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    what to stuff pin cushion with

    I am making pin cushions and what do you use to stuff them

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    Like, 3 layers: I have used sand in the bottom, regular poly stuffing in middle, and wool stuff on top (what you use to do machine felting).
    The sand weights them so they sit properly, poly stuffing- cheaper to fill body, and wool has a natural oil that help pins and needles stay clean and sharp (it won't stain or hurt your material...

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    thank you appreciate it

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    I use crushed walnut shells...works good for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sak658 View Post
    I use crushed walnut shells...works good for me...
    I use the same!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    I am making pin cushions and what do you use to stuff them
    I've been wondering the same thing. Glad you asked the question and I'm watching all the answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sak658 View Post
    I use crushed walnut shells...works good for me...
    I use walnut shells too, but I have seen sand in some and it adds a nice weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    I use the same!!!
    I use crushed walnut shells too. You can get them at any pet store in the reptile department and they are inexpensive.
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    I use polly pellets

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    I have used raw wool, poly-fil, and I just got an order of emery to make some pin cushions. I understand steel wool is also good for keeping pins sharp.

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    I use a combination of polly fill and crushed walnut shells. I like the walnut shells as it adds weight to the pin cushions.

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    I have wrapped an SOS pad with double layer of fabric. Works pretty well. I have a very old pin cushion that I made in 4-H. (won't go into HOW old it is!) We were instructed to dry used coffee grounds and use that to stuff. My pin cushion was a velvet fabric. I still have it and use it. Of course, no coffee smell anymore! And it sure is ugly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LilaKay View Post
    I use crushed walnut shells too. You can get them at any pet store in the reptile department and they are inexpensive.
    I found them in the pet store but the bag was huge! Don't think I'll be making that many pincushions. I'm going to try sand since I already have some. Do you put it in a separate "bag" inside the pincushion to it from prevent shifting and working its way through the seams?

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    If its a big one, fish tank gravel in botyom, crused walnut shells, poly fill, steel wool.
    Theyre all great.
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    Don't forget that if you're in a pincusion swap or plan to give them as gifts, walnut shell stuffing can have dire effects on some recipients. It also dulls the pins, as does sawdust or any other wood product. I use emery sand; the stuff that is used in the old strawberries for keeping needles sharp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sak658 View Post
    I use crushed walnut shells...works good for me...
    A few months ago I made pincushions and for the first time tried the crushed walnut shells.......absolutely loved them!!
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    I am so impressed that you still use it. That is so sweet. Thank you for sharing that.

    Quote Originally Posted by humbird View Post
    I have wrapped an SOS pad with double layer of fabric. Works pretty well. I have a very old pin cushion that I made in 4-H. (won't go into HOW old it is!) We were instructed to dry used coffee grounds and use that to stuff. My pin cushion was a velvet fabric. I still have it and use it. Of course, no coffee smell anymore! And it sure is ugly!

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    I like to use bird gravel; recently acquired GD's excess aquarium gravel and mixed some with the gravel and works great. Love how the pincushions stay put and don't migrate on their own!
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    I heard at a guild meet to use lizzard litter, found at a pet store and is actually ground walnuts but a lot more economical about $10 for a large bag compared to the small bags at quilt shops that only fill one pin cushion. Have not tried this but I plan too.

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    I think the old, old ones were filled with saw dust.

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    I've been using poly fill with a center core of very fine steel wool - 0000, I think. But I'm going to look for walnut shells as I like that idea.

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