Sunday, October 12, 2008

Molly Keeps Me on Pins and Needles



I was reading a blog post today at Molly's Place and she is making up all of these cute pincushions (which; by the way, you cannot have too many of.) It made me think of sharing this thing that I do with some of my hand-type projects. I load up on pencil boxes every year from back-to-school sales when you can get them for 50 cents a piece. Then, I put a block that I am working on in each one making sure that I have everything that I need in it. I put thread on bobbins so that I don't have to carry around whole spools. I put a pair of scissors in each one that I am working on (sometimes 6 at a time!). A mechanical pencil, needles and pins. Since pincushions are usually so big, I make up the soda-pop bottle cap ones like you see above. It is big enough to hold the pins and needles that I need and small enough that it fits in the box. My plan is to put a Velcro tab on the inside of the box, and the bottom of the pincushion so that it stays put when I am working on my blocks. These boxes are great for crazy quilting (all quilting is), applique', Dear Jane blocks, or embroidery. I keep one of these boxes in my car for those times when I am waiting in line at the bank, or when Connor falls asleep in his car seat and I don't dare wake him up or move him, or when I go to Dr.'s offices, restaurants, etc. where I am forced to wait. I keep one at home just sitting out so that I can grab it when I get a 5 minute break. Anyway...that is my little idea. And if you want to make those pincushions...go to Molly's blog and check hers out because they are a thousand times more beautiful than mine! She already has me running around my house rounding up every cap I can find so that I can give mine a face lift. Gotta keep up with the Jones' you know.

5 comments:

StitchinByTheLake said...

That's a great idea - wish I had thought of it this fall when they were on sale but I'll remember it next year. blessings, marlene

cq4fun said...

Super idea. I will try the dollar store, too, since it's the wrong time of year. It would make good packaging for a secret pal gift, too!

MOLLY said...

HEY THANKS!! NEVER HAD A POST NAMED AFTER ME!! JUST FINISHED ANOTHER ONE--CHECK IT OUT NOW!!
btw THIS IS A GREAT GREAT IDEA AND I WILL HEAD TO THE $ STORE TOMORROW TO FIX MYSELF A PINCUSHION TAKE EM WITH ME BOX.
(and I also need Velcro dots)

Back in the Day said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it with us! I am going to try to find some pouches!

Kathy said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me! What a wonderful idea. I think I'll tell all my friends and everyone that I meet that "I" thought of this!!!! Just kidding. Thanks for helping us ole, crazy and wacky quilters with new ideas.