Saturday, May 14, 2011

Magnet Minder

For many years, I have been trying to figure out a way to store my many magnets.  As they are indispensible for stitching and I often have several going at once, I have a LOT of magnets!  Of course, they often end up in a pile of magnets which are very hard to separate!  Well, here is my solution:  The Magnet Minder.  The idea hit me a couple of weeks ago and I finally got it made up.  I think I'm liking it!

Here's how to make one, if any of you are interested.
(Sorry about the pix. I couldn't get them to arrange any better.)

Materials List
Fusible Bonding Web
Ribbon – Twice the desired length
Ring big enough for ribbon to go through without wrinkling

My ribbon is grosgrain, 1-1/2” wide, about 50” long
Ring is 3” diameter

Fold the ribbon in half & turn under the ends.  Press.
Run the ribbon through the ring, match up the ends. Pin together at the top just below the ring.
Cut fusible web to fit between the two pieces of ribbon, from the pin to the bottom. Fuse the pieces together, following manufacturers directions.

I added a couple of decorative buttons just because I saw them in the store & thought they were cool!
Hang on the wall and place magnets, one in back, one in front! 
Please do not hang your Magnet Minder over your computer!  Best to put it across the room.
You probably do not want to hang the Magnet Minder while the cat is watching or she’ll be playing with it from then on!


Sara Leigh said...

What a clever idea! I may have to make one.

ChitownStitcher said...

That is so cute and clever. I think I will be making one this weekend. I am alway trying to pry my magnets apart. What was your reason for using the wider ribbon and fusing it? Did you try the narrow and find it too weak?

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I think you just won my Smart Cookie award! How clever a magnet solution!

Front Range Stitcher said...


Anonymous said...

This is such a neat idea! And you could make one for storing needles after you finish a project as well - though I wouldn't use ribbon for it. I need to try this.