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.
And as I thought about my “hidden” pin cushion desire, the tea pot lid became quite intriguing.
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.
I cut out the egg/oval shape and trimmed it down ever so slightly so that it just barely fit inside the lid.
Then, I gathered a swatch of pillowcase fabric and laid it out with the right-side facing down.
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.
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?
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.
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…
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!
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.
AND, if you like repurposed/upcycled sewing projects, make sure you scroll through my sewing section for more inspiration…