When I was working on an applique project I wanted to easily stow little applique pins as I worked around the project and found these instructions for a Thumb PinCushion. Thank you Annie for your great instructions. http://loopylace.com/anniescrazyworld/?p=709
The PinCushion has become a very handy thing for those projects with lots of pinning . . . matching fabric pattern at seams for quilt backs is one, laying out a tricky pattern on the design wall, and the pinning done to have half a chance of sewing a perfect point.
Just one thing to learn, insert long pins at an angle . . . it's not pleasant going straight in and sticking your thumb.
I haven't come up with a backing yet to keep the pins from poking through that still keeps the PinCushion comfortable. Leather?
Tip: To help keep pins and needles sharp, use steel wool for the stuffing of your pincushions.