I have such a fun project for you stitchers today!! And a confession. I have a terrible habit of putting my needle through my embroidery fabric when I’m not working on it. Do you do that too? It makes little holes in your fabric! Most of the time I can smooth those away, but I really want to cure myself of that.
These little DIY Magnetic Needle Minders are the perfect solution!
The needle minder uses two magnets – one that is glued to the pretty front piece and a loose one that you put on the back side of your project, to hold the needle minder in place on the front. No damage to the fabric! Then you can just rest your needle on the little button and the magnet holds it in place. Boom. Magic!
I might also have gotten carried away making these. But I had so much fun stitching up some and fussy cutting even more, and I ended up making what feels like a lot. :)
And this is maybe the easiest tutorial ever!
How to Make DIY Magnetic Needle Minders:
- 1″ Covered Buttons pieces
- Hot Glue
- 2 Magnets (per minder)
- Embroidery Thread/Needle/Hoop
If you are going to make embroidered covers, do that first. Trace the face of the covered button and embroider your phrase inside the circle. Using silly phrases or plays on 90’s rap songs is entirely optional but highly recommended. Trim around the embroidery so you have about an extra 1/2″ all the way around.
Remove the shank from the back piece of the button.
If you have the button covering kits, assemble the buttons using the little tools that come with the kits. I don’t have those in this size. If you don’t either, use hot glue along the inside of the button cover and wrap the fabric tightly around the button. Pull the fabric a bit as needed to keep the little folds along the edge as small as possible.
Glue the button back in place and glue a small magnet to the back. Make sure you double check the polarity of your magnets – make sure they work together, then glue the opposite side of one of them to the back of the needle minder.
Get carried away and make a bazillion more, because they are so much fun.
Now we have cute ways to keep our needles out of the fabric – or off the floor!! Aren’t they fun?
I hope you give them a try!