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    I'm getting my Christmas projects lined up and I found a tutorial for a cute sewing tool caddy with a removable pin cushion.

    I'm trying to figure out what to stuff my pin cushion with. One of the tutorials mentioned that polyester fiberfill will ruin your pins and she stuffs her pin cushions with wool or cotton. I saw another that suggested putting some steel wool in it to keep pins sharp.

    What do you stuff your homemade pin cushions with?

    Does anyone use emery?

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    I use sand. It seems to work well.

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    Never heard that about polyester. But I wonder about steel wool rusting. I'll be watching to see what others suggest.

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    One of the teacup pincushions listed here several years ago called for steel wool, very fine, so it will sharpen the points as it glided through the metal. As other have suggested, sand and real sheep wool. The Lanolin would be great!

    June in Cincinnati

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    One of the teacup pincushions listed here several years ago called for steel wool, very fine, so it will sharpen the points as it glided through the metal. As other have suggested, sand and real sheep wool. The Lanolin would be great!

    June in Cincinnati

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    I did here about polyester,but it took years before i saw anything with my pins.I use sand.Connie in CO

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    I use raw wool.

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    I have used Poly for years with no problems but maybe I am just lucky or haven't noticed anything


    Would you mind sharing a link to the tutorial you found i have been looking for something like that

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    I was not sure who you were requesting the tutorial from. here is this one. I am sure others have more.


    http://www.everythingsewing.net/teacuppincushion.htm

    June in Cincinnati

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    I use crushed walnut hulls. You can buy it at a pet supply store.

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    It depends on the pin cushion. I used a styrofoam ball (cut in half) to stuff my sunny side up egg pin cushion. I used fine sand for the pin cushion attached to my thread catcher. I used polypropalin(sp) beads for my log cabin chicken. I have used polyester fiberfill in pin cushion also.

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    I'm making one like CJomomma did but I'm using lavender from my garden to stuff it with. Have no idea how it will hold up but it may just work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I use raw wool.
    I have one made of raw wool that looks like a caramel roll that I got in Paducah some years ago and that thing is wonderful!

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    I'd use sand if you need weight to it, lamb's wool if you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annthreecats
    I'm getting my Christmas projects lined up and I found a tutorial for a cute sewing tool caddy with a removable pin cushion.

    I'm trying to figure out what to stuff my pin cushion with. One of the tutorials mentioned that polyester fiberfill will ruin your pins and she stuffs her pin cushions with wool or cotton. I saw another that suggested putting some steel wool in it to keep pins sharp.

    What do you stuff your homemade pin cushions with?

    Does anyone use emery?
    Yes, the poly fill will dull needles..it is poly...
    steel wool is good, if covered in muslin, sos pads are better, the soap keeps the pins sharp and and does not rust or break down as fast as steel wool.
    I just walnut shells and corn cob litters...in a little muslin bag..stitched closed, and then an sos pad on top of that, then my fabric...
    IF you sell them and they have the SOS pads, or the walnut shells, you have to put a warning on them for those that have allergies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    I use crushed walnut hulls. You can buy it at a pet supply store.
    This is what I used , also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbbyQuilts
    I have used Poly for years with no problems but maybe I am just lucky or haven't noticed anything


    Would you mind sharing a link to the tutorial you found i have been looking for something like that
    Sent you a PM with the link.

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    I think I will use a combination of wool, steel wool and crushed walnut shells. I don't want it to be too heavy.


    Thanks for the help everyone. I really appreciate it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I use raw wool.
    Where do you find raw wool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I use raw wool.
    Where do you find raw wool?
    Know anyone with sheep? Or try a spinning and weaver's supply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    I use crushed walnut hulls. You can buy it at a pet supply store.
    Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting cat
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I use raw wool.
    Where do you find raw wool?
    Know anyone with sheep? Or try a spinning and weaver's supply.
    Be sure the wool has been washed (soaked not agitated) to remove the farm dirt and odors. It will retain some lanolin.

    I have wool in roving [carded "strips" wound into a ball] and batts [carded "blankets"]. PM me. I'm not at the house right now. I'll be there in September.

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    I will be watching this post. I'm going to make some of these for Christmas. Hi Neighbor , I too am from Cinti!

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    Remnants of wool fabric can be used to make the pin cushion as well as the stuffing. Shred the stuffing by rotary cutting it. With wool on the outside as well as the inside. This method is especially useful in the tropics because it will keep the pins from rusting.

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    my mother always used wood shavings, my Dad worked in a wood shop.I still have 2 she made and use them daily.

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