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.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Emery-Pincushion—Keeps-pins-and-needles-sharp—/?ALLSTEPS

http://www.amazon.com/Emery-Sand-Powder-Fill-Cushions/dp/B00ADPI4TQ

https://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/2012/10/in-for-a-pinnie-in-for-a-poundie.html

https://lavieenrosie.typepad.com/lavieenrosie/2012/10/stuffus-pinnius-.html

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crafts-and-nature/potted-pincushion.aspx

And The Sewing Loft has a lot of links to various designs!

https://thesewingloftblog.com/?s=pin+cushion

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