First up is the pin cushion I received from Rebecca L.
It looks perfect with my Singer Featherweight sewing machine. And, I love that it is full of ground walnut shells. I prefer ground walnut shells or even sand over polyester fiber fill. The fiber fill will rust pins or needles in humid climates. For the most part I use my pins and cushions enough that I shouldn't have that problem but having the alternate fill means I don't have to think about it.
Here's a little felt lamb pin cushion I sent to Rebecca. This is the top. I used a poly wool felt for the green background and the little design. Hum, can't remember who designed the animal. If you would like to know just drop me a note and I'll look it up.
And here's what it looked like from the side. I used a matching cotton fabric. It was a bit of a trial and error event trying to get a decent sized pin cushion. The pattern called for a pretty flat cushion which didn't seem to make much sense to me. I USE my pin cushions. I too used the ground walnut shells. I put them in a muslin "bag" to keep them contained if the cushion popped a seam or some such thing.
I tried making a couple of cathedral windows pin cushions without great success. I will probable put a neat button on top of the more successful one and use it. My problem was mostly over stuffing the things!
This was a fun swap and I learned so much about making pin cushions! Hum, now do I want to make more? I found some needle point pieces that might make a great top for a pin cushion ... so I may keep trying. (I have no idea what I was thinking of when I did the needlepoint pieces! It was years and years ago!)