I read about Softies for Mirabel a few months ago and decided that I wanted to make a toy to mail over to Australia to help out. The problem was that I couldn’t decide what to make. A doll? An animal? No, let’s make a mug of tea was my first thought. This soon evolved in my crafty brain into a cup and saucer set.
How do I make a teacup and saucer I thought. I planted the idea in my head and let it grow a little bit, made a couple of sketches on random pieces of paper and got started. I am a very ‘trial and error’ soft toy maker, no pattern, just an idea, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine!
The cup had to be fastened to the saucer so they didn’t lose each other, so I made a fabric ribbon and attached it to the cup and the saucer leaving it long enough for tea time play.
The handle on the cup took me an age to turn and stuff, but my trusty knitting needles saved the day and I managed to employ a little bit of patience too which was the main tool I needed!
The ‘tea’ is felt fabric and is a little weak in colour for my tea taste, but it was either that or dark brown, so I decided on weak tea!
I am very pleased with my impromptu tea cup and saucer and I hope whoever ends up with it has a lovely time playing with it!
Are you a crafty kind of person? Do you like to whip up the odd softie whenever the mood takes you?! Making stuffed ghosts, monsters and plant pots (yes there was a flower in it) is a summer holiday pastime in our house!