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Egg Cup Pincushion

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The talented Christina Lane of The Sometimes Crafter shares this free sewing pattern for creating an adorable egg cup pincushion. These are perfect for Easter, but fun anytime you want a little color in your surroundings. Use fabric scraps left over from a project to create several.

Egg Cup Pincushion

Materials:

  • Egg cup
  • Fabric scrap (approx. 5” square)
  • Polyfill
  • Needle Thread
  • Glue gun glue

Directions:

Eggcup Pincushion 1

1. Draw a 4” circle on the back of your fabric scrap. I used the bottom of a small dish to trace around. Cut out around the circle, approx. ¼” from your drawn line.

Eggcup Pincushion 2

2. Baste stitch around your drawn line, leaving long tails at the start and finish.

Eggcup Pincushion 3

3. Pull your long ends on one side (I pulled on the back side of the fabric) to gather into a pouch.

Eggcup Pincushion 4

4. Stuff the pouch with Polyfill, keeping thread pulled tight.

Eggcup Pincushion 5

5. Knot your threads, keeping the opening on the pouch as small as possible. Stuff with a little more Polyfill if you need to. The firmer you stuff it, the more rounded your cushion.

Eggcup Pincushion 6

6. With your needle and thread stitch the opening all the way closed. I worked from one side to the opposite for a few stitches, and then did the opposite direction a few times.

Eggcup Pincushion 7

You should now have a closed cushion as shown.

Eggcup Pincushion 8

7. Take a nice sized wad of Polyfill and roll it around in your hands to mat it together a little. Stuff inside your egg cup. You want it to fill the cup about ¾ of the way when compressed slightly.

Eggcup Pincushion 9

8. Run a line of hot glue around the top edge of your egg cup

Eggcup Pincushion 10

9. Press your stuffed cushion inside of the egg cup and hold for a few seconds, allowing for the glue to dry.

Eggcup Pincushion 11

That’s it! You’re done. You now have an egg cup pincushion. Now go make some more!

Group of Eggcup Pincushions

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As well as being a good basic pattern it is a good shape for extra decoration. I always fill the tops of the pincushions with bran, I find the pins go in easier and stay sharper.

A little addition to make them prettier, hot glue a row of lace or pretty braid around the top edge where the cup joins the material. I made a very similar project using a small clay pot, painted with flesh-tone and a tiny, simple face painted on the front. Glued yarn "hair" around the top flat rim of the pot and a ribbon between the hair and fabric pin cushion. Made a cute little fabric yo-yo (contrasting fabric) with a button in center and sewed or glued it on. Finished project looks like a cute little girl with a hat on.

Thank you for this terrific idea! I had purchased 2 gorgeous egg cups, only to find that they were too big for even extra-large eggs. Now I can turn them into pin cushions and give them as gifts to my sewing friends.

This is a cute pin cushion. The only change I will make in the morning when I make this will to put a circle of cardboard between the batting and the material covered ball of batting. This will prevent needles from going down into the batting, making it hard to reterive. Cups are available at most $1.00 stores, goodwill type stores.

Loved this cute little idea. Works up quick easy.

these look great fun to make and so useful for myself and as presents,

I LOVE this pattern, and plan to make a dozen or more!

i use steel wool instead of fibre fill it keeps my pins sharp rust free

I found egg cups like these at crate and barrel online they werent very expensive at all.

a pretty cup from a thrift shop would work too... just follow the directions for the egg cup, actually you may find egg cups in thrift stores also, I have seen many here in Pa.

Where can you find these egg cups? They don't look like they are very expensive and I haven't seen these anywhere locally. Thanks!

Fun for Easter

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