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The August/September 2005 issue of Threads (#120) shows some pincushions that aren't the usual tomato shape. The handbag pincushion (picture attached) made me laugh, and I'd like to make a few as gifts.
What kind of fabric is appropriate for the outside of a pincushion? Does it have to be a nonwoven fabric, to hold the shape when the stuffing is put in? I'm guessing that the black trim is felt or leather, otherwise the scalloped edges would fray.
Tomato pincushions used to come with a strawberry-shaped bag that was filled with emery, for sharpening needles. It never seemed to do much good, though; sometimes the needles were too roughened to use anymore. Do sewers still use emery-sharpened needles?