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    Question ???Best most affordable filling for pincushions

    Want to have something with a little weight. I know about crushed walnut shells and kity litter. Making these for a quilter's meet and greet and one gal is from FL so don't want to use rice for mold issues. Could I use pinto beans? They're really hard hard hard.
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    How about fish tank gravel inthe bttom and
    Stuffing on top of that.

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    Sand is good and you can usually buy it at hardware stores.

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    I have also been seeking some answers...so thanks for posting. Walnut shells are expensive and a bit tricky to obtain here in Western Australia. I was hoping to buy some emery sand (like the strawberry pincusions have) but that's also been hard to source. My next step was to "The Bird and Fish Place" to see if they have any aquarium sand or gravel as Lynnie suggested. Will let you know how I go.

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    Earthwalker... forthe walut ssells, try a petstore or reptile store.

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    Thanks Lynnie....the Bird and Fish place also does reptiles so I will check that out.

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    Sand will leak through the fabric. Emery is what is in the strawberry on the pincushions, that's why some pincushions cost more then others. Old pincushions had sawdust packed solid in them. For weight I used a few glass marbles in the middle of poly stuffing. I read a post here to cut open old pincushions to find old sewing needles made years ago from the best quality steel. I had an old one I bought at a yard sale and it was full of needles inside! Strong sharp needles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM View Post
    Want to have something with a little weight. I know about crushed walnut shells and kity litter. Making these for a quilter's meet and greet and one gal is from FL so don't want to use rice for mold issues. Could I use pinto beans? They're really hard hard hard.

    Shhhhhhhhhhhh I bet I wasn't supposed to see this but....I can keep a secret.
    I use walnut shells and batting depending on the pattern.
    I would think pinto beans would work too.
    I'm not making pin cushions so you are safe with me. LOL.
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    Now I have found a use for all of the walnut shells that the squirrels leave empty for me in the back yard! I guess I would just bang them down with a hammer, right? I am also taking the whole green walnuts and putting them in water to make walnut stain.
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    I bought the sand that they use for doing the coloured layers in cactus gardens. I would also look into the sand they use for the wedding ceremony that the bride and groom pour into a container. I use a very tight weave inner fabric bag so the sand doesn't leak through. I have also used the polypropelene beads but it isn't as nice as the fine sand.

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    How about steel wool? It's cheap at the hardware store, and can be packed pretty tight..... it's not heavy, but it's non-food, and pretty easy to source....

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    Any moisture will sprout beans, and stink bad, rice would be much better.>>

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    I have used BBs from Walmart to fill old Beanie Babies for frame weights. Nice and very very heavy. Would weight down anything and not lead out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaysue4 View Post
    Now I have found a use for all of the walnut shells that the squirrels leave empty for me in the back yard! I guess I would just bang them down with a hammer, right? I am also taking the whole green walnuts and putting them in water to make walnut stain.
    I would be afraid that some of the walnut 'juice' would remain on the shells and stain the pincushion fabric from the inside. It seems to go everywhere and is permanent. After all my hard sewing, I think a few bucks spent at the pet store is well worth it. Also, seems like the pet store shells are from English walnuts, not black walnuts...
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    I used steel wool with raw wool in pin cushions last time I made them. I need to get crushed walnut shells so I can try that as well.

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    steel wool.

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    Julie,
    Go to your local hardware or lumberyard, find the area that has sandblasting items. My husband has a business that he does a lot of sandblasting and he buys the fine walnut shells in large boxes a lot cheaper than the pet store prices. He also buys very fine emery sand. When making pin cushions, I make a small muslin bag to fill with sand or shells and that keeps all of the grit from coming out.

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    I have a pin cushion/thread bag I bought at a quilt show. It has aquarium gravel and I don't like my pins in it because it seems to dull the pins. I wonder if the steel wool would act as a sharpener? If so, that would be awesome.

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    Hi earthwalker, try the sandblasting sand you should be able to buy it in paint shops or hardware stores.


    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    I have also been seeking some answers...so thanks for posting. Walnut shells are expensive and a bit tricky to obtain here in Western Australia. I was hoping to buy some emery sand (like the strawberry pincusions have) but that's also been hard to source. My next step was to "The Bird and Fish Place" to see if they have any aquarium sand or gravel as Lynnie suggested. Will let you know how I go.

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    Go to a pet store and look for walnut crushed beddig for birds. Kaytee walnut pet bird litter. You can get a very big bag for way cheaper then buying it at the quilt store in those tiny packets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    I would be afraid that some of the walnut 'juice' would remain on the shells and stain the pincushion fabric from the inside. It seems to go everywhere and is permanent. After all my hard sewing, I think a few bucks spent at the pet store is well worth it. Also, seems like the pet store shells are from English walnuts, not black walnuts...
    I didn't think about that, but I have some that are years old sitting in a composting area. But do they help sharpen the needles? What would I use to sharpen the needles?
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    I have read a lot of posts recomending different things to stuff pincushion's, but have never seen anyone using used coffee grounds. I remember when I was in my 1st year 4-H many many years ago, we had to make a pincushion and it was recomended to dry used coffee grounds, and use them. I still have that pincushion! It has to be 65 years old! I used brown velvet fabric. Don't remember if I got a ribbon or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird View Post
    I have read a lot of posts recomending different things to stuff pincushion's, but have never seen anyone using used coffee grounds.
    Oooh, that would smell yummy!

    I believe you can also find crushed walnut shells in hunting/sportsman's stores. My husband polishes his brass shell casings with them in a tumbler.

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    I was thinking those plastic pellets would work nice in the bottom. I bought a bag to use next time I make some pin cushions. I think I will check out the crushed walnuts to see the pricing on those and how big the bags are. I would like to try it, but not right away. As long as they stay dry(which everything should in our sewing areas) the walnuts shouldn't be an issue(unless you have allergies).
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    Walnut shells as pincushion stuffing can be extremely dangerous to people with nut allergies. Make absolutely sure the recipient will not be affected. The shells, since they are wood, also dull pins and needles, as does sawdust to a lesser degree.

    This warning has been discussed before but was deemed a non-quilting topic, so it got moved. Take a look.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/general...e-t125678.html

    The ideal 'weighty' stuffing is emery sand (available on etsy) or, if that's not possible, something else from the 'mineral' category (as opposed to either 'animal' or 'vegetable').
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