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Pin Cushions vs Pin Bowls

I have a confession to make, I hate pin cushions! I started out using a pin cushion, one of the traditional tomato ones, but I find it cumbersome. I find that it takes way to much thought when I am removing pins as I am sewing to get the pin stuck back in the cushion. Does anyone else share my problem?

I solved my pin cushion aversion by picking up a magnetic pin tray from a LQS, but it was ugly and bulky. Basically, it was not something that I was happy looking at every day. So I made one myself.


This is something that makes me happy and I am not embarrassed to leave it out on the table at the end of the day. I picked up a pretty bowl at Target along with some superglue and ordered some super strong magnets online. This bowl is tiny so I only used one magnet.


After few minutes of holding the magnet in place while the glue dried, I had a functional, pretty pin dish. It is much easier to toss the pins into the bowl as I am stitching away.

How about you? Are you a fan of the pin cushion, a pin bowl, or do you have some other system for keeping track of your pins?

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