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November 22, 2015

DIY Cute Needle Minders


I have always had a soft spot for embroidery, especially cross stitching, but had never given it a try before. It all changed when I bought a Mollie Makes magazine and got a beautiful cross stitch flower kit. I promised myself that flower would be my first attempt at cross stitching. They say it is never too late to try a new thing, right?

I started my new project last week, or at least I tried. Most of the time I spent looking for the needle, or trying to thread the needle.

Like my glasses, I have the terrible habit to put needles where I can't find them later.

I was about to give my new project up when one day, browsing for tutorials on the internet, I read about something completely new to me - a needle minder.
I've never seen, or heard about it before (remember, I'm so new to the embroidery world), and when I saw a super easy diy needle minder on youtube, I gathered all the supplies and had fun making my own pretty ones.


Make sure to buy strong magnets. You will need 2 magnets for each needle minder - one that is glued to the back of the cover button, and one that you put on the back side of your project to hold the minder.

I used Gorilla glue, but I believe any strong glue will do it.

The cover button kit I bought includes a round template to cut the fabric out, but I did not use it. I cut a 2x2 piece of paper and use it as my template.


Steps:
  • Center fabric, wrong side up, over the mold and press button shell into mold. Turn mold over and adjust fabric if image is not centered.
  • Tuck fabric into button shell.
  • Place back over tucked fabric and press down firmly with pusher to snap into place.
  • Glue a magnet to the back of the cover button.  


This diy caught my attention not only because it's easy and quick to make, and very useful when we are stitching, but the cover buttons can be used on inspiration (mood) boards as well, adding some whimsy to it. Don't you agree?


16 comments :

  1. Wow!!! CROSS stitching os a Kind of therapy for me...relaxing! I hope you have a good time stitching. 😊😊😊

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    1. I had a fun making it Andréa, but still so much to learn. I need to practice a lot if I want to stitch well.
      ps.: não repara, tá tão mal feito :(

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  2. Cute buttons/needle minders. I need to try making some

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    1. Thank you Jeifner. You should try and make some, it's fun to make it.

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  3. Quanta coisa linda... delicadeza e afeto!!! Adorei os imãs. Abraços, querida!

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    1. Muito obrigada querida Marion.

      Um ótimos final de semana pra você.

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  4. Such an amazing idea! I really loved it so much... And your all images are just gorgeous..
    Lots of love...

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    1. Thank you dear Ayda. You should try and make some for yourself too.

      Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. Hello dear Regina, what beautiful embroidery. Funny thing, I was also thinking of trying embroidery and I have in mind a cross stitch cushion cover. At the moment it is still an idea and I will have to work from a pattern but I thought it was a good idea for these long winter months when it's too cold to go outside. I love your idea of the needle minder, when I saw anything at all, I always find pins on the floor days afterwards! Have a lovely week. Sharon x

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    1. Hello Sharon, how are you?

      This is so easy to make Sharon and really helps to keep track of the needles and pins.

      It's my first embroidery (I haven't finish yet) and I am enjoying it a lot.

      Have a lovely weekend dear friend.

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  6. Oi, Regina! Eu A-M-E-I esse projeto! Eu também não conhecia essa ideia, só tinha visto aqueles em que você espeta a agulha. Muito fofo! Suas fotos, como sempre, maravilhosas!
    Beijos

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    1. Oi Rosa, tudo bem?

      Um projetinho fácil e que facilita muito mesmo, qdo vi essa idéia eu sabia que fazer uns pra mim.

      Obrigada querida e bom final de semana pra você.

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  7. A clever idea and beautiful also! I have never done anything like this so thank you for the idea!

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    1. Thank you so much Angela. It's simple and fun to make Angela.

      Hugs & kisses to you dear friend.

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  8. Oi?! Como você é abilidosa! Tá tudo tão lindo! Gosto muito do bordado em ponto cruz! Uma boa semana para você, beijos!

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    1. Muito obrigada Heloísa. Não sou tão habilidosa assim não, mas eu tento e não desisto :)

      Beijos e uma ótima semana pra você.

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