I’ve become a complete convert to magnetic needle minders, also called stitcher’s magnets. Although I have some I’ve bought, my favorites are ones I’ve made myself. BUt why spend up to $20 to buy a magnet when you can so easily make ones that are unique?
You can easily adapt tutorials for making refrigerator magnets to one for stitcher’s magnets by just doing or replacing a few steps.
Here’s what you always need to do:
- Use rare earth or ceramic magnets instead of the craft magnets you find in stores. Those magnets are not strong enough. I buy mine on eBay (search for ceramic magnets).
- Objects that are more flat make better holders for needles because they stay on better.
- Use super glue or ES-6000 glue and follow the directions. You need a stronger glue to keep the decorative top on when there are two magnets.
- For each magnet you make you’ll need a non-decorated back. I put pairs of magnets with the fronts to assemble then I put the backs aside until the fronts have dried and cured.
- Don’t use paper or cardboard for the fronts unless you cover it (with glass) or put it in or on something (a bottle cap). It isn;t sturdy enough by itself.
There are several posts on this blog about making magnets. These are:
Here are other great tutorials I’ve found around the Web. Notes and modifications are after the link.
- Magnet Mania Tutorial – This post uses scrapbook paper and stamps to make a wonderful assortment of designs.
- Gemstone Magnets – Raid the craft store to make these.
- Foreign Coins – I’ve made earrings this way and charms, but isn’t this a cool idea?
- Scrabble Tiles – The wooden tiles can be hard-to-find, But consider the many plastic tiles or typewriter keys.
- Vintage Brooches and Pins – I also use old earrings (easier to find).
- Pantone Chip Magnets – You could also use paint chips this way for color-coordinated magnets
- Clock Faces – Take apart old watches and make magnets. You can also sometimes find assortments of these in craft and junk shops and sites.
- Bottle Cap Magnets – Use vintage and new bottle caps
- Tile Magnets – Use 1″ tiles instead of 2″ tiles and dress them up.
- Decorative Bottle Cap Magnets – Use the inside of caps to hold paper pictures or flattened flowers. Clear resin is suggested here, but you can also seal with glossy ModPodge
- Three Great Magnet Ideas – Lace-look, maps, and bottle cap images
If you have a great tutorial for making magnets or other stitcher’s tools, let me know in the comments. I’ve started a Pinterest board highlighting them.