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Thread: Pin cushion filler

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    Hi,

    What would you recommend as pin cushion filler? Polyester fiberfill seems to be a bit too light.

    Thanks. Susan.

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    I saw an article in a recent magazine that showed using wool roving for a pin cushion. (either Quilter's Newsletter or McCalls Quilting)

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    I'm guessing if you filled it really full of the fiber fill, it would be ok....or you could use the fiber fill and put a layer or two (like a small scrap square) of batting on top?

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    I asked one of the ladies' I work with what she would use (she makes soft body dolls- she actually molds the faces, arms, legs, etc. out of clay, then paints them, and everything else... They're awesome!!! I sew the bodies for her, & she does the rest). She uses micro beads & poly-fil to stuff the dolls. I use a very short stitch legnth (a serged looking strewtch stitch) when sewing the bodies so the beads don't come out between the stitches. The weight of the resulting dolls is good. Her latest one is sitting in a mini-rocking chair unassisted.

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    I have actually used sand. It works as a sharpening agent for the pins and it stays put. It is also less form restrictive.

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    I have two of my Grandmother's that she made a long time ago. She has been in Heaven for 23 years now. In one she used sand and in the other she used a mix of rice and sand. The cushions have held up very well and I also seem to agree that the sand helps to keep the pins sharp.

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    Below is the link to instructions for making pin cushions using an old teacup and saucer.. I thought the suggestions were helpful...concerning use of polyester vs fine grade of steel wool. I have assembled some cups and saucers to make some of these for gifts and I purchases a bag of steel wool pads for this specific use. The author had some good ideas.

    http://www.sew-whats-new.com/projects/t-cup-pin-C.shtml

    June in Cincinnati

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    I know this sounds crazy but my mom-in-law has stuffed pincushions with human hair. The oils in the hair help keep the pins from rusting. The longer the hair,the less likely it will work out thru the fabric. Any beauty or barber shop can probably save you some.

    Also putting some hair around the garden is supposed to help keep critters out of the garden. (You just never know what kind of info you can find on this site. :wink: )

    Sis

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    One Christmas, one of my club members made each of us a pin cushion. Each one was the size of a regular quilt block. Very cute. She didn't fill them with anything that would keep the pins sharp or from rusting. She just filled them with rolled up pieces of batting. She calls them a pin pillow. Not sure if it's what you are looking for, but it's another idea.

    Melissa

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    I think years ago, they used to be stuffed with saw dust! Of course I am giving away that I am old as dirt, but I seem to remember one coming apart or leaking and it was saw dust inside.

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    I remember when we had to save our coffee grounds. They would spread them on a jelly roll pan and slow bake them in the oven to get rid of the smell and super dry them. And then they were used for pin cushions. Does anyone else remember this?

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    I use the polyfil but put poly pellets in the bottom for weight.

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    I use crushed walnut shells, it keeps the pins sharp and stops them from rusting. I get it from the pet store, they sell it as Lizard Litter and use it in the reptile cages.

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    I have made pin cushions with polyfil and flax seeds. I have an Amish store close to me so the flax seeds are not expensive at all.

    Barb

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    do you put the sand inside a liner? I've thought of this but couldn't think of a non-messy way to do it.

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    My grandma used sand in hers. I'm not sure if she put it in a liner or not. Seems like you should.

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    sawdust or wood shavings.

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    I put very fine steel wool (home store) over sawdust.

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    I simply use batting. Though I make my pin cushions more like pin pillows. I take a 10" quilt block, and use strips of batting and a backing square. I have all of my straight pins in one and I have my safety pins in the others.

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    This thread just flooded me with memories of my great-grandmother who taught me to sew (i was named after her)!! We were called Big-Leona and Little-Leona, but I called her Grandma Precious. She was always making pin cushions and including them in homemade gift baskets she would give to her friends and family member for birthdays etc. She would use the lid/top to I think it was arisol (spelling?) hair spray cans. They were pink and made out of plastic. She would sew fabric and stuff it into a round half-dome shape for the pin cushion part and then glue it to the open side of the lid, and then glue lace around the perimeter where the fabric met the lid. It was a pin cushion and it looked like a frilly cupcake!!! I remember her using hair to stuff some of them. I totally forgot all about that until I read the post about the hair!

    Remembering that has made my day!!

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    Many, many year ago when I learned to make pincushions we also used hair to stuff them.. or we took a piece of wool fabric and "unwove" it..and used the fobers to fill them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraJennings
    I have actually used sand. It works as a sharpening agent for the pins and it stays put. It is also less form restrictive.
    I am w/Sandra on this too just because I love the feel of the pin cushions that are filled w/sand. They move around so nice and you can park them anywhere and they fit and stay put:)I am a pincushion fanatic and love making them. If you use sand, I picked up the 'child's safe' sand as it is 'clean' and line my cushion inside w/a tighter weave muslin as it helps lock in the sand and keeps it from ever sneaking out:)My favorites are my wool cushions, filled w/sand and lined inside w/muslin. I like Shadow's idea too but, haven't tried that. I have used the pellets w/poly batting on top. My fav is sand so far!:)Will try the lizard department next:)Skeat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    I am w/Sandra on this too just because I love the feel of the pin cushions that are filled w/sand. They move around so nice and you can park them anywhere and they fit and stay put:)I am a pincushion fanatic and love making them. If you use sand, I picked up the 'child's safe' sand as it is 'clean' and line my cushion inside w/a tighter weave muslin as it helps lock in the sand and keeps it from ever sneaking out:)My favorites are my wool cushions, filled w/sand and lined inside w/muslin. I like Shadow's idea too but, haven't tried that. I have used the pellets w/poly batting on top. My fav is sand so far!:)Will try the lizard department next:)Skeat
    Skeat, could you clarify a couple things? I have sandy paperweights and just love them as they stay put. Wouldn't mind trying it in a pin cushion, but it seems like it would be messy. Do you make, like a bag of some sort to fill with the sand, then put that inside the wool?? I just can't picture in my brain making my little quilt block and backing and filling with sand instead of batting. I am a little worried about it all coming out as I put pins in and take them out. How do you do it?

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    Skeat, could you clarify a couple things? I have sandy paperweights and just love them as they stay put. Wouldn't mind trying it in a pin cushion, but it seems like it would be messy. Do you make, like a bag of some sort to fill with the sand, then put that inside the wool?? I just can't picture in my brain making my little quilt block and backing and filling with sand instead of batting. I am a little worried about it all coming out as I put pins in and take them out. How do you do it?

    Melissa[/quote]

    Here's my steps in how I do this...I make my pin cushion (what you will see when you are done) and sew it all the way around leaving the opening for when you turn it inside right...and turn it right:) I then make a little 'inside' one out of muslin leaving the opening open also, turn it right side out, tuck it inside by going thru the opening of the pin cushion...then fill the muslin 'sleeve' (as I call it) w/sand...sew the opening closed w/sewing machine (can baste closed first if you fill yours full)then I whipstitch the opening of the outside cushion closed...and, there you have it!:)You can find the clean sand if that is what you choose to use in the kid sections of kid craft areas. Hope that helps:)Skeat

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    PS...I use a funnel to put the sand in that muslin sleeve...and, do it over a cookie sheet or something in case you drop any, it will make clean up easier:0)Skeat

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