Tuesday, June 18, 2013

hexie pin cushion


I made this little 3/4" epp hexie pin cushion a while back and although I quite liked the way it turned out, especially the adorable little panda, I did not use it much. It is small and so very light and flimsy that every time I tried to take out the pin I would pick up the whole pin cushion. 


The other day, though, I had this idea of sticking it into a pretty porcelain jar. I figured if it could stay in, the jar would give it enough weight to make it nice and sturdy, and staying in place when I take the pins out. It worked!!!


I think it looks like a pretty cupcake (with floating sprinkles), doesn't it?

So, I was wondering. What do you use to fill your pin cushions with? I usually use fiberfill stuffing and while I like how soft it is, I think I need to go with something heavier next time.

Hope you all have a very lovely rest of the day. Svetlana

27 comments:

  1. So cute! I love the panda in the middle. I am a big fan of magnetic pin cushions. I have a couple, one for larger pins and one for finer pins. They are nice because I can just wave it around on the floor and it picks up any pins that I dropped. I have heard of people using walnuts to fill their pincushions.

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  2. The filling I've used is rice. It works pretty well and definitely gives some weight, but it a super pain to sew up without the rice falling out!

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  3. I used crushed walnut shells, nice and heavy and good for your pins too. I buy it as "lizard litter" at the pet store in a huge bag and store it in a covered plastic bucket in my sewing room

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  4. I second the crushed walnut shells! Adorable pin cushion!

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  5. I have many plans to make pin cusions but haven't gotten around to it yet. Just last Friday though I went to Petsmart for dog food and I also picked up a 10 kg bag of crushed walnut shells so that when I do actually sew the pin cusions I will have crushed walnuts to fill them with. Every pattern I have says to fill with crushed walnuts and for the longest time I didn't know where to get them. Then a kind blogger told me you can get them in the "reptile bedding department" at the pet store.

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  6. Crushed walnut shells. Love the 'cupcake'!

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  7. Oh how cute!! :0)
    I use crushed walnut shells.

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  8. Oh, yes, it looks SO cute in that bowl. Genius!

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  9. Cotton or wool are good alternatives to polyester and they won't dull your needle as fast. To weigh it down, sew a "bean bag" of uncooked rice or crushed walnut shells and place it inside before you stuff...best of both worlds. (Remember, if it's for a gift or swap, to beware of nut allergies in the household.)

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  10. This is one of the cutest pincushions I have seen in a long time! Well done!

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  11. As I'm unable to get crushed walnut shells where I live, I use kitty litter instead. It gives a good weight to the pincushion, not too heavy not too light. The only problem is, I have to make sure it never gets wet!

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  12. Ground glass is good too, and it keeps your pins sharp. Adorable pincushion, well done!

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  13. I use mostly polyester fibre stuffing, with a handful of rice at the bottom to weigh it down. I *hate* a lightweight pincushion!

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  14. I made a pincushion once which had lead shot in the bottom. It gives it great stability!

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  15. My favorite pincushion is wool roving ball partially felted and glued into an egg cup. The ceramic/porcelain give weight and the roving holds the needles. And it's very cute :)

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  16. I have one filled with crushed walnut shells, which gives it a nice weight :)

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  17. Lovely! What great luck that it fits perfectly in the porcelain cup. A perfect marriage!

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  18. Really cute! I used crushed walnut/pecan shells - forget which nut. But I really like them for pincushions.

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  19. That is such a great idea to put it in the jar. I have a little bit of that panda fabric too - so cute.

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  20. Oh what a sweet cupcake pinnie! Lizard litter/crushed walnut shells make for good pinnie fillers as they sharpen your pins as well as weighting down the pinnie. I've also heard of folks putting wire wool in the pinnie, also to sharpen the pins. You could also pop a sachet of sand into the base of the pinnie to weight it down. Jxo

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  21. My two pincushions (the apple you made and the little patchwork one I made using your tutorial) are both filled with fiberfill and it works for me. I stuffed the little one really densely so it's not too light. I think your solution is perfect! It does look like a panda cupcake:)

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  22. Cute! I totally saw the cupcake before you pointed it out. I love the idea! I've heard a lot of people use crushed walnut but I've never made one so I can't tell you.

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  23. Ano, toto je jehelnicek k nakousnuti :) Moc krasny!!! A ty malinkate hexagonky... uzasne :) Pekne sis vyhrala :)

    Mej se krasne, J.

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  24. Adorable--great solution to the problem. I usually fill my pincushions with crushed walnut shells from the pet store.

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  25. Perfect resolution. I use crushed walnut shells (lizard bedding) as it's meant to sharpen the pins/needles

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