Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tool Time Tuesday...Sewing Soap Dish

Sewing Soap Dish...What?!? You know me, I'll find anything to transform into something else and this time it was in the bathroom section of the hardware store.

I think a better name for it is Armchair Sewing Table...



Here it is in it's original state. It's a soap dish that hooks onto the edge of a bath tub and holds your soap. I'm thinking armchair, but if you do any hand sewing in the tub...this will work great for that too, LOL!!




Here's my thought process...you need a few STRONG magnets...not the crafty ones. They sell strong ones in the hardware store too.


Put the magnets on the bottom of the soap dish. They stick on their own because teh dish is metal


I found some of the strong silver magnets too.


The magnets on the back of the metal dish make the top part magnetic to hold your pins and needles in place!


If that doesn't work for your soap dish, use my ever popular magnetic business cards. You know I use these a lot. Click HERE for other projects using these magnets


The magnetic business cards have a sticky side...


and a magnetic side.


Peel and stick it to the top of the soap dish.


Now it holds your pins and needles too.


Now onto more fun with this idea. These clips are name badge reels. They hold a name badge and they also pull out with a string like a tape measure.


I found these in the office supply section of Walmart...4 for $1.88.


Clip the reel to the handle of the soap dish.


Open up the name badge holder that has a snap closure and add your little scissors.


Now you can pull the reel to clip your threads, but never lose your scissors in the chair.


Ok, here's where the demise of this idea came for me :(

See that arm of the couch off to the left...that's where this adorable soap dish WAS going to fit. WAS is the operative word here. The couch is fairly new and I forgot that the little brown pillow is "attached" to the arm of the couch, so my little sewing helper doesn't fit here.


Works on the pillow though. I will find a place for this...seems like the armchairs in my house are a little too big.


Still wanted to share the idea though, just in case the soap dish, armchair sewing table, thinga ma bob might work for you.

It is great to have all your sewing needs in one place when you are doing your hand sewing and you'll never lose them in the couch!!

Happy Sewing,
~Karen~

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37 comments:

  1. That is really clever. I even uttered a impressed "hunh". Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. Wonderful idea! I'm measuring my chair and couch arms right now!

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  3. Clever idea! I have some of those name badge reels. Whether the soap dish works or not I think I can find a place for that. Thanks for sharing this cool idea.

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  4. LOVE this idea~thank you for sharing.

    Nina

    atirinspireddecor.blogspot.com

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  5. Very clever, like the way your mind thinks "out of the box."

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  6. Love your re-purposing ideas!

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  7. what a bummer that it didn't work! LOL

    Great idea. I don't sew in the tub, but if I ever do I know how to be equipped!

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  8. You are so clever, as usual Karen. On that brown attached pillow, is it sewn all the way to the sofa? Is there a skinny opening that you could slide the metal hanging part into? Or have you tried bending the hanging metal to fit over the arm of the sofa? Oh well, I'm sure you thought about these things too. Maybe a different chair to put it on? Anyhow it still is a great idea.

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  9. Very ingenious. And I didn't think anyone else but me said thinga ma bob.

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  10. What a great idea! My husband is always extra-cautious when sitting next to me when I'm doing needlework. He has "found" the little scissors or pins too many times. I'm sure he'll praise this invention!

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  11. What a clever idea -- I love it!! And I need it too. I say thinga ma jig instead of bob. Must be a regional thing!! :) Thanks for the clever tool.

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  12. A much better idea than my mother had. She used the arms of the couch and rocking chair, where-ever she was sitting to leave a Needle or pins for my unsuspecting Big Brother to find with his hand. I guess that was better than his foot...LOL ahh, the Memories!

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  13. quite a clever idea but, oh how my cats would have fun with it!

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  14. Once again, very clever idea! This is great for older folks too. I can't use in my house right now with grand-babes so close by, it's just a brilliant idea!

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  15. Very clever! Such a great idea for even more than just sewing. Love it!

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  16. What a great idea!! Good gift too.

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  17. What a great idea! My couch has very wide arms but looks like it would be great on a pillow. Thanks for sharing this!

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  18. Would it attach to the arm rest in the car???? Maybe for those of us who sew on long trips would be able to use this idea- I have seen a plastic drink holder that attaches to a window ledge used as the base to put a pincushion in but I like the magnetic one! Good idea!

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  19. Clever idea! I have a drop leaf table next to my chair and I think the wire part would work if I slipped it down between the leaf and table. Very good idea Karen, thanks for sharing.

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  20. My only problem would be one of the cats trying to sit on it and help me sew!

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  21. Love it, Love it, Love it. I have the same problem with my "arms". LOL

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  22. I NEED to attach my scissors to one of those clips - seriously, I use them and 30 seconds late I canNOT find them! My husband would claim my glasses should also have some type of tether!
    ~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

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  23. Great idea!!! Thanks for sharing. Congratulations, your blog is very interesting.
    Yasmin

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  24. Your portable sewing kits make me smile!!!!!

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  25. It fits on mine. Super. Now I have room for my coffee cup on the table.!!!

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  26. I love the idea of the name tag scissor holders- my sister needs these for sure!

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  27. Awesome idea! I was also thinking, I have pins in an Altoid tin, I should put that magnetized business card on the inside bottom so if(when) I drop it all the pins don't go flying out everywhere.

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  28. Holy gads, this is fabulous! When I do drop pins I grab magnets off my fridge to pick them up. I'll just start using them in the first place! Thank ya.

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  29. Your blog is AMAZING! Following you all the way!

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  30. Swoon, great idea. Would it fit around the top of a sewing machine w/o disturbing the thread?

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  31. You are a mad scientist genius woman and I adore you. Just found your blog and I need more!!!!

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