Terrific Tip Tuesday: Crushed Walnut Shells

Pincushions are one of my favorite things to make! They make great gifts for other sewists and they’re little works of art. I stuff my pinnies with Crushed Walnut Shells. These things have potential for a giant mess! I put them in a freezer ziploc and cut off the tip and feed that into a small funnel. 

Supposedly they sharpen your pins and prevent them from rusting. (A quick google search led to little prof of this, but lots of folks mentioning it. Could be fact…could be sewing legend.) But I can say that my pins seem sharp and they don’t rust. But the real bonus is that they give your pincushion some weight. It doesn’t move away as you put in a pin and can double as a pattern weight. I stuff the pincushion as full as possible because over time, it will smash tighter and leave space inside the pincushion. When I’m finished, I tape the open ending shut. I store it inside TWO more ziplocs. Trust me, one tiny hole and they’re everywhere.
I buy my crushed shells at Petsmart.  They’re lizard bedding and unfortunately only come in ten and twenty five pound bags. Some local quilt shops are now selling small packages, including a lavender scented option that I know is available at Studio Stitch in Greensboro. The shells from Petsmart do not smell like lavender:( 

xo LC

6 thoughts on “Terrific Tip Tuesday: Crushed Walnut Shells

  1. Maybe you could just drop several drops of lavender or whatever essential oils you fancy onto the shells you put through the funnel. :)

  2. Fabulous tip! Recently I have been pinning Pin Cushions like crazy. In the past, I just never really paid any attention to them and never considered making my own. I saw one pattern awhile ago and I am hooked big time! Thank you for sharing the information of where to buy them, I would never have thought at a pet store. But will sure be watching for them now. Have a wonderful creative day!

  3. I have used the crushed walnut shells for pin cushions and found they make my pins sticky and dull. If I use them again, I will use steel wool on the top of the pin cushion and the walnut shells under for weight. Best wishes!

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