What does all that have to do with this week's TTT. Well, my old header had a tea for one tea pot and an antique tea ball. I was roaming around my sewing room Monday morning trying to find some inspiration when I spotted all these...my little tea ball collection.
I love tea, tea balls and tea pots. Here's a picture of my favorite tea pot. Disney is our favorite place on earth and this little Minnie teapot sits on my desk!
So, after all that blah, blah, blahing, here is my little inspiration. I wanted to make something sewy (is that even a word), because last week's was the Washer Toss Game. There's nothing sewier than a pincushion!!!
This is a mesh tea ball. Tea leaves go inside to infuse the water for a nice cup of tea. Yah...right, not on Tuesdays!!
Open it up and clamp it on card stock.
Trace the shape.
Cut it out and make sure it fits the circle.
Now here's the part where you're probably going to say..."she's nuts".
Take a small ball of fiber fill...
Place stuffing in one side of the tea ball.
Cover with the card stock circle.
and glue in place. I just used a little hot glue all the way around the rim and a dab in the center of stuffing.
Here you have it... A pin cushion. Woo Hoo!
Quick, easy and cute...but wait there's more! Sew Much More
See that top part? It's empty. What better place to store something for sewing.
A bobbin of thread of course.
Just pop it in...
but before you close it, thread the thread through the wire mesh from the inside to the outside.
Now it's perfect. Needles and pins on one side...thread on the other. The thread is safe and sound in there. You won't lose it and it stays nice and clean. Just pull the thread out through the wire and the bobbin spins inside the tea ball.
Take a key ring that hinges open.
Hook it to the ring on the bottom and add your favorite little scissors.
You can also add a badge clip to the bottom ring too. Just clip it any where on your clothing so that it's always where you want it when hand sewing...especially in the car. Never lose your thread or scissors again.
You can find these mesh tea balls in most kitchen sections. I did a search on Amazon under Mesh Tea Balls and a bunch came up. Prices ranges from a $1.75 on up. There were some small mesh balls that weren't the clamp style, but the ones that hang from a tea cup with a chain. Those would work great too.
Now lets go make a ...a what? What to name this. How about a "tea cushion" or a "sew ball" or how about "sew meshy".
What ever the name, make one for yourself or a friend. Great gift idea too.
Happy Tuesday Everyone. I hope you have a magnificent day! I'm going to go have a cup of tea.