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Carol from Pittsburgh Posted: Wed, Dec 26 2012 8:05 PM

I want to make a pincushion to wear on my wrist. I need one that will hold the large pins used to attach the quilt parts to the leaders on longarm rollers. Does anyone have any suggestions for what to use inside the pincushion as a stuffing / filler?

 

 

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Nana replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 8:07 PM

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I like to use crushed walnut shells in my pincushions.  They help keep the pins sharp.

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MNnancy replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 8:57 PM

I bought a package of crushed walnut shells at the quilt shop to make a pin cushion - $5.99 for about a cup.   Now I've learned that for that same $5.99, I could buy 5 quarts at the pet store!  Live and learn.


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Nana:

Carol

I like to use crushed walnut shells in my pincushions.  They help keep the pins sharp.

Thanks Nana. This is good to know as I was considering making one also.

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Jeanine replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 11:27 PM

Steel wool is also good to keep pins sharp.

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gini replied on Thu, Dec 27 2012 12:57 AM

i like rice.  the walnut shells react with the metal over time and cause the pins to get dull, they don't slide through the  fabric as easily.  the steel wool wears off the coating that's on the outside causing the same problem.  however, you can't get the rice wet. 

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Kris replied on Thu, Dec 27 2012 1:03 AM

MNnancy:
I bought a package of crushed walnut shells at the quilt shop to make a pin cushion - $5.99 for about a cup.   Now I've learned that for that same $5.99, I could buy 5 quarts at the pet store!  Live and learn.

Yep that's that quilt shop inflation at work.

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Kris replied on Thu, Dec 27 2012 1:04 AM

gini:

i like rice.  the walnut shells react with the metal over time and cause the pins to get dull, they don't slide through the  fabric as easily.  the steel wool wears off the coating that's on the outside causing the same problem.  however, you can't get the rice wet. 

Good tip Gini. I never thought of rice. 

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Thanks, Everyone!  Now as soon as I shovel the snow and ice from my driveway, I can get the supplies to make my pincushion.

 

 

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