-a small plastic cup (the kind used for punch/wine)
-a rubber band
-(optional for embellishment:) ribbon, buttons, pom poms, a stone... etc
This is the cup; the short and wide kind. If you can't find one, use a regular plastic cup and cut it evenly so that that it is short.
Stuff it with the stuffing- and I mean stuff it! You will think you are really over-stuffing but you need it for the dome part of the cupcake. Smoosh it down and place fabric on top. (Why is spell check telling me smoosh is not a real word? I use it often)
Pull the fabric tight to form a dome.
Place a rubber band around the edge of the cup
Make sure the rubber band is super tight and begin to glue the fabric down to the cup all the way around.
Trip the excess fabric and remove the rubber band.
Now measure the height of your cup and add about 1/2" - 1" to that. That will be the length for your fabric strips. They will need to be about 1" wide. Start hot gluing the strips and slightly overlap the strips to give it the "cupcake wrapper look".
Add your "cherry" on top with a button, a bead or a pom pom. I used two buttons for the "abstract" look. If you want to, add a ribbon around the wrapper.
Trace around the bottom of the cup onto your felt and glue that piece on.
I was proud until I googled images of other Cupcake Pincushions that were hand-crocheted and ones with french seams... but then again isn't the point of Mother's Day to make a good ole homemade gift for your amazing Mom? Finn thinks so. Just look at that cute face that he made for me :) Happy Mother's Day!