So, I was reading a book (early 1900s) and it mentioned things needed in your sewing basket. One item, I had never heard of: an Emory bag. So, Google to the rescue. For those who may not know (like me) the book was basically referring to a pincushion. Today, anyone who grew up sewing or watching anyone sew and probably touches a small version of an Emory bag: do you remember the tomato pincushions with the strawberry dangling from the top? That strawberry was filled with Emory sand. It is for keeping the pins and needles sharp.
And The Sewing Loft has a lot of links to various designs!