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SHIPPING DELAYS - Please read if considering a purchase ********* Hurricane Sandy is on the way. I may be out of power for days. Also, I'll be out of town Oct 31 to Nov 5. I will do my very best to get purchases made before Oct 30 shipped out immediately. If I don't have power, the PO doesn't have power, or conditions are not suitable for driving, then shipments will have to be made when I return from my trip. Purchases made October 30 or later will be shipped out early in the week of Nov 6. Thank you for your patience and understanding.****************I will be away Oct 31 to Nov 5. Purchases made after Oct 30 will be shipped on my return. ********************** A handmade pincushion filled with emery to keep your pins sharp....

Are you familiar with the little strawberry that comes along with the famous tomato pincushion? Do you know the purpose of that strawberry? It's an emery pincushion. Its purpose is to keep your pins and needles sharp. It's filled with a mineral called "emery". Emery resembles fine metal shavings. It's used as an abrasive in industrial applications and on things like emery boards.

Years ago, I searched high and low for a larger emery pincushion with no luck, so I decided to start making my own.

The result? Here's one of them. These pincushions are small, as far as pincushions go, but large for emery pincushions. They measure approximately 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) by 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm). They are covered in a cotton, graphic, retro-looking fabric of black flowers on a white background.

Actually, they are covered twice. I wanted to be sure that the emery did not escape through the seams or through pinholes made into the fabric. I first made the pincushions with muslin, then covered them with the print fabric.

These are the perfect pincushions...They're cute, they're heavy so they won't slide around your work surface, they hold your pins and needles, and they're sharpened with every jab. What more could you want from a pincushion?

Back in the day when we had the Sampler- These pincushions were on etsy's Top 100 items list. They used to be my top selling item.

This listing is for one pincushion.

Please note the size of the pincushions as stated above, these pincushions are small, 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) by 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm).

The second picture shows what the emery looks like. If you'd like to purchase just the emery to make your own pincushions, please check my shop to see it listed.

Please check my shop for a matching Pincushion Ring and Emery Pincushion Ring. I also have Emery Pincushions in different prints, larger Emery Pincushions and Emery Pincushions for the wrist.


Thanks for looking!

As always... handmade by me - Dotty.

Emery Pincushion / Pin Cushion - Keeps Pins Sharp - Black White Floral


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: emery, cotton, muslin
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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