Mar 2, 2011

My friend the magnet

pin dishesWe’ve all seen this awesome idea to add magnets to the underside of a pin dish…well, it works great for me too. 

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I also use magnets in other ways for sewing... I put a couple of them in the lid of my take-along Klosje project tin.  They keep my thread bobbin, needles and scissors nice and neat. 

 

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There’s a little magnet under this yellow pocket of fabric that I stitched to the inside wall of my applique bag.  I never have to fumble around for my scissors and risk getting poked because I know right where they are.  And its so easy to put them back into place.

 

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Another tin with a magnet for my applique bag.  Where it’s metal, I don’t even have to glue it down. 

 

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This yellow plastic flower sticks to the lamp post by my work table thanks to a magnet I glued on the back.  I use it as a handy place to rest spare needles. 

 

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And I’m thinking a button would work too…how cute would these be!

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14 comments:

Barb said...

So clever....

The Hodsons said...

Ingenious!!! Oh, and I especially love those cute little yellow dishes at the top of this post :)

Helen said...

I agree with 'the hodsons' ingenious. Will have to apply this idee, but first buy some magnets ;)

Karin said...

Thats great ideas!!! I recently bought a magnetic bowl for my workshop, when I unpacked it I tought that I should´ve get a second on for my sewing room - but yours are sooo much better looking!

Karin said...

so cute! I have a great small bowl that would be a good pin-catcher - where do you find these magnets? They must be extra strong to be strong through ceramic?

Stephanie said...

Clever, cute, useful...I want one of each!!!

Sue said...

These magnet ideas are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome ideas. I am going to throw away my ugly purchased round "thingys" now and make some cute ones. Love the lamp post idea too.

Shelley

Tricia said...

Next time I visit, I'm going to look for a magnet on a lamp, LOL!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Good ideas. And so cute!

Linda said...

Great ideas!!

ranette said...

Fantastic idea! I've been poked with a needle or the scissors one too many times lately. I'm going to buy magnets today! Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Many years ago I tried the magnet idea for pins but found that when I picked up one pin it formed a chain of pins, they magnetized each other! I have a large floor quilt frame for my hand quilting and in order to keep track of my needle, I used a decorative button, glued a strong (it has to magnetize through a quilt sandwich) magnet to the back of it, place magnet under my quilt and place my needle onto it. This works like a dream for when you have to leave work in an embroidery hoop also, I haven't lost a needle on our grey rug since making them and I gift them to my friends who use them all the time. Thanks for the time and talent you share, Sue.

Tarnyia said...

Such a great and clever idea especially the lamp magnet xxx

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