Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – DIY Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder {& Giveaway Winner}

May 12, 2015

Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

Without further ado…. the winner of the gift certificate for free longarm quilting goes to:

Karen!

Happy Mother’s Day, Karen.  I’m so happy I’ll get to quilt for you!

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Now on to my tutorial for the day. And please don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post to see the fabulous links for other tips and tutorials for the week.

Needle Minder Title by Stephanie Pal

I am so excited to share this simple, utilitarian idea with you today!  This little 3″ wide hexapuff serves triple duty: it sticks to my sewing machine where I can easily place pins in it as I take them out while sewing, it’s magnetic, so if I just brush a needle against it, it stays, and it smells heavenly, as it is stuffed with dried lavender and fluffy filling.

Like any good quilter, I love hexagons.  In fact, I loved hexagons way before I was a quilter… back when I defined myself as a knitter.  I loved knitting hexapuffs, stuffing them with soft, fluffy filling and dried lavender.  Recently, as I stared at my pile of pretty knitted hexapuffs, I wondered why I had never made them out of fabric before.

And suddenly, an idea was born! They’re quick to sew and fun to make.  And they’re the perfect little gift for all your sewing friends.

Here’s how you make them:

Printable PDF of the Hexapuff Tutorial:  Hexapuff Tutorial by Late Night Quilter 

Materials:

  1. Two 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric
  2. Hexagon template or Accuquilt die (see below for links)
  3. Iron
  4. Chopstick
  5. Dried Lavender
  6. 3/4″ Magnets
  7. Sewing Machine, Rotary Cutter, Scissors and Thread

Step 1:

Cut out two 3″ wide hexagons.  Each side of the hexagon should be 1.5″, and the diameter of the hexie should be 3″ wide.

Step 1 Cut two 1.5 hexagons

I use my Accuquilt to cut these hexies quickly and accurately. There is a fantastic AccuQuilt GO! Hexagon die (**affiliate link) with 3 different sizes of hexagons that is useful for so many different projects. I cut out my fabric using the center hexie for this project. If you’d like a free template though, check out this link to Love Patchwork and Quilting, where you can download 5 different size hexie templates!

Hexagon Accuquilt Die

Accuquilt Hexagon Die. Gotta Love It!

 

Step 2:

Press one side of each of the hexies under 1/4″, toward the wrong side of the fabric.  This is just to make your life easier at the end of the project when it is time to hand stitch the opening of the hexie puff.Step 2 Press One Side of Hexie 14 To the Wrong Side

Here’s what you’ve got so far:

Hexies with 14 Turned Under Sides

Step 3:

Place the hexies right sides together, with the turned under sides matching.

Step 3 Place Hexies Right Sides Together

Step 4:

Sew all the way around the hexie, leaving the turned-under side unstitched so you can turn and fill your hexie.

Tip: For sharp points on your hexie’s corners, sew all the way off each edge.  Don’t stop 1/4″ away from the end of the hexie to pivot and keep sewing.  Sew off each side, break thread, and then start at the top of the next side to get the prettiest hexie corners.

Sew All the Way Around Leaving One Side Open for Turning and Filling

Step 5:

Turn your hexie right side out and use a chopstick to gently push out the points.

Step 5 Use a Chopstick to Poke out the Corners of the Hexie

Step 6:

Press the hexie and make sure your corners look pretty.

Step 6 Press Hexie

Step 7:

Fill with 1/2 teaspoon of dried lavender, and stuff with fluffy Poly-Fil (**affiliate link) .

Step 8 Fill with 12 tsp dried lavender

Step 8:

Insert a small, 3/4″ magnet.  You can purchase a small package of 3/4″ magnets at your local craft store for about $5, or a larger package online at Amazon (Creative Hobbies® Round Ceramic Disc Magnets Grade 5 Strong! -Wholesale Box of 100 Pcs – **affiliate link).Step 8 Stuff with Poly Fill and a Magnet

Step 9:

Stitch the top closed.

Step 9 Hand Stitch the Top Closed

Step 10:

Use a sticky Scotch brand Mounting Square to secure the Magnetic Hexapuff Needle Minder to your sewing machine. Here is a photo of the double-sided sticky mounting squares I used. They are 4″ x 4″, so I just cut them down to 1″, which fit my hexie perfectly.
Scotch Mounting Squares

If you’ve never done a ladder stitch before, here’s a handy diagram.  It’s a lovely stitch that is very difficult to see when done properly.  It also works well when binding your quilts.

ladder stitch

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I’ll be making a lot of these, especially when I just need a few minutes to relax.  And I have a feeling these Hexapuffs will appear in a few other projects in the weeks to come too.

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Louisa @ Sewmotion May 12, 2015 at 3:59 am

    What a great idea!! No more lost needles!

  • Reply Susan Shaw May 12, 2015 at 6:15 am

    The ladder stitch diagram did not appear for me. It’s just the embedded html code for it.

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer May 12, 2015 at 7:08 am

      Thanks for letting me know, Susan. I’m a bit stumped by WordPress this morning. When I checked, it looked ok to me. Anybody else missing the ladder stitch diagram?

  • Reply Pieces to Patch May 12, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Another GREAT Tip!

  • Reply Karen May 12, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Oh my gosh!!!! I can’t believe I won the quilting!!! !!! I read your post too early today and sent a text to my son’s future MIL right away. . .probably panicked her.. Lol She and I are working on the quilt together… A surprise for both kids, as Beth doesn’t sew, and I pretty much make baby quilts! Thank you, thank you! And I love that needle minder, I’ll be making a few of those!

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer May 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

      Yay!!! Congratulations Karen! I will email you shortly. XOXOXO I am so happy that you’re happy. 🙂

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  • Reply quiltingjetgirl May 12, 2015 at 8:39 am

    The needle minder is very cute, and I love the tip to stuff it with lavender! Also, congratulations to Karen. 🙂

  • Reply cheryljbrickey May 12, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Very cute pincushion. Congrats to the winner of the longarming!

  • Reply mskhofhinn May 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Brilliant idea! I can’t wait to get home and make one.

  • Reply Little Black Cat Quilting May 12, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Great idea! I’ve been meaning to make some sort of magnetic pin holder, I’ll keep this in mind!

  • Reply Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    What a fun and useful way to make hexies. I love items tthat are both pretty and serve a purpose.

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  • Reply Nurdan May 12, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    They are so cute!!

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