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A handmade red and white mushroom emery pincushion! So cute and functional!

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. I found an industrial supply company that would sell emery to me. The rest is history.

Here’s my newest emery pincushion design.

This pincushion is made from red and white fleece. The red top is filled with emery. Nothing else. As always, it's covered twice to keep that emery secure inside. The stem is wood covered in white/cream fleece. The base is wood covered in cork. I added that base to make sure that the pincushion is stable while you're adding and removing pins. The emery-filled top is quite heavy so it needed that extra stability to make it super functional.

It's all hand sewn. No glue is used.

This listing is for ONE pincushion.

As you can see in the photos, no two are exactly alike. You may not receive one of the exact pincushions in the photos. Yours will look very much like them though. The spots will probably be the only noticeable difference. They're all cut free-hand.

Each mushroom measures approximately 3 inches (8 cm) tall. The red mushroom top is approximately 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) across.

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?

If you would like to see what emery looks like, you can see it here...

Please check my shop for more Emery Pincushions and Pincushion Rings.


Thanks for looking!

Emery Pincushion / Pin Cushion - Mushroom - Red with White Spots


  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: emery, pincushion, fleece
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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