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.
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! :)