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.
- 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?