I believe pincushions should be pretty as they are functional. Nothing fussy or overly complicated, they are meant to be enjoyed AND used. My handmade felt buttons that adorn most tops are a great place for your favorite needles as they wont push through (try doing that with a ordinary button).
All my pincushions are made using Kunin Rainbow Classic “Ecospun” felt, a 100% post-consumer recycled product made from used plastic soda bottles. Many people use wool, but I find I have a much wider color palette (50+ colors) with the synthetics – and unlike wool it’s non-allergic. I am a Kunin featured designer.
I’m still working on this site for a few days, so the ETSY button will take you to my store in the meantime.