I bought a cute little sewing set the other day and found the pin cushion felt a little strange when I put pins into it. I soon realised the inside had been filled with paper. First off this is a great way to upcycle paper and it also meant the pin cushion was nice and hard and gripped the pins really well. Obviously you can't wash it but then, who washes their pincushion. If the idea of filling you pin cushion with paper doesn't turn you on, try stuffing it with fabric scraps, the really small ones you can't do anything with.