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A handmade emery pincushion 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 it is. This pincushion measures approximately 2 1/2inches (6.35 cm) square.

It's covered twice. I wanted to be sure that the emery didn't escape through the seams or through pinholes made into the fabric. I first made a muslin pillow filled with emery, then covered that 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?

This listing is for one pincushion. If you would like to purchase more than one, just contact me.

The cotton fabric looks like fabric from the fifties. I love it. The colors are bright orange, chocolate brown, golden yellow, and ivory.

Your pincushion may not match the ones pictured exactly. The design placement is different on each one.

The last 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 more Emery Pincushions.

Thanks for looking!

Emery Pincushion / Pin Cushion - Keeps Pins Sharp - Retro Orange, Brown, Gold


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