After I wrote my post a couple days back about my "quilty secrets" I got some comments from others about their secrets. When I read Joanne's, about holding pins in her mouth, I wanted to jump through my monitor screen and yell at her—DON'T DO THAT!! For many years I had that same habit of sticking pins in my mouth as I was pinning pieces together. It takes both hands to pin so it really is handy to have your pins in your mouth. But then I read THIS! Horrifying! I swore I would never stick another pin in my mouth.
It's a wrist pincushion. I think I had one back when I was in 4-H. Functional, but flimsy and cheap. Still, so handy when pinning. So I made my own.
More like a bracelet, made to fit my wrist. It is held on by a piece of elastic jewelry cord and a wooden bead. The cushion is made from multiple layers of felt, backed by a piece of flexible plastic so I don't poke the pin all the way through into my arm. All covered with fabric. Here it is waiting in a handy spot for when I need it.
So, Joanne, and all you other pin chewers out there, follow my example and make or buy a wrist pincushion and GET THOSE PINS OUT OF YOUR MOUTH! I mean it.