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Topic: Old mousepad & empty honey jars to pincushion with bobbin yarn container :D  (Read 4955 times)
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« on: February 20, 2008 07:56:04 AM »

I thought hard about where to post this, but really didn't find a place, so I hope it's okay here.
I've got to say that the idea was NOT originally mine. I saw that months ago somewhere on the internet, maybe even here, I can't recall it, I'm sorry. I did it a bit differently, though.
(if you want to know how, scroll down below picture. very easy indeed.)

I had two empty glasses I liked and actually wanted to do this to them for quite some time. But didn't find any rubber foam or however you call that in English. Then, after a while, I realised while plucking pins out of my mousepad where they regularly end up congregating for some reason I've yet to find out (ahem!), that a mousepad, cut up, would be a perfect pincushion. It's one of those very cheap ones, 50 ct at Ikea. Made of a thick layer of sponge rubber (?) and thin fabric on top, I think they're sold in black and white. The fabric came off mine long ago and I thought I might as well get a new one and do something with the old.
Okay... I don't want to bore you, so very quickly:

I took the jar lids and made three circles per jar on the mousepad and cut them up carefully. glued them together, one on top of the other, cut out a piece of fabric big enough to cover the mousepad-circle-pile completely and glued it to the bottom of the pile. Took a stripe of fabric, folded it twice so no lose ends would stick out, glued it around the pile and fabric (fixing it with a pin while it was getting dry). It would be much easier with hot glue, I guess, but I didn't have any. Then glue everything on top of the cap, et voila! Get your needles out of the wall, wood of the table, pick them up from the floor and remove those in the candleholder and stick them all in ;-)
In the smaller one I added some of this IKEA neon-color-net-thing you can get very cheap, too, in the kids department.

Hope I didn't bore you! Don't you love recycling?
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008 08:13:12 AM »

Love it, love it, love it!  I am on a mission to find jars and old mousepads!!  Thanks for sharing! Grin

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008 08:15:00 AM »

Awesome! I knew I had been collecting empty jars for some reason!

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008 08:34:51 AM »

That would make a great gift for almost any crafty person. Fill the jar with some emridery floss & a few neddles... cute gift!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008 08:39:09 AM »

This is such a neat idea! I have a couple of old mousepads kicking around, and I could use a pin cushion. Plus, there is the added bonus of having the jar to store random bits in- if you only knew how many times I have misplaced my package of hand-sewing needles *sigh*

What kind of glue did you use?

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008 08:41:53 AM »

this is a brilliant idea!

it would make a great gift. it would also cut back on the number of times i stab myself with my needles!

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008 08:46:16 AM »

what a nifty way to reuse mouse pad.....ideas going off.

Nice job.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2008 08:46:26 AM »

Lovely idea.
Theyd be great as a gift to fellow craftypeople
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008 08:54:49 AM »

great idea!
i've been collecting jars for my various sewing supplies.
now they can do double duty!
thanks for the inspiration!!!

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2008 08:57:41 AM »

That's a great idea! A combination between a bobbinholder and a pincushion. They look nice and workable. I just wonder.. Isn't it a bit annoying that the pincushion is higher than normally?

« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2008 10:25:53 AM »

*lol* my pins are in a candle holder Cheesy great idea!

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« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2008 10:56:48 AM »

that's so clever!well done  Cool

« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2008 11:44:51 AM »

Awesome idea, KeTing!  I need a pin cushion and misc. jar too. Smiley Thanks!

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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2008 06:06:32 AM »

What kind of glue did you use?
Just the cheap all-purpose-glue. But, as I said, it might be much easier with hot-glue. I had to be very patient with waiting while it was getting dry. Fabric glue might be another alternative.
I just wonder.. Isn't it a bit annoying that the pincushion is higher than normally?
Not if you're me. When I am sewing, everything flat on the table is hidden by heaps of fabric and other things. Those jars aren't, because they're so high. Plus, the extra weight of the jar makes them stand fast, they don't shift around like the normal pin cushion. I love it! But I guess not everybody would, so just try and see if you like it Smiley

Thank you all for your kind comments! Have fun with trying yourselves and do post photos! I was really afraid of twenty people writing " *yawn* why don't you post something new" ;-)

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« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2008 08:11:08 PM »

I saw this on Martha Stewart site once. But i was apprehensive if it'll look so good elsewhere.
U have inspired me to take it up as well!!

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« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2008 09:16:34 PM »

Cool. Inspire and be inspired, that's what craftsters is about, isn't it? Smiley

What I may add... even if the glue might take some time to dry, have patience and wait two or three days until using it. I just threw about 20 pins in the dustbin because they had glue at the tips and wouldn't work very well anymore. Wink

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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2008 12:32:10 PM »

Oooh, that is a good idea.  I must bookmark this.

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« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2008 10:42:35 AM »

I am bookmarking this idea. I always seem to loose my machine bobbins and this is a great idea to help keep things together! I'm also rockin it!
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2008 05:48:20 PM »

what a great idea. I plan on doing this.

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