pixie toadstools and mr. cups

mr. cups

Meet Mr. Cups! My new helper – I found him upstate in a fabulously junky junk shop – he makes a very cheery pin holder. I love the way his details are painted – I looked him up and found out he was made in Japan in the forties and there is a Mrs. – I’m on the look out.  He helped me make lots of mini toadstools – pixie size fungi made from little scraps.

little mushroom pattern


I used the mini size from the little mushroom sewing pattern –  just big enough for someone’s pocket.

They’re fun to make in a batch and easy to travel with – just a little bag of scraps and a few supplies. I always use wool stuffing – it gives them a nice sponginess and you can fine tune the shape.

toadstool detail

textile toadstools

toadstools moss

mushroom print sewing pattern


PS -There’s a print version of the sewing pattern too – a 16 page booklet.

I hope you make a batch of sweet mini fungi! Use  #annwoodpattern on instagram to share.



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  1. Hi!

    Nice Mr Cups : )
    But don´t you think he would love a fat hat or a soft ball in his cup?

    That way you could use him, even better, as as a pin holder! Maybe even a mushroom in his cup : )

    And yes, the mushrooms look great!

  2. Ann, your mini funghi are beautiful!

    I recently put a merry wobbler photo as my 2nd ever on Instagram – would love you to go see 🙂 @clairelander74

    Maria I LOVE your friends work! thanks for posting link 🙂

    Claire x

  3. so cute Mr Cups, but does’nt he need a hat, a anvaluable little hat ?
    It’s always a great travel in your blog… so great!

  4. I have an entire family of Mr. Cups somewhere. Egg cups left over from my childhood. He would have had a knitted hat with a pompom on top to keep the egg warm. So cute.

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