However, I discovered the other day that nearly all my pins are blunt. Not just a little bit blunt but very blunt - one even buckled as I tried to force it into my pin cushion. I had read that if the inside of your pin cushion is steel wool, it will sharpen them every time you put one in or out. The time had very obviously come to make one.
- small packet of steel wool (available from hardware stores - just don't get the steel wool embedded with soap)
- Fabric for the top
- small piece of batting the same size as the fabric
- container to house your cushion (I had an oversized tea cup that had originally contained soaps from 'The Body Shop')
- Selection of blunt pins
The fabric I chose was a small square left over from my 'Going 'Round in Circles' quilt.
Construction1 & 2 Gather together everything you will need. I also chose to make a little espresso cup size cushion for my daughter.
3. Sandwich the fabric top and batting together and baste a running stitch around the edges to gather it in. Place your steel wool in the centre of the gather and then pull tight and secure. You can secure it with pins or with a few running stitches - the choice is yours.
4. Squeeze the cushion into the container. I chose not to glue or attached the cushion so I can re-use the cup at a later date. If you have a glue gun, a few dabs of glue in the bottom will hold it in place.
I must admit, it's a nice feeling knowing that my pins are now being sharpened AND I have been able to find a great use for a Christmas present.