesn’t it?

  66. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have a great week!

  67. Wonderful idea–I love it! And the teapot is so pretty!

  68. Love it so much!

  69. That is the cutest idea I have seen for some time , I seen it featured on Bella Rosa

  70. Lynda Maram says:

    Love this, how about pulling thread through the spout, or using the spout as a small scissors. Thank you for getting my imagination in high gear. Happy New Year.

  71. Such a cute idea!! Great “technical ” tutorial…just the kind I like!!
    http://Www.thebeachyquilter.wordpress.com

  72. Love it! I recently bought a sewing machine with table teapot at a second hand store. It was so cute and just had to have it for my sewing rom. Well now it’s going to be cuter and functional because of you. Thanks for the great idea!

  73. Sadie, as soon as I saw what you did I made one too! Mine is made from a large antique china sugar bowl that I love but didn’t have any place to display. Now it can be out being shown off and making my sewing room just a little more tidy. ( I have a cat like yours who likes to pull pins out of the pin cushion. Sorry Charley, you can’t do that anymore!

  74. What a neat idea! I am visiting from The Creative Circle and I’m so glad I did. Great blog!

  75. Belinda casrson says:

    Great idea. Love it!!!!

  76. this is so cute and I collect teapots,
    so I’ll be turning one into a sewing
    kit. thanks for the great idea

  77. This is so creative and pretty! Love it. Thanks for sharing at The Creative Circle. xoxo

  78. Oh wow! What a cute idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  79. This is a wonderful idea. Not only do I want to make me one but this is a nice gift for anyone who sews.

  80. Anne Dunkley says:

    My 94 year old mother has collected teapots for many years – we’ve always tried to think of a useful way to share them with family. Thank you so much for a beautiful idea.

  81. handmade by amalia says:

    A sweet idea.
    Amalia
    xo

  82. Um, okay, Sarah? You. Are. Brilliant. I literally gasped when I saw it!

  83. Love this idea and anyone could do it with the simple tutorial you provided. Thank you for sharing your clever idea at Vintage Charm. sb

  84. Gail Loster says:

    I love this!!!! I was so impatient that I could only find a “sugar bowl” but when I got home found out it used to have Este Lauder face cream in the jar so I made it!!! Smaller but nice too!

  85. This is such a great idea. I love the look.

  86. its a great idea, love this

  87. I commented before but this is so unique and so darling, I just love it. Great inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing on the #OMHGWW
    Have a great week!

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