Did you know.... The top of the tomato pin cushion is there to sharpen your hand sewing needles by pushing in and out to get any burs off? I don't think it really works but that's what it's there for.
Do you know why it's in the shape of a tomato?
People used to believe that placing a ripe tomato on the mantel when first entering a new home guaranteed future prosperity. Since tomatoes were not available year-round until recently, families moving into new homes often substituted round balls of red fabric stuffed with sawdust or sand. These balls were also used as pincushions, which explains--if you ever wondered--why your grandmother's pincushion looked like a tomato.
Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,