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How to… make a No Sew Cupcake Pin Cushion

| October 7, 2011 | 12 Comments

no sew cupcakeWelcome to this week’s How to…make (almost) No Sew Cupcakes. I say “almost”… if you use these as pinchusions, no sewing is needed. If you let your children play with them (as toys of course, not pincushions!!) you could probably get away with a hot glue gun. If you don’t have one, a tiny bit of sewing is advisable (but not 100% necessary), just depends on how much your kids end up playing with these!

I decided to have a go at these when I saw some cupcake pin cushions over at Tip Junkie. I decided to see if I could make some out of recycled materials only…

Based on how much my children have played with these, I have to say they are BRILLIANT!

And here we go:

no sew cupcake

Materials: Old jumper/ sweater/ felt fabric, loo roll, PVA glue/ hotglue gun, needle & thread

Optional: buttons, ribbons, lace

cupcake pin cushion felt cupcake

1) Cut a piece of loo roll for cupcake base. Cut a strip from your jumper- I used the ribbed part. Glue on. Hold in place with cloth pegs.

fely cupcake felt cupcake

2) Whilst the base is drying, cut two long strips from your fabric. This time, I used an old felt skirt of mine. But I also used some the jumper for the another cupcake. So just play with the fabric you have and see what looks nice. Fold the fabrics in half, so you have a nice neat edge and then start rolling. I used pins to help keep in place. If you don’t want to sew, you can use a bit of glue here to help keep it in place, but it isn’t strictly necessary!

felt cupcake

3) You can finish it at this point and decorate with pins and buttons and ribbons. FINISHED for the pincushion.

no sew cupcake

4) If you want this as a toy for your children, you may like to make a base… in which case… cut a circle and sew on, tucking the edge in as you go round. I stuffed the cupcake with left over jumper scraps.

no sew cupcake

5) Add your ribbon and done!

Again, if you are using these as a toy, I recommend sewing a few stitches on the icing and the base to help keep it all together. We have NOT sewed ours together and they do survive.. but every so often I have to re-roll it and insert it.

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  1. wow these look fab. need to get kids making something for mummys christmas this might be an idea.

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Oooh yes, they would make a lovely little Christmas present :-)

  3. mermaid says:

    Lovely!
    We are going to have a cupcake shop now :)

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Oooh now there is a thought!!!!! I think we need a cupcake shop too… we only have 4 of these, but maybe I should make MORE!

  5. Esther says:

    They look so neat! My daughter would love pink cupcakes!

  6. Amy says:

    those look amazing.. I am hosting my Round Robin if you want to stop by and link up..

    Have a great weekend..

  7. These are great!
    I’m thinking we may make these during our November or December mother/daughter book club. We always do a craft around the holidays.

  8. Christa says:

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I was just organizing my sewing space (again) and wanted to make a few cute pincushions without devoting a lot of time and frustration to it. These are perfect!

  9. Red Ted Art says:

    Amy, heading your way now
    Esther, oooh pink would be lovely!
    Kanesha, aaah what lovely idea to take these to your book club :-) please do let me know how it goes, would love to see pictures!
    Christa, hooray!

  10. kerry says:

    how flipping clever!!!!!!! love love love! xx

  11. Liz Burton says:

    LOVE these! You are so clever Maggy, thanks for linking up x

  12. Lulastic says:

    Ah, these are genius! So, so cool. Will definately whip a few of these up for our little make beleive tea parties. Hmmm although think most of my felted jumpers now are in greys and browns… will I manage to make the most unappealing cupcake toys ever? Probably will.. probably will.
    :)

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