How to Make Fabric Tea Cups

Updated February 21, 2017

Fabric teacups can be a cute gift for decorations or playtime tea parties with children. Making fabric teacups is easy and can be a fun activity for you and your kids to do together. Once you master a fabric teacup, try moving on to make a complete tea set.

Take a small bowl and place it face down over a piece of felt fabric. Trace a circle that is slightly larger than the bowl. Cut out the circle.

Apply pea-sized dots of craft glue to the bowl. Make sure there is enough glue coverage so the fabric adheres all the way around the bowl.

Wrap the fabric around the outside of the bowl so that it forms the shape of a handleless teacup; hold the fabric in place for a few seconds until the glue is thoroughly dry.

Spray the fabric with a layer of starch and allow it to dry for about 20 minutes. Repeat this step two or three times until the fabric is stiff and holds its shape.

Gently pull the fabric off of the bowl so as not to cause rips and loss of form. Spray the inside of the fabric cup with a few applications of starch to help the cup hold its shape.

Twist together three or four pipe cleaners about four inches in length into a handle shape. Glue the pipe cleaners to the side of the fabric cup. Hold the handle firmly in place until the glue dries.

Decorate the cup with jewels, beads, fabric paint and glitter to add flair to the teacups.

Things You'll Need

  • Felt fabric
  • Small bowl
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Spray-on starch
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Jewels, beads, fabric paint or glitter
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.