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Wednesday 11 April 2012

My Needle Nanny

A little while ago, I was at my Tuesday Sewing Group and one of the ladies had the most gorgeous little Wedgewood ornament in her sewing basket.  I asked her what it was and she showed me that her needle sticks to it....a Needle Nanny....while she puts her needle down to cut her thread.  It really was very pretty and I would really like one too.

Wedgewood look-a-likes

So what do you do when you can't find what you are looking for? You make it yourself, of course. I found these delightful ... er ... doodads.... not sure what else to call them,  at the Scrapbooking Show last year and have been on the lookout for some magnets ever since so I can complete the project. It is so difficult to find craft supplies anymore unless it is on the internet and then you have to include postage.  Anyway, I have only just found the magnets locally but....oh no....they are too big for my look-a-like Wedgewood embellishments (yea, that sounds better than doodads).

Nevermind, because I have this lovely big button so why not put it to use.

Ok, here is what I am using to make my Needle Nanny or Needle Minder, if you prefer. A big button, a strong magnet, some string and a strong glue.
 Voila! My very own Needle Nanny (the string was for the buttonholes which i have to put something through or it looks unfinished to me.)

As you can see the needle stays nicely in place

next to a 50c piece to see the size of my button.

I think it is kinda pretty....now to find magnets to fit the "Wedgewood" ones.


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  1. Ooooh, I LOVE this idea!!! I am going to have to search for the perfect 'doodad' and when I find it, I will post it on my blog and link it back here if you don't mind. I love, love, love, love it! P.S. I have the same button! LOL

  2. Oh I need one of these , I am constantly loosing my needles and that is not a good thing. Hmm will have to see if I have an magnets hanging around and a large button , thanks for this idea . hugs Sheila

  3. thats a great idea Cath, Your button is very pretty

  4. What a great idea, I'm going to make myself a needle nanny too.

  5. what a cute idea. I keep losing needles .. until I find them with my bare feet.

  6. Fabulous idea - I hope you do not mind if I copy your idea. I have lots of buttons to choose from, and these would make great gifts for my sewing friends

  7. Great idea! Im constantly losing needles. And I agree that they would make fantastic gifts for sewing friends. Thanks for showing us this nifty little invention!

  8. Well I had not heard of a Needle Nanny, and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea at The Mother Lode linky party over at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  9. What a clever and attractive idea! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love the idea of a Needle Nanny! But—I didn't recognize the coin! Had to read about you to find out what country you live in!

  11. Such a clever idea and so easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi!!! That is sew cute and would be sew good to have one!!!!! Thank You!!!! I will make me one!!1


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