Needing a needle minder for your hand project? Here are a few easy ideas – plus a bonus yarn threader idea.
I recently started doing counted cross stitch again – namely for making biscornu. After perusing Pinterest and cross stitch tutorials, having a needle minder (or needle keeper) sounded like a good idea to keep threaded needles handy.
I experimented with ceramic and neodymium magnets, domed and flat covered buttons, charms, buttons, and bottle caps. E6000 was my glue of choice based on my own experience and several online recommendations.
The ceramic and neodymium magnets are small. I wanted a decorative way to make the magnets on the back easy to handle and find if dropped – and less likely to be swallowed by young children. Sandwiching a magnet between two layers of white glitter craft tape provided the answer. After tracing the butterfly shape centered on the sandwiched magnet…
I cut out the shape – and used E6000 to glue a magnet to the back of the charm. Since the white tape shape is reversible, it was not necessary to pay attention to which side was attracted the magnet on the charm – either side worked!
I followed the same process to make a few unicorn needle minders. The unicorn buttons had a flat back, but a shank could be trimmed off. Even buttons with holes can be used although the magnet may show through the holes.
The butterfly and unicorn magnets were easy to make and both held needles fine.
I experimented with different magnets. In general, the ceramic magnets were too thick to use on the needle minders and to sandwich between layers of white glitter craft tape. Switching to neodymium magnets, I started with The Magnet Source Super Neodymium Magnet Discs 5/8″ and 1/2″. These are thin and very strong! If not placed far enough apart, they will fly toward each other and be hard to separate. Some had adhesive layers which I scraped off so the E6000 could stick to the magnet.
The BasicGrey Magnetic Snaps Large and Small became my favorites. They are also thin and strong, but easier to work with. The Large size seemed to work best for most of the needle minders, except the Small were needed for 5 of the 6 butterflies due to size.
I made some needle minders with covered buttons.
Note: Be careful to figure out which sides of the magnets are attracted to each and glue them in accordingly.
The 1-1/8″ domed ones use a the tool, included in the kit, to push and secure a round back over the fabric. There is also a template for cutting the fabric circle. Since the magnets can be strong enough to pull out the metal piece, I applied E6000 under the back as well as to adhere the magnet. The 7/8″ flat back covered buttons do not require a tool.
The third method makes a pincushion type of needle minder. I traced a 1-1/8″ circle centered on the magnet sandwiched between the glitter tape.
The pincushion is my preferred needle minder.
It is handy for keeping threaded needles while doing counted cross stitch.
Another handy discovery is that if you put a yarn threader between two covered buttons, it is much easier to find and handle for threading tapestry needles.
But, do you know what needle minders do best?
They stick together!