Needle minders have definitely become my favorite cross stitch accessory. I can’t imagine stitching without them now! It’s like having a little friend on your fabric to keep you company while you stitch. And it’s much better than setting your needle down somewhere and forgetting where you put it.
While you can find a huge variety of needle minders on Etsy, they’re also super easy to make yourself. On a recent trip to Target I found a sticker play set of The Mandalorian that included lots of Baby Yoda stickers that are the perfect size for needle minders. This project even uses upcycled plastic. Check out the supplies and steps below to make your own puffy sticker needle minder!
- Puffy sticker
- Scrubby sponge
(I like the Scrub Daddy sponges.)
- Clear plastic food packaging
(The containers that berries come in are perfect.)
- Goo Gone
- E6000 glue
- 2 neodymium magnets
- Nail file
- Peel off any stickers on the flat surface of the food packaging. Wash with soap and water. If any residue remains, apply the Goo Gone and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Scrub the residue off with the scrubby sponge. Wash again with soap, making sure all of the Goo Gone is removed.
- Once dry, cut out the flat surfaces of the container. Please recycle the leftover pieces!
- Stick your puffy sticker to the plastic. You can usually fit a few stickers onto the plastic, so if you have enough magnets, go for it! Just make sure you leave enough room around the stickers to be able to cut them out. Press and rub the sticker a couple of times to make sure it’s good and stuck to the plastic.
- Cut out your sticker, cutting as close as you can to the border. Round or snip any corners if possible. Use a nail file to lightly smooth any sharp areas as needed.
- Apply a small amount of E6000 glue to the center on the back of your plastic-backed puffy sticker. Attach one magnet. Let dry.
–Note: It may be tempting to glop the glue on, but you really don’t need a lot. If you use too much your magnet will shift around on the plastic, and you might have to adjust it as it dries.
- Once dry you can attach the other magnet, and your needle minder is ready to go!
These make great gifts, especially for new stitchers who may not have a needle minder in their accessories stash yet. Older kiddos (with supervision, of course) and teens will love this project, too. I hope you have fun making your own puffy sticker needle minder! I’d love to see yours!