I have decided to stick it to my friends this coming year. Just kidding, well no, not really.
I have decided to make pin cushions for every single man, woman and child I know.
What does that mean?
2017 will be……… the year of the pin cushion!
I know, right? You can feel the excitement, the enthusiasm. The air seems electric.
Would you like to know what brought this on?
I decided to make a beautiful pin cushion for a retirement gift. I have gathered the thread colors, the linen, antique buttons and the pattern. Next, I needed the filling.
Of course you already know that you can’t just stuff a pin cushion with fluffy fibers.
So, I went looking for crushed walnut shells. Yes, they are the perfect solution.
The weight of the crushed shells keep the pin cushion in place during use. Perfect reason number 2? The crushed walnut shell texture keeps the pins & needles sharp.
My local quilt shop has 4 ounce bags of shells for $7.00. Because I think I will need two bags to fill my pin cushion, It seems rather pricey for filling.
I should be able to do better. um.
Enter a national chain pet store. They sell crushed walnut shells for the flooring of desert dwelling animals.
So, I bought a 5 quart bag (weighs about 8 pounds) for $10.00.
Quite a bargain.
I was tickled to purchase such a HUGE bag, for such a good price.
Now, the trick is to make enough pin cushions for birthdays, retirement gifts, thinking of you surprises, just because gifts, a gift for the UPS man……… that my “fabulous” frugal buy ends up being well worth the money.
I am rather puffed up about my great find.
I am anxious to begin stitching & filling.
However, if this blog post encourages your creative juices and you too, want to make beautiful pin cushions……….
I will gladly share the bounty. Seems there is enough for everyone and then some.
In this together, friends.
PS. please act surprised when you receive your pin cushion next year. “Oh gee, I wonder what she filled it with?”