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    Need: Workhorse pin cushion

    I have several pin cushions but I have (sigh) lost or misplaced my very most favorite which my grandson got for me from a scout fundraiser. It was a tuna can weighted somehow and painted black with a glued on cotton top filled with fiberfill. I have sized way down so I don't want to get paint, fiberfill, etc. to make a replacement. Has anyone bought a wonderful pin cushion that handles long quilting pins and is convenient to use. Flat bottom is a must as the "tomato" I've been using gets rolypoly after I use all the pins from one side. Suggestions???
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    Go to Harbor Freight and for a few dollars you can buy a magneto bowl. I have two. Good things about it is that it has heavy rubberized bottom and holds many pins. I LOVE mine especially for pins.

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    Thanks Tashana for the tip to go to Harbor Freight for the magnet bow. i've been wanting one and hadn't gotten around to looking for one yet.
    my name is becca and i'm a quilt-a-holic :-)

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    Keep your magneto bowl away from your computerized machine. Magnets and pins can play havoc with the computers in your machine.

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    My pin cushion ... is not a pin cushion!

    Just the lid from a tin box with a cow magnet in it. Magnet sticks to the tin tray. Pins to the magnet. The low edge allows for easy access for retrieving the pins and I somewhat aim the pins and the magnet grabs them! If I need to take it anywhere then the bottom of the tin box can easily be added for travel. And bonus, the edge keeps my stitch ripper from rolling away.
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    I use the old rice bags I made for my son when he was trying to learn how to juggle. They're just little 4" squares bags filled with rice. They stay put nicely.
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    I took an old mouse pad. Cut in to 4 equal squares. Put 2 together then held them together by making a pillow case for it. Made them as gifts and I don't have a picture.

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    I made the thread catcher bags with the pincushion that sits on the table. I love, love, love it. 2 helps in one. Easy to make. I will see if I can find the link for it. Found it: www.merrimentdesign.com/pincushion-thread-catcher.phb . Hope this works. BTW: when I make mine, instead of the hinges I used rice or beans (I live in a very dry climate) & instead of the clothesline I used the plastic strap that comes around packages. This is very easy to make & is very handy. I made 4 of these in one afternoon. I used 2 coordinating fabrics in mine. Very cute too. I even sold a couple. Fast & inexpensive. What more could you ask for. Hope this inspires someone to get creative. Please share with me if you do. I would love to see what others come up with.
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    For some reason this now just takes you to her page. On the right side of the page go "sewing projects" under the heading Project Types. Hope you can find it. It's well worth it.
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    When I click on the link in my other message it just took me to her site. SOOOOOO, just look on right side of her page under PROJECT TYPE. Then go down to sewing project. Click on that. On that page scroll down til' you find the pincushion thread catcher listing. I think it's the 6th one down. Hope you can find it because it's well worth the little effort. It's a great pattern. Good Luck & happy stitching.
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    I love this one. I fill the bottom third with rice (uncooked, you won't believe how many ask that and yes that is a dumb question) . I have small ones and big door stop ones! They will not roll or tip over.

    http://www.fatquartershop.com/Free-Q...incushions.pdf

    I made it simple and more useful for me. I don't add a tie, I use a big safety pin to hold the two ends together and fill that pin with other safety pins.
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    A friend made me a pincushion that has proven to be my best friend. She took a straight sided teacup (2 1/2 to3" tall and around), took pieces of 100% wool and rolled them very, very tight. Pushed them into the cup and voila, instant pincushion. It works perfect for my longer pins as well as the shorter pins. The wool keeps the pins sharp and I can always find the cup on the sewing table.

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    Thanks to all who weighed in so far. I have tried the magnet route and my arthritis really prefers that the pins be sticking up as pulling them off the magnet is not as effortless somehow. I think I may try QuiltNama's teacup idea as I have a stray small mug and some wool scraps that should work for this project. But I hate to stop my quilting long enough to make one.

    What I had hoped for is a really FABULOUS flat pin cushion I could order already made. Then if I liked it, I could just order three or four! Anyone know a source where I can purchase the quilter's dream pin cushion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Go to Harbor Freight and for a few dollars you can buy a magneto bowl. I have two. Good things about it is that it has heavy rubberized bottom and holds many pins. I LOVE mine especially for pins.
    Was going to be my response, too. I've got the 4" and the 6". Wouldn't trade them for anything.

    And it's heavy enough that it sits well on the arm of my recliner, too.
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    Thanks for the tip, BUT I have five machines and none of them are computerised. They are oldies but goodies, and nothing short of armagedon can ruin them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vondae View Post
    I made the thread catcher bags with the pincushion that sits on the table. I love, love, love it. 2 helps in one. Easy to make. I will see if I can find the link for it. Found it: www.merrimentdesign.com/pincushion-thread-catcher.phb .
    Is this what you were talking about Vondae? It looks very easy to make. I have one kind of like it that, but the top looks like a flower. I did not make mine, I won it at a retreat. Pincushion Thread Catcher
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Go to Harbor Freight and for a few dollars you can buy a magneto bowl. I have two. Good things about it is that it has heavy rubberized bottom and holds many pins. I LOVE mine especially for pins.
    I have one of these also and I love it, I got mine at the local auto supply store and I think I paid abt $6. BTW, Tashana, I love your avatar - what a cutie.
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    I made some square pin cushions for Christmas that were very simple. I did as the pattern advised to fill with crushed walnut shells. The filling provides a good weight to the item. I can't remember where I got the pattern on line but was a frequented site. The filling you can buy at pet store or pet department of store.

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    made me smile about the cow magnet, as I have used them for quite awhile. most people do not know what they are.or what they were used for, brings back memories

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    My DGD's husband said computers are not affected by magnets anymore. They are made differently than older ones. That's what he said. He is a mechanical engineer.

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    I'd be the lazy bum in the group and fill a sock with rice until I thought it was the right size, cut and stitch it shut
    That said, I've never met a pin cushion I didn't like, they speak so eloquently of our passion.

    It would actually be kind of cute if you used baby socks or those holiday below the ankle socks.

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    Thanks for the link Vondae. I found it. I used to have one, but somehow a puppy got a hold of it and it is now toast! Instead of hinges to use as weights, my old one had a plain ceramic tile to hold it down. It worked just fine.
    Thanks again. Happy quilting,Gina

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    I had the same problem with the tomato pincushion. I found an old cozy cup holder (remember them. Plastic disposable cup that you stick in the plastic holder) the tomato fit perfectly in it. So with a little hot glue inside the rim where the tomato sits, I have a very stable pincushion which even has a handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip43 View Post
    made me smile about the cow magnet, as I have used them for quite awhile. most people do not know what they are.or what they were used for, brings back memories
    Tulip ... Are you from a dairy farm on our Sunshine Coast? I have a collection of magnets on the frig, and ready to put into action. ARen't they just the best things ever for holding things on the frig door, outside steel doors .... and to collect pins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple View Post
    I had the same problem with the tomato pincushion. I found an old cozy cup holder (remember them. Plastic disposable cup that you stick in the plastic holder) the tomato fit perfectly in it. So with a little hot glue inside the rim where the tomato sits, I have a very stable pincushion which even has a handle.
    Now THAT's a great idea! A cup of "tomato" and I am good to go!! THANKS A MILLION, PattyP! Now I am off to borrow DH's glue gun!
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