Whoa! You can't favorite your own shop.

Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

Whoa! You can't favorite own item.

Whoa! You can't add your own item to a list.

Add this item to a treasury!

You don't have any treasuries yet. Enter a title below to create one.

This item has been added.

View your treasury.

This shop is taking a short break.

Want to know when they return?

Like this item?

Add it to your favorites to revisit it later.
Loose emery to fill pincushions. Keeps them sharp!

Are you familiar with the little strawberry that comes along with the famous tomato pincushion? Do you know the purpose of that strawberry? Well, for many years, I didn't. 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 household items like emery boards.

Years ago, I searched high and low for a larger emery pincushion with no luck, so I decided to make my own. My search for emery turned out to be another challenge. I finally found an industrial supply company that would sell it to me.

The emery I purchase is perfect for pincushions. Emery is available ground very fine to very coarse. This is the correct grade for pincushions.

I’ve been making and selling emery pincushions here on etsy since July 2006. These pincushions have become one of my best selling item. My Classic Emery Pincushions were even on Etsy’s Top 100 Items List (when we had it).

Well, I’m now offering the emery for sale so that you can make your own emery pincushions for yourself, to give as gifts, or to sell.

This listing is for 2 cups of emery. The pincushions pictured are not included in this listing.

The Classic Pincushions pictured measure approximately 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) by 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm). I use approximately 1/8 cup emery in each pincushion.

If you’d like a different quantity of emery, please check my shop.
I have listings for 1/2cup, 1 cup, 2 cups, and 3 cups. Orders of 2 cups or more are marked at a 20% discount.

Still not exactly the amount you’d like? Just contact me and I’ll put up a custom listing for you. Be sure to provide your zip code or country so I can give you a quote on shipping.

I suggest covering your pincushions twice with fabric. This will ensure that the emery doesn’t escape through seems or pinholes. I first make a muslin sack, fill that with emery, then cover it with a decorative fabric.

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

Again, the finished pincushions pictured are NOT included in this listing.

The 20% discount for 2 cups or more is already reflected in this listing price.

If you’d rather buy a pincushion, instead of making your own, please visit my shop to purchase one of my finished emery pincushions.

Thanks for looking!

Emery- 2 cups- Sand Powder for Pin Cushions - an abrasive that keeps pins sharp - make your own emery pincushions


  • Material: emery
  • Feedback: 1957 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Maryland, United States