I've made a number of pin cushions from simple cloth to the ornate teacups variety. But I really like the gritty stuffing in the plain old traditional tomato pin cushions. I am convinced that gritty texture keeps my pins sharp. Unfortunately the tomato pin cushions are so light weight that picking out a pin sometimes resulted in picking up the entire pin cushion, too. I also have a near obsession for scented candles, so I had a few left-over glass tops from jar candles sitting around my sewing room. Hmmmm.....Voila! My new favorite pin cushion was born.
I used a hot glue gun around the rim of the inverted candle top and sat the lovely but lightweight, store-bought pin cushion on top. It kind of spins if it is sitting on a wood surface, but I like that. It prevents me from sticking all the pins in one area. You could put some felt or silicon cushions on the bottom if you didn't want the spinning.
Wandering into a Yankee Candle shop can be an expensive trip for me. Their vanilla lime scent is my new favorite. Adirondack Candles has some amazing scents as well, and they last forever. Their Adirondack Lodge scented candle is on my permanent wish list. Adirondack candles are harder to find, but you can check them out online here.