I love needle threaders because they make my stitching life easier. But I don’t love how easy they are to lose. It’s great that it’s so easy to make a fob for your threaders; in the picture, you see some examples.
The most important thing to remember about these fobs is that your minders must have holes. If there are no holes or if the threader breaks, you are back to losing them. The white rectangular threader is one that broke and lost its fob. I had to dig it out of a project bag.
The simplest fob is on the right. Just take a length of single-strand thread at least a foot long (it can be longer). Put it through the hole and tie the ends. This fob works best when the thread colors for your project are wildly different. Then the fob thread really stands out. I’ve used this threader for ages and it ong leash helps me easily find it.
The middle fob has an adaptation of an idea from my friend Vicki. She uses scissors fobs on her minders. Instead, I bought knitting needle counters, but decorative zipper pulls also work. Just be sure they have rings that open, not all do, or lobster claps. I like the cheery enamel designs that add a nice decorative touch. I’ve found these on Etsy.
The last fob is on a green Clover threader and is from Merry L. It has a short beaded fob. it also has a lobster clasp so you can attach it to your scissors. To make these you’ll want an eye pin two inches long, beads, and optionally, a charm and a lobster clasp. Put on the beads ending with the lobster clasp. Leave about 1/4″ free at the end. Thread the free end through the hole and turn it with jewelry pliers, making it secure. If you like, ad the charm to the eye end.
This fob requires some knowledge of jewelry techniques and is definitely worth buying. I love mine and use it more than my other threaders. In any case making your own threader fobs makes them easier to find and adds some prettiness to your tools.