Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Hanging Heart for Needles

I don't know about you but I find sewing needles ridiculously easy to lose.  Where do they go?


So I came up with a stupidly-easy-to-make place to stash them, which (I think) also happens to be quite pretty.

Then I hung it on the wall by my sewing machine.  It's the little heart on the right:



In case you might want to do something similar, I've put together a quick tutorial.  This is so quick to make, you could have it done in 10 minutes.  Seriously!  It was that quick to make that I forgot to take step-by-step photos, but I really don't think you'll need them.

You'll need:

Felt in two colours (I used red and pale blue)
Tape, ribbon or string (mine was recycled from something long-ago-forgotten)
Sewing thread (contrasting , mine is black)
A button (optional)

This is how to make your needle hanger:

Cut out two hearts in the backing felt (red)
Cut out one (slightly smaller) heart in the contrasting colour (pale blue)



Layer the hearts on top of each other. Stitch the three hearts together, with the raw edges of the tape/ribbon tucked in the top edge between the two backing hearts, making a loop for hanging.

To create the sketchy outlined feel, stitch three times using black thread and don't be too precise - it's the little wobbles that help create the sketchiness!



That's it, really.  You could add a button to pretty it up.


Hang it next to your sewing machine and you are more likely to remember where you stashed that needle!  In fact, if you are anything like me, this visual (and easily accessible) reminder makes it more likely that you will actually use it and not leave your needles lying around...


If you like the idea of somewhere pretty to stash your scissors, too, here's the tutorial for the heart-shaped scissor keeper just in case you missed it first time around.

11 comments:

Mandy said...

such fab little project, thank you for sharing. Your hearts look lovely hanging there together.

mckinkle said...

Gorgeous makes and SO useful!
Keryn x

Lucy Blossom said...

A great idea! I'm always losing my needles, and I don't like leaving them on the pincushion because my daughter plays with the pins.

Emma Made said...

This is a really good idea! I don't know what it is about needles - I even lose yarn needles which really are far to big to be going about losing! x

Emma Made said...

This is a really good idea! I don't know what it is about needles - I even lose yarn needles which really are far to big to be going about losing! x

Natalie Jones said...

What a great idea! And perfect to go alongside your scissor holder.

Helen said...

Fab idea x looks great as well :)

Stephen said...

This will be so useful for me. I need somewhere safe to put my needles.

Fan said...

So easy! So cute!

Hannah Smith said...

Hi, Would you mind if I featured this tutorial on a sewing community blog I am in the midst of setting up where I will be sharing tutorials and craft ideas? It will consist of sharing an image and providing a link back to your original post.
Thanks
Hannah Smith

buttons and paint... said...

How lovely & such a great idea for keeping those pesky needles safe in one place! We've featured this on our heart crafts round up (with a link back to you)x

http://buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/heart-crafts.html