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Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles

This week I’m on vacation. While I’m gone I’m showing off my new super-tidy sewing room, and sharing my solutions to some common craft supply storage challenges. On Tuesday I shared how I store and organize all my favorite sewing tools. On Wednesday I showed you my embroidery thread. Yesterday I showed how I store all my fabric – including scraps. Today we’re talking pins and needles. 🙂

I have three pincushions I use all the time. I keep one at my sewing machine, one at my ironing board, and one at my work table. The ones at my ironing board and work table tends to empty as I work, and the one by the sewing machine tends to fill up, so I just switch full ones for empty ones as needed. And by having several pincushions at all the places I pin and unpin, I’m never looking for pins or letting them pile up on the table.

There are a lot of super cute pincushion patterns out there, but I love the look of these – and they’re very functional. There’s a free pattern for this pincushion here.

The needle cushions are another of my favorite things. I keep one with commonly used needles at my work table, one with weird needles at my sewing table, and another one with commonly used needles downstairs by the sofa where I do a lot of hand work.

I used to have a bad habit of sticking needles into the arm of the sofa (and leaving them there), sticking needles into my clothing (and leaving them there) and occasionally mistaking my thigh for the arm of the sofa and sticking them there. No more!

These needle cushions are great because they have a hard bottom so the needles can’t disappear inside them. There’s a free pattern to make them here.

And that’s it! My favorite solutions for common craft supply storage issues. I hope you enjoyed the tour through my studio this week! I’m back from vacation on Monday and I can’t wait to get to work in my awesomely tidy space!

Have a great weekend!

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  1. C.J. SAYS...

    Hi Wendy,
    Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed seeing your sewing room, I feels like I’ve actually visited it 🙂
    And even though it’s a bit late; Happy New Year!

    • C.J. SAYS...

      Ahem, sorry about the typo. What I meant to say was: “it feels like I’ve actually visited it”.
      (Just in case the grammar police patrols your neck of the woods 😉 )

  2. I’m definitely making a needle cushion (or three!) this weekend. I never thought of doing that before, and I contantly lose needles. It’s not so much fun finding a surprise needle in the laundry because I stuck a needle through my sleeve and then forgot about it and tossed it in the laundry hamper. And my favorite pincushion eats needles like crazy!