Cross stitchers seem to like to bling up everything. Jewelry for the floss ring, fancy needle minders, expensive project bags. I’m not saying I won’t ever do that but, for now, it seems a bit frivolous to me. I did buy a few needle minders, thinking I’d have a cute one on all my projects. I have not been impressed with them. First, they do a fair job of holding the needles but for something like a needle, I prefer something that holds them 100% of the time and these do not. Second, I don’t know if you can see it in this picture but the back is sparkly.
More than once, that sparkly thing has attracted Boots and I didn’t realize he was messing with it til he’d already pulled it off and I was so afraid he had swallowed it. Luckily, he never did but any time I let him come upstairs, I take this thing off and stick it in a drawer.
Third, and not the fault of the needle minder, but why did I choose a hamburger? I love hamburgers and every time I look at that thing, I want to go get a good hamburger somewhere!
I’ve been sticking needles in the arm of the chair and have poked my arm a dozen times a day and ended up with needles stuck in my sleeves.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t invent this idea but it did pop into my head without seeing it anywhere. There’s an entertainment center right next to my chair. There’s a door that closes to hide the
entertainment equipment bags of cross stitching projects that are on the shelves.
I ordered these stick on magnetic strips from Amazon. There are 11 of them in the box (weird number, huh?). They’re 6″ long x 1″ wide according to the blurb on Amazon. I didn’t measure them. They are easy to cut with scissors.
I used a 3M Command hook and stuck it up on the inside of the entertainment center door.
After cutting one of the strips in half so I now have two 3″ x 1″ strips, I glued one strip to a piece of cardboard, punched a hole in the top of the cardboard so it would hang from the hook, and now I have a needle minder and a scissor holder that’s within each reach of my chair!
Not pretty. Not fancy but very useful and functional. I could easily cut the cardboard to be a nicer size (like perfectly square instead of wonky), cover it with pretty paper or just glue pretty paper to a piece of cut cardboard but . . this works for me, no one but me (and y’all) will ever see it and my arm won’t have needle holes, Boots won’t be swallowing a magnet and my carpet will not be full of needles falling from the other needle minder.