Upcycle a Sugar Bowl into a Pincushion for Someone Who Sews

My sister-in-law celebrated her birthday a few weeks ago. I wanted to give her something unique and original. She loves to sew, loves shabby chic and vintage. I saw something similar on Pinterest using a teapot. I found a sugar bowl at the Goodwill that I thought would work nicely.

A sugar bowl pincushion
Find a fabric that coordinates with the sugar bowl you’ve chosen.

Then I dug through my scraps to come up with a coordinating fabric for the pincushion. I cut the circle about 2 inches larger than the inside of the lid and used a running stitch to pull all the edges together. I filled it up with a mixture of rice, dried lavender buds, and lavender essential oil. I finished pulling the threads together and tied them off.

A teapot pincushion
Cut the fabric about 2″ larger than the lid.
A mixture of rice, lavendar buds, and lavendar essential oil fills the pincushion.
A mixture of rice, lavendar buds, and lavendar essential oil fills the pincushion.
Hand sew a running stitch all the way around the fabric edge and pull the threads to create a pocket for the rice mixture.
Hand sew a running stitch all the way around the fabric edge and pull the threads to create a pocket for the rice mixture.
Tie several knots with the thread to secure the rice mixture inside the pincushion.
Tie several knots with the thread to secure the rice mixture inside the pincushion.

Then I put some hot glue around the rim of the ceramic lid and added the pincushion.

I put some clips, a tape measure, a plastic pin case, and a couple of crocheted buttons inside the sugar bowl.
I put some clips, a tape measure, a plastic pin case, and a couple of crocheted buttons inside the sugar bowl.

Next I put a few sewing essentials into the belly of the sugar bowl. Pins and a tape measure worked nicely. I wanted to put in a seam ripper, but there wasn’t enough height to allow that.

I'll bet you give ceramics a second look when you see them at tag sales or the Goodwill. I do.
I’ll bet you give ceramics a second look when you see them at tag sales or the Goodwill. I do.

Now she has something shabby chic and unexpected for her sewing room. P.S. She loved it!

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