Make Vintage-Style Fabric Tea Cups for Your Home

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Look, but don’t pour! At first glance, these adorable tea cups look like fine china, but they’re really made from fabric! They’re just one of dozens of charming projects you’ll find in Christa Rolf’s book, Vintage-Style Gifts for the Home. From pillow, quilts and mug rugs to buntings, fabric “cakes” and sewing tins, you’re sure to find plenty to keep your needle and thread busy. The book includes complete step-by-step directions, patterns and materials list, so there’s nothing to keep you from creating your own vintage-style treasures.

To get you started, we’re instructions so you can make your own set of fabric tea cups. Keep reading below!

OZ6248_8938How to Make Vintage-Style Fabric Tea Cups

Level of difficulty – Quick and easy

Size: 7cm (2¾in) high

What You’ll Need:

For one cup and saucer:

  • 25cm (9¾ in) of blue or pink patterned fabric
  • 25cm (9¾ in) of white fabric
  • 25cm (9¾ in) of fusible volume fleece
  • knitting dolly
  • white wool
  • thin wire
  • water-soluble marker pen

What You’ll Do:

Cutting out

For one cup and saucer:

The pattern pieces do not include a seam allowance.

Pink or blue patterned fabric:

  • 1 piece 20 x 20cm (7¾ x 7¾in) (outside of cup)
  • 1 piece 20 x 20cm (7¾ x 7¾in) (saucer)
  • White fabric
  • 1 piece 20 x 20cm (7¾ x 7¾in) (inside of cup)

Volume fleece:

  • 2 pieces 20 x 20cm (7¾ x 7¾in)

Sewing

Cup:

  1. Iron the volume fleece onto the back of the patterned fabric cut out for the outside of the cup. Transfer pattern piece 2a to the volume fleece using the water-soluble marker pen. Ignore the broken line – this applies to the Cupcake project. Cut out with a seam allowance and sew the short sides together.
  2. For the inside of the cup, transfer pattern piece 2a to the white fabric and cut out with a seam allowance, then sew the short sides together.
  3. For the bottom of the inside, cut one piece of pattern piece 2b in the white fabric and sew it into the white inside of the cup by hand.
  4. Sew the white inside and patterned outside of the cup together along the top edge with the right sides facing. Turn to face the right way then pin the inside to the outside and iron with just a little of the white inside remaining visible along the top edge.
  5. For the bottom of the outside, cut two pieces of pattern piece 2b out of the patterned fabric, including a seam allowance. Make a small cut in one of the circles for turning. Sew the two circles together all round with the right sides facing. Snip into the seam allowance to just before the seam, then turn and sew up the turning opening by hand. Sew the bottom of the cup in place by hand.
  6. For the handle, knit a 7cm (2¾in) tube using the knitting dolly and the white wool. Bend the wire to the length of the handle, and push into the knitted tube. Secure the ends and pull to the inside. Shape the handle and sew on to the cup.

Saucer:

  1. Iron volume fleece onto the back of the patterned fabric cut out for the saucer. Transfer pattern piece 2c to the volume fleece using the water-soluble marker pen, including the darts, and cut out with a seam allowance. Cut out another pattern piece 2c in the patterned fabric.
  2. Sew the darts on the two circles of fabric. Sew the two circles together with the right sides facing, leaving a small opening for turning. Turn, and sew up the opening by hand. Draw the broken line in the middle, then sew along it.

To print templates, right click on image, select “view image,” and then print.

Template 1x Template 3x

Images and text printed courtesy Search Press Limited.

Vintage-Style Gifts for the Home by Christa Rolf bookcoverVintage Style Gifts for the Home (Love to Sew), by Christa Rolf, published by First published in Great Britain 2015 by Search Press Limited;  distributed in the US and Canada by Search Press North America, www.searchpressusa.com. Copyright © 2013 Christophorus Verlag GmbH, Freiburg/Germany. Text copyright © Christa Rolf 2013.

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