Retro Cup Pin Cushion

Retro Cup Pin Cushion

For this funky pin cushion you can use new cups, old cups, grannies old china or even a old stein or collective cup.

What you need

Cup or Mug
Matching Fabric
Fiber filling
Needle and thread


Choose a fabric that will compliment the design on the cup.

Place your fabric down and as a guide cut it 4 inch larger than the rim of the cup, it doesn’t have to be perfect as it will be out of sight.

Using a needle and strong thread, sew a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric, we will use this to draw up the circle.

Before you draw it up, place some craft filling inside the ball, and begin drawing up the fabric, the more filling you can push into it the firmer your pin cushion will be.

Once you have enough filling inside draw up the circle and stitch it off securely.

Alternatively if you don’t want to sew it you can use rubber bands to pull the fabric up.

Run some craft glue around the inside of the cup or mug and place your circle inside with the drawn up part facing inwards. Push it in nice and firmly and allow it to dry. It’s that Easy !

These are fun for kids to make for mothers day gifts or for fete stalls.

The images were submitted by Michelle from “On The Fly”


  1. This is so cool. I can’t wait to make it.

  2. i made these out tuna fish cans real nice

  3. This one is really cute…will have to try that! 🙂

  4. How Cool! and so easy, even my 4 year old can do it (with a little help)

  5. i think this webs the “ace!”

  6. This is so cute and very retro!

  7. I just love this idea. It so orginal and so useful!

  8. i like this idea. it is really cute. i am going to use it all the time! i heart to sew!

  9. nice idea

  10. Love the retro theme

  11. I make a similar craft to sell with the painted lids of glass jars used as the base of the pin cushion.

  12. Quick, suitable for 3 year olds up. Could decorate edge with buttons to make a longer project and a little harder for older children. Cute

  13. great–quick & easy–& funky!!

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