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« on: January 18, 2015 05:53:27 PM »

If you are anything like me then you lose your needle no less than 100 times per stitching session. It's been a source of constant frustration for me in the past. Last week I discovered a wonderful little creation called a needle minder:

 It sits on your fabric and looks adorable, and also holds your needle when you aren't using it! I'm sure many of you hardcore needle-crafters already know about these, but I figured there might be some others out there who haven't heard Smiley

Luckily it's super easy to make your own. Here are the supplies you will need to make a felt needle minder:

Wool Felt (I get mine on Etsy)
Embroidery floss
Embroidery needle
Small ceramic magnets
Ballpoint pen

First I cut a piece of felt to an appropriate size for my magnet, making sure to leave a large enough seam allowance for stitching up. Then also a back piece.

Then using the ballpoint pen I drew my design directly onto my felt.

Then I stitched my design. You could also use fabric paints or pens!

Okay, I'm all done! Man, that was fast  Wink

Now it's time to stitch it together! I used a blanket all the way around stopping to leave about a 3/4 - 1 inch opening like this:

And then I popped one magnet inside the opening and continued stitching until I came to the end. Then you need a second magnet like this:

To use the needle minder take the back magnet off and place it behind your fabric. Then set your needle minder on top of the fabric and let the power of magnetism do all the work!

Now enjoy your stitching knowing that you won't drop your needle into the couch or shaggy rug a billion times. This is my first tute so I apologize if it's lacking. If further explanation is needed, just ask. And if you need help with the blanket stitch I highly recommend YouTube. It's one of those things you really need to see demonstrated Smiley Enjoy!


« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2015 06:40:58 PM »

I've been stitching for years and have never heard of these - thanks for sharing!!  I think your tutorial is wonderful and this is definitely something I'm going to make.  No more lacing my needle through the canvas so I don't lose it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2015 07:08:43 PM »

This is genius. Thanks for introducing me to needle minders; yours are fantastic! Thank you also for sharing a tute. Love them!

« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015 03:57:26 AM »

Really cute! Great idea!

« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015 04:47:37 AM »

I'm not sure how hardcore I am but I've never heard of them either.  Now the trick will be for me to remember to set the needle on the needle minder.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2015 05:34:21 AM »

I am going to make one soon, thanks for the tutorial!
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2015 07:02:29 AM »

Yay I'm so glad you all like it! Thanks for the nice comments Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2015 07:08:21 AM »

I can't wait to try this - thanks for the great tutorial!
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2015 08:07:32 AM »

Oh my goodness! This is so adorable. I LOVE needle minders.

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