I just finished telling Debbie, in an email, that pincushions are one of those things I just won't make because of the "what do you fill it with?" dilemma. But then I saw Lucy's pincushion (scroll down a ways in the post to see it), which led me to this tutorial at Ellison Lane Quilts, and I was sucked in! Jennifer suggested crushed walnut shells as a filler in the tutorial, which believe it or not is sold at pet stores for lizard litter (!!), which I had every intention of looking for but eventually realized that at this time of December, do I really want to be going into any store when I don't have to? I don't think so! So I ended up using uncooked rice, which I think worked fairly well in the end. I stuffed it pretty full, which I think helps as well. My plan also was to go around the edges and do a top stitch around just to secure it all a bit more, but with how full I stuffed it, it just wouldn't have been feasible on the sewing machine so instead I took some Perle Cotton embroidery floss and did a neat little blanket stitch. The jury is still out on how well it will actually work as a pincushion, so I'm not getting rid of my pink tomato yet, and I'm not sure how I feel about the raw edges of the patches, but it's cute for sure.