Isn’t it always a pain to throw away a sharp needle or pin? I am sure this is one reason why I don’t throw away bent pins. I keep sticking the bent ones back in the pin cushion, thinking I’ll deal with it later. Wouldn’t you know, the bent ones are the ones I keep pulling out to use. Another Murphy’s law I suppose. The crappy bent pin you don’t want is the one you will pull out first every time. It may also be a subconscious reason that I don’t change my sewing machine needles as often as I need to. I know many of you use mint containers, or other such things, but I never seem to have those around.
In the kitchen recently, I had emptied this can of black pepper into the pepper shaker when the size of the flip top opening made me stop and think. This was big enough to easily drop a pin or needle in. So, off I went to the crafting bench.
I dug around the spray paint and found this lavendar one, a great color for my sewing room. It goes nicely with my collection of tiny china decorated with violets. Two coats completely covered the tin.
Back inside, I got out a variety of things to decorate it.
I tied a lavendar and white braided cording around the tin and tied a bow.
Then I added a five petal flower, hot gluing it into place.
I put a second one on top of the first offset, and added a deep purple jewel to the center.
Rhinestones and butterfly stickers are added.
I put some butterflies on the sides, too.
Looks lovely on the shelf, and serves a purpose.
Next, I went back to the spice cabinet, and found a couple more containers that were almost empty. I have more cloves and paprika, so I washed these out.
This time I used yellow spray paint.
I wanted more of a sewing theme, so I found these buttons and trims.
I tied a cord around the tin, and hot glued the sewing maching and the needle on the front. Iridescent heart stickers were added to the front and sides.
Now I have two needle tins, and I don’t think I can fill these up in a lifetime of sewing. Next time I pull that bent pin, I’ll have a better place to put it.
Do you have an empty container to make your own discarded needle and pin minder?
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