|Miss Bumble Pin Cushion|
What do you stuff a pin cushion with? Many of you use fiberfill. It is available, cheap, easy to use. BUT, the down side is that it is so lightweight, your pin cushion can be sent flying through the air with just a flick of the wrist! It does absolutely nothing for your pins and needles either! It is really difficult to stuff the cushion firmly enough with fiberfill to easily hold the pins and needles.
I've been working on a new pattern. It is a little bee pin cushion and will come as a kit. You will have the materials to make 2 pin cushions. Two little gift cards with a cute little verse will be included. While working on the design, I started thinking about stuffing. I was using cotton, which is okay, but still not perfect.
So I went on a search. What are other people using as filling for pin cushions? Here is what I found, in no particular order:
- 1. crushed walnut shells (sold in pet shops as bedding for reptiles)(This is what I am going to try, by the way.)
- 2. fine bird gravel
- 3. sand, fine not coarse
- 4. wool roving (the natural lanolin is good for your pins and needles)
- 5. hair from your hairbrush (the natural oil in the hair is good for pins and needles)
- 6. yellow split peas or lentils
- 7. dryer lint (Hmmmm....I don't have pets. This could work.)
- 8. steel wool
- 9. bran from a pet shop mixed with lavender (bran has natural oils and lavender has a good scent)
- 10. water softener rock salt
- 11. bar of soap (I've actually used one for pins before but you can't "stuff" a pin cushion with one!
- 12. polar fleece cut into tiny bits
- 13. smashed coffee beans
- 14. old ground coffee
- 15. pencil shavings (the graphite supposedly acts as a lubricant to your pins and needles) (Does it leave a residue or does graphite sift out???? I have no idea.)
- 16. fine sawdust, but not from pressure treated or exterior wood!
- 17. dry grass clippings
- 18. husks from oats, buckwheat or wheat
- 19. thread and fabric clippings
- 20. "raw" cotton (from the boll)
There are a few ideas that come to mind from historical accounts of mattress stuffing such as horsehair, feathers, straw, dandelion fluff and even Spanish moss!
I picked up a little pillow for a couple of dollars that is filled with little styrofoam pellets. I think that would work if stuffed tightly (although it wouldn't give the weight I would like.)
Notice that I am not endorsing any of these ideas. Some might work beautifully and some might make a mess! Some might need to be placed in an inner "bag" to keep dust from seeping out.
Are there any other ideas out there? What do you use?