Make sewing more fun with a DIY teacup pincushion

Vintage teacup crafts offer a creative way to make use of heirloom items and estate sale finds, even if you don't ever want to host a tea party. Typically, they come in sets, so you can turn them into matching gifts for groups of friends or family members. If you're part of a craft group, then this DIY teacup pincushion is the ideal gift.
Materials
- Teacup
- Steel wool
- Gray velvet fabric, approximately 9 by 12 inches
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
- Scissors
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Instructions
1. Fill the teacup with a ball of steel wool. Use your fingers to shape it so that it sits comfortably and loosely inside the cup.
2. Lay velvet fabric flat on your work surface, with the back side facing up.
3. Remove the steel wool from the teacup and place it gently in the center of the fabric.
4. Wrap the entire piece of fabric around the ball of steel wool.
5. Pinch the fabric together at the base where the extra fabric gathers around the ball of wool. Stitch the fabric closed at this point, working all the way around the ball of wool. This will create a sealed pouch with the ball inside at the bottom of the pouch and the fabric gathered at the top.
6. Cut the top of the fabric off, above the section that you stitched shut.
7. Place the steel wool-velvet pouch into the teacup with the stitched side facing down. It's now ready for use as a pincushion.
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