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Teapot Pincushion Free Pattern and Tutorial

This teapot pincushion is the perfect afternoon project or handmade gift for any tea lover! This tea pot is made with wool felt, meaning lots of cute blanket stitches and a decorative felt flower to finish.



Inspiration for this design came from my own love of teapots. I'm a collector of as many as will fit in my china cabinet, haha! Not someone who focuses on one designer or set, my collection ranges from boxy beauties stamped with "Occupied Japan" on the bottom, to unknown origins with the most perfect pouring spout you've ever used, to Disney's live-action Cinderella's Limited Edition Collector's tea set.

My love affair with tea began in college, when I started studying herbal teas and their benefits. Peppermint was my preferred choice back then. The spritely menthol stirring my groggy brain without caffeine appealed to the highly-health conscientiousness that youth and lack of children allowed me.

That love affair was greatly broadened while living in Normandy a few years later. Living with a French family, they introduced me to a range of gastronomic wonders, one of which was different teas.

Living in Normandy--after you've spent your life in a subtropical climate--is no less a shock to the system than jumping into freezing water from a cruise ship.

Tea (and really good espresso) helped me survive the region's chilly, wet disposition that threatened to freeze me to my bed every night.

I wore ALL. OF. MY. CLOTHES.

Every Day. All Day.

I didn't get used to the cold until spring began to thaw my surroundings, and by then, culture shock and the language barrier began to thaw as well. Tea sustained me throughout this ordeal.

I tried all kinds of new flavors: gunpowder green, jasmine, earl grey, local herbal concoctions for soothing the stomach after a notoriously rich meal à la française. One tea really stood out as my favorite.

While living there, my husband was able to finagle his way to come stay with me for a week in Paris for a pre-wedding honeymoon (we got married 12 days after I got back). Our 4th day in the City of Lights, we stopped in for afternoon tea at Ladurée on Champs-Èlysée. You can read more about the sumptuous visual and palatable experience in my travel blog here, but suffice to say, it was worth the euros.

We had a small goat cheese appetizer to share and followed it with pastries and Marie Antoinette Tea. A beautifully floral, fruity blend of black tea that I ended up buying to bring home with me.

Tea also affirms itself regularly in the historical fiction cinema and literature that is nestled close to my heart, so making a pincushion ode to my beloved warm drink was a given.

To make Your Teapot Pincushion, You'll Need:

The pattern download below is free, but there is an option for making a donation to support this blog (so I can keep making tutorials for you). Thank you in advance to any patrons who offer donations, your support means more than words can express! If you opt for the free download, it will only ask for your email address to send your PDFs to. Enjoy! 



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After printing your pattern, cut out your pieces (two teapot shapes and a 1 inch wide strip the length of your felt sheet, petal and leaf amounts are up to you--I used 9 and 2 respectively).




You'll want to sew all of your appliqués onto your top teapot piece first. The small teapot pieces first, then your leaves. For these, I used a back stitch (video tutorial here).

Make your flower by pinching each petal at the bottom and sewing a continuous running stitch through all of them, creating a scrunched circle of petals. Once happy with the fullness and shape, pass the needle through each petal in a fan around the bottom of the petals with a whip stitch to attach it to the teapot piece. I wasn't careful about the stitches being pretty, because this area will be covered with a button. (Sorry, I can't seem to find the photos I took for making the flowers 😰)

After sewing your button over the center and knotting your thread under the teapot, it's time to sew your pincushion to the strip.

Use a blanket stitch (video tutorial here) to carefully trace the teapot shape with your 1 inch strip.


Once about 3/4 of the way around your top teapot, repeat this process with the bottom piece, leaving an opening for stuffing. I used simple polyfill, but sawdust, steel wool, walnut grounds, and other fillings are acceptable, depending on the weight and function you want from your pincushion.


After filling, continue your blanket stitches on the top until the end of your strip meets the beginning, then make a straight cut of any excess, and finish stitching the bottom piece. To close your strip edge, use a back or running stitch (I used back stitch for more security).

Now just add some cute quilting pins, and you're finished! I'm partial to these little bird pins, but I also love sculpting my own. You can find my creations in my Etsy shop here.



I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know if any directions aren't clear in the comments or if you have any questions 😊 If you liked this tutorial, feel free to follow me on Instagram for shop and blog updates or subscribe for email newsletters!

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