Sunday, June 26, 2016

Be careful...

I learned an important lesson this weekend... if you are a quilter, be careful about taking a non-quilter to the vendor tables at a quilt show. At the Vermont Quilt Festival this weekend, my mom found a flannel quilt kit that she had to have and now I have another project on my 'to do' list. :p 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Hexie magnetic needle minder

I love useful little sewing gadgets... I have a weakness for the notions section of a fabric store. I love any little thingamabob that promises to make my sewing life easier, better, more organized. They aren't always necessary... but I love them just the same.

A year or two ago I had come across a tutorial for an adorable little flying squirrel needle minder and had bookmarked it for future reference. At the time I wasn't really doing a lot of needlework or hand sewing, so I didn't get around to making one until now. Since I do most of my quilt binding by hand, and the binding I do mostly while sitting on the couch watching tv, I have learned the extreme importance of keeping close track of all small sharp objects. It only takes sitting on a needle one time to learn that lesson ;)

While the flying squirrel is indeed cute, I've had hexies on the brain lately so decided to go with a nice simple little hexagon instead.

The supplies were quite simple... I used some felt I had on hand from last year's christmas ornament making frenzy, a small neodymium magnet that I had salvaged from a box closure, some glue and thread and a bar pin to attach it to. I simply cut out two hexagons from the felt, glued the magnet to one of the hexagons and sewed it to the bar pin. I then sandwiched it with the other hexagon, hand-sewing around the edges to secure it.

And there you go... a pinnable magnetic needle minder to keep track of your needle, pins, even small scissors or metal thimble. I went with a pin back rather than a two-layer magnet as the tutorial suggests, but that is just personal preference (plus I had some pins laying around waiting to be used). If you don't want to use a pin, you can always just use a second magnet or you could use a metal snap clip instead. The options are endless! Heck, I might even make myself a few more! :)