Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Suction Cup Sponge Holder…to Car Sewing Caddy

Hi everyone! You know I just love taking the most mundane things and turning them into something fun and useful. This suction cup sponge holder is the perfect example.

I found this in a thrift store in the bottom of a junk basket in the kitchen section for one dollar!

From this...

suction cup sewing caddy

To this!!!

suction cup sewing caddy

Come and see the easy transformation…

This is where I usually use the suction cup holder. It's in my kitchen sink for the scrubby pad. I love for this!!

suction cup sewing caddy

Two suction cups keep it in place.

suction cup sewing caddy

However, I do sew in the car from time to time, so this is going to be my new sewing caddy when I'm hand sewing my hexagons!!

suction cup sewing caddy

The first step is the pin cushion. You could just squeeze in one of your own pin cushions in the basket, but I had this one from another tutorial.

suction cup sewing caddy

It's a pillow style with a band in the back that had elastic through it.

suction cup sewing caddy

Now it has a ribbon to go around the basket.

suction cup sewing caddy

Just tie it around the entire edge of the sponge holder.

Adjust to your type of basket.

suction cup sewing caddy

I also added folding scissors to the basket. You can buy these in any sewing or craft store or even online.

suction cup sewing caddy

Now fill it with your hand sewing projects, fabric, hexagons and spools of thread.

suction cup sewing caddy

The best part of the sponge holder is the suction cup feature.

Handy sewing caddy while riding in the car! It's up and out of the way. Helps to keeps the spools of thread and accessories from rolling all over the floor or down the seat!!

suction cup sewing caddy

It suction cups right to your car window (obviously on the passenger side, Lol)

suction cup sewing caddy

The wire basket style feature also serves as a thread dispenser.

suction cup sewing caddy

Keep the spools in the basket and just pull out as much as you need.

The folded scissors are right there when you need them to cut the thread.

suction cup sewing caddy

Just unfold, cut…

suction cup sewing caddy

then fold them back up when not using them…just to be safe.

suction cup sewing caddy

Whether in the car or

suction cup sewing caddy

sitting next to you in the house in your favorite chair, this little sewing caddy is perfect for any hand sewing project!

suction cup sewing caddy


Don't forget my soap dish post from a few a weeks ago. Great for your sewing machine or computer…click HERE to see that.

suction cup soap dish


Five years ago, I came up with this sewing caddy when we drove to Disney World. Lots of sewing on that trip!

suction cup sewing caddy

It's made from a window cup holder and a recycled vegetable can.

Click HERE for that tutorial.

suction cup sewing caddy

This is another cup holder I found in the automotive section.

Click HERE for this sewing caddy for the home or the car.

suction cup sewing caddy

Here's another little cup holder caddy organizer turned sewing helper.

Click HERE to see that!

suction cup sewing caddy

This is a fortune I shared from one of those holder post…perfect for me!!

suction cup sewing caddy


I hope you can find beauty in ordinary things too!!

As a side note…these cup holders would be great for kids in the back seat for crayons, paper and little toys to keep them busy.  They can each have their own on their own window!!


Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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17 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea, you have imagination! But you can sew in a car?!? I like the beautiful red pincushion!

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  2. Karen, you are full of clever, clever ideas !! LOVE the suction cup holder. magnificent !!
    Rose

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  3. I'm just curious ... do you EVER sleep??? Your brain must hurt some days from all of the thinking it does! Another perfect idea from the MASTER.

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  4. I'm thinking this could even work on an airplane, with a very small pair of scissors (some flights allow them) or just a Clover cutter pendant. Perhaps you could make a little liner with a drawstring top to contain it all. No more rolling about & losing things under the seat! Thanks for the ideas!

    http://www.busyneedle.ch

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  5. I have done this on the last couple trips and it has been wonderful. I keep a small round magnet to hold my needle when I'm not using it which sits on the ledge perfectly in my husband's truck. And my container has a opening across the bottom where I pull my thread through. It's nice to have everything up and off my lap, and is easy to find in the car. I'll have to get one for both my girls though too. Keep the great ideas coming!!!!

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  6. Great idea!! I've linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-car-sewing-caddy-from-a-suction-cup-soap-dish/2014/02/25/
    --Anne

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  7. What a lovely idea, but is right in front of the car mirror the best place for a sewing caddy? Unless of course the driver doesn't mind.

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  8. Brilliant!! I often crochet in the car while waiting on the male offspring during his guitar lesson. Something like this would come in very handy!

    Beckey
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/queenbsbusywork

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  9. Love your sharing and your repurposing skills.

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  10. Nice idea, maybe someday I can use it in a car. Our roads are so bad, sewing would not be the best choice of time-filler for a passenger, especially in a bouncy SUV (when I'm not the driver, that's what we're in). Besides, I can't read in a moving car, so I'm not sure how sewing would go. Maybe for a small project kit to take along though...

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  11. Karen es una idea perfecta, muy práctica y muy bonita. Felicidades, pero si yo hago eso, creo que me tirarían de casa. Es broma.
    Un beso fuerte guapa

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  12. You are certainly the Heloise of Quilting!! I just lOVE all our hardward and painting tools to organize with and use in quilting.....I grew up with my Dad riding around to the Paint Stores and at times running uptown on my bike to get him something at the hardware store....he was a House Painter!!....inside a house or out and wallpaper hanger with redoing furniture on the side and addicted to Saturday auctions....did I mention and he had 8 kids....spread out over 24 years......AMAZING man!! anyways, how I wish I had a few of his old paint sticks now, etc!!......Keep it up....from a Painters Daughter.......my Dad could chew the fat too at the Paint Stores....as I played in the isles or colored in the kids section.....I think I have all of his loves of life!!......chatty

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  15. So, I knew I HAD one of those wire sponge baskets with suction cups - but could I find it when I needed it? No. Then I remembered another suction cup caddy I had that was languishing in the bathroom...and although it is plastic, I think I can make it can work. I would love to post pictures of it here, but don't know how. Anyway, thanks for the idea - because before this, I was using the indented hand-hold in the door of the van for my scissors and needle case and thread. Better than losing all the stuff on the floor, but hardly ideal. Why I never thought of a suction-cup caddy is beyond me - I'm usually quite clever. But you are obviously much MORE clever! So glad to have found your blog.

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  16. It is a clever to storage , but may you find a rubber suction instead of PVC suction if you want to suck on wall firmly.

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