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Teatime Crafts: Sew A Teacup

Sew A Teacup


This is a great project for a quilter or seamstress who has a “stash” of colorful fabrics and boxes of scrap pieces too good to throw away. It can become a wonderful toy tea set or an inexpensive party favor. It’s not a beginner project but after you make one, the second one will be a snap. Having a sewing machine and some experience is helpful.

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What you need:

  • Fabric – approximately ½ yard total. This can be mix-and-match pieces and scraps.
  • Sewing thread
  • Pipe cleaner – the length of your handle
  • Batting – lightweight
  • Fusible inner facing (optional)
  • 14-16″ of double-folded bias tape    ** See note about making your own bias tape.

Selecting your fabric:

Almost any fabric will work just fine but some of the colorful cottons are lightweight and may need reinforcement or batting to hold the shape. A medium weight corduroy, velvet or even blue jean denim are fabrics that stand up well on their own.

Cutting the pieces:

For the teacup, cut 10 pieces of the triangle pattern for the teacup — 5 for the inside and 5 for the outside. They can be the same fabric or different. If you’re using inner facing or batting, cut those additional pieces as needed. For the saucer, cut 2 pieces of fabric and 1 of batting for the large circle. Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the small circle. Cut 1 piece for the handle.

Making your handle:

Sew the handle fabric along the longest side with right sides together. Using a large safety pin or knitting needle, turn it right-sides-out. Fit your pipe cleaner inside to help the handle hold its shape. Fold the ends inside and stitch it closed so that the rough edges of the fabric won’t show. Bend it into the curved “C” shape for your handle.

Sewing your teacup:

Sew the five triangles together, keeping right sides together, for the inner cup and for the outer cup, allowing a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams flat and then invert the inner cup and fit it inside the outer cup with the wrong sides together – so that the two right sides are both showing.

“Stitch the ditch” of a 2 or 3 of the side seams to secure inside and outside together. Then glue or topstitch the rim of the teacup to make it easier to attach the trim. Then gently push the bottom center up into the inside of the cup to flatten the base. If it doesn’t hold the shape for the bottom, secure with a couple of stitches.

Sew the double-fold bias tape over the two layers of the rim. Allow the ends to overlap about 3/4″ but don’t stitch it down. Tuck the raw edge under and secure it with a few blind stitches. Add your finished handle with a few stitches to each end.

Sewing the saucer:

Small Circle: Match the 2 pieces of the small circle with right sides together. Stitch around the edge with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving about 1″ open to turn it right sides out. Stitch the opening and then press it flat.

Large Circle: Match the batting of the large circle to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces and baste into place. Then, align the two large circles with wrong sides together and stitch around the circle with a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a 1½” opening to turn the right sides out. Stitch the opening closed and then press flat.

Center the smaller circle in the middle of the larger circle. Pin securely and then stitch it into place. Either blind stitch the edge of the small circle or use a sewing machine with a sharp needle to stitch through the 5 layers of fabric.