Hi again! I am Jackie and I am back with another tutorial. This one is just plain fun. And might I add, very addicting. These little teacups and saucers make great gifts, cute centre pieces, funky holders for odds and ends, or even fun pin cushions if you want to stuff them.
Here we go:
9" x 9" block of Sugar and Spice - Sugar Paisley for outside of teacup
9" x 9" block of Sugar and Spice - Sugar Floral for inside of teacup
9" x 9" square of Sugar and Spice - Sugar Argyle for top of saucer
9" x 9" square of Sugar and Spice - Sugar Floral for bottom of saucer
1 yard of 1/4" ric rac
5" of 1" ric rac
Let's get started. Here is the fabric that I am going to use.
You are going to cut out 4 - 9" squares of fabric, for the inside and outside of teacup and top and bottom of saucer. So decide what you are using for each. I am using the Sugar Floral (middle one) for both the inside of my teacup and the bottom of my plate. So I will cut 2 from that fabric.
Next you are going to put fusible web on the back or wrong side of the 4 - 9" squares you have cut out.
Cut out 2 - 9" pieces of Timtex. Then you are going to iron the 2 teacup fabric pieces to each side of one piece of timtex and the same with the saucer. So make sure you have it figured out, which fabric goes with which template.
Now we are going to take our saucer template and you are going to cut out the little triangles.
Place it on your saucer fabric sandwich and trace and cut it out.
We are going to head to the sewing machine and stitch this little saucer together. What you are going to do is set your machine to a zigzag stitch. The two things to do are make the stitches tight, so the stitch length should be very close to zero... just like what you would do for machine applique. And make sure that your stitch width is long enough that it catches both pieces of fabric. I usually have it around 1/4".
Make sure you have your saucer facing the right way, the inside of the saucer should be facing up. This one isn't too big of a deal if you bend it the wrong way, because you can pop it the other way. But the teacup, would definitely be a problem.
You are going to start by stitching the little 'V's together. Just bring each 'V' together, and you will have to push it together as you send it through the machine.
Once that is done, then go around the outside of the saucer.
It should now look like this:
Look at that, we are already half way there. Now you get the drill, so onto the teacup. It is basically assembled the same way. Cut out your teacup template.
Take your other piece of fused timtex and trace the teacup template and cut out. It should look like this:
Now, go and put it under the machine the correct way, the inside of your teacup is facing up. Bring up the two sides of the 'V' and do your zizag stitch. A word, it is going to get tricky when you get to the last 'V' to stitch way down into the hole, so to speak. Don't be afraid to bend the timtex back so your machine can get in there. The shape will come back after. And if you can't get right down, don't worry, we are covering it up with ricrac.
Once you have done the 4 'V's, trim it up on the top if there is some unevenness, then stitch the top.
We are almost done. Take your narrow 1/4" ricrac, and we are going to stitch it by hand over the seams of the 'V's on the teacup, basically covering up the side seams on the cup. If you start at the top, instead of stopping at the bottom, I just carried it across the bottom and up the other side. Making an 'X' on the bottom. When I tacked it down, I didn't go right through to the inside, but just caught the zigag stitches.
Once you have stitched that down, then stitch the ricrac on the outside of the cup along the rim or top of the cup.
Now to put the handle on. This is where you are going to use your jumbo ricrac. I cut a piece 4 1/2" long. Just put it up to your teacup and shape a handle and cut that length. Attach the handle. If you want you can put some jumbo ricrac to the saucer on the edge. I did this on the saucer at the bottom of the tutorial.
All that is left is deciding if you want to attach the teacup to the saucer. You may find the teacup slightly wobbly. You can do a couple of things. Stitch it down. Put velcro at the bottom of the teacup and in the saucer. Sew a button in the bottom of the teacup and attach to the saucer that way. If I think I am going to mix and match them, and my teacup is light and I am worried about it tipping, I put a marble in the bottom of the teacup or some type of weighted object. Try a teabag!
Congratulations! Now go and have a cup o' tea, you deserve it!