If you are a quilter you might recognize these objects. They are Pinmoor quilting pin anchors and they are so great, but at about 19 bucks for 50 they are also pretty expensive. Especially when you typically need 300 or more for a lap quilt.
So it was time for an Internet search to see if there was a cheaper alternative. Nothing out there! But I did come across an idea some blogger had (sorry, I didn't save the site so I can't give her credit) to use poly foam caulk saver as a super cheap substitute.
Costing less than 4 bucks for a 20 foot long roll, caulk saver can be found at Lowes and Home Depot. From that roll I got 300 anchors. The same number of Pinmoors would set you back about $114! I just cut the roll into pieces (about 3/4 of an inch long) with regular scissors. It is made from closed cell foam and does a good job of gripping the straight pin.
Alright, now let's talk about the downside of the caulk foam version. It comes in one color, gray, so pretty it is not. Also the caulk foam is foam not silicone so obviously these will eventually breakdown, after maybe a hundred uses, so you will have to replace them at some point. The Pinmoors will last forever. The foam is also larger in diameter than the Pinmoors and I cut them longer than the Pinmoors. Why longer? The foam isn't as dense as silicone so the pins need that extra length to protect the point from going through and sticking me! So.....they take up more storage space. Final verdict? For me, none of the above really bothers me so I am definitely going to put off buying more Pinmoors for now and give these a try. If any of you try this idea let me know what you think.