How to Make Fabric Tea Cups

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How to Make Fabric Tea Cups
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Felt fabric
  • Small bowl
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Spray-on starch
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Jewels, beads, fabric paint or glitter

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

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

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