I'm still pretty new to sewing. The pincushion I have is the traditional tomato with a strawberry attached to it. (I just found out that the strawberry is filled with emery, to sharpen your pins with - I'd always wondered about that). So the other day, I was searching for a needle for a little bit of hand sewing. Where the heck were all my needles? Inside the pincushion. I took out all of my pins and started pushing into the cushion. I found a dozen needles trapped inside. So now, I'm thinking I need a different pin cushion, one where the needles don't get lost. I did a little google search and found out that this a big thing in the sewing world. There are all sorts of really cute little pincushions out there. I'm a little overwhelmed at the possibilities, but inspired all the same. I'll let you know what I come up with.