Welcome to Tool Time. You know I love the hardware store. I roam around just looking at things and think to myself...hmmm, what can I use this for (other than it's intended purpose).
Well, here's this week's tool that I won't be using for painting! It's a magnetic clamp for your paint can.
It clips to just about anything...
If you do use it for painting, it has this little metal thingy that gets under the lip of the paint can to pry it open.
Here is the original use. Clamps to your paint bucket and the magnet holds your paint brush.
The metal part of the brush sticks to the magnet.
Not using it for that here at Sew Many Ways though...
How about clamping it to your stitching patterns to hold your place in the book and the magnet holds your needles.
You can keep several needles threaded and stick them to the magnet.
How many times do you lose your spoon in cake or pancake batter? No more! Clamp it to a bowl and the spoon sticks to the magnet!
You won't being fishing for your spoon at the bottom of the bowl any more. This is made from plastic, so I wouldn't try this on a pan.
Back to sewing. If you have a small table or something next to where you do your hand sewing...use the clamp!
Holds your pins and needles perfectly...never search for them in the chair again!
Now here's the best! I sew a lot in the car on long trips. I've had 2 other tutorials for sewing helpers in the car, but this is the easiest to use.
Just clamp it to your air vent and never search for you needles again!
If you think I don't use my crazy creations, here is a picture of my car Monday morning on the way to work. That red note pad is a tutorial I made from a plastic gift card and a name badge clamp. Way down the end of the picture is the clamp for my sewing.
The clamp is found in the paint section and costs, I think, about $1 or so. Well worth it for a needle keeper.
Here are the links to some of the things I mentioned above...
Click here for the note pad clamp
Click here for the car caddy tutorial
Click here for a cup holder sewing organizer
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you haven't visited this week's Sew Darn Crafty Party, click here to join the fun...everyone shares such great projects. Maybe you can link up too!