Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tool Time Tuesday...Paint Chip Needle Case

Painting...not my favorite thing to do, but you do get unbelievable results with paint. I have a few paint projects in the works right now. Some are further along than others. I want to paint part of the family room, my daughter's room, guest bathroom, 6 chairs, a bookshelf...ok I have to stop. I think I'm going to be sick with how much painting I want to get done.

Well, any who, I'm in the paint section of the hardware store and always grabbing more paint chips for inspiration. You know I love a good paint chip. If you click HERE and HERE, you'll find two other ideas that I've done with those unused paint chips.

Today's idea is for this...what is it?

It's a needle case!!

I saw something some where on the Internet that was made with paper into a little note pad, but I can't remember where I saw it.

This needle case is my version of the paint chip match book.

All you need are paint chips...

a piece of cotton batting or felt and those metal thingies that clip paper together. I know, technical term.

The metal things are from the office supply. You poke the metal through something and then you separate the 2 parts and it keeps things together.

First step...just fold up the bottom about 1 1/4 inch.

Use a hole punch or sharp pointy thing to poke a hole through the 2 layers in the center of the bottom.

Cut your batting to fit.

Put the metal thingy through the hole...force through the cotton.

Separate and flatten the metal flaps on the back side.

Just add your needles and you are good to go...or should I say...good to "sew".

Make them in any color. Great for little...
  • little stocking stuffers for sewing friends
  • add to the top of a gift package
  • guild gifts
  • sewing bee gifts
  • party favors for you sewing groups
  • add pins, needle, small button, thread wrapped on a small card and make a sewing kit

The ideas are endless with paint chips. I just hope the paint companies don't catch on. I really did need these paint chips for painting though. well, maybe not the orange...I just loved the burnt orange color. Already bought my first gallon of tan paint to paint brick in the family room. Pictures of that to come.

Happy Tuesday,


  1. I LOVE this idea!! Another winner!! Love how your mind works!! You need to put all of these ideas into a book and get rich off the proceeds...AFTER you have tested these ideas on us, of course!! haha

  2. So simple, yet so effective! The brad adds a nice decorative element. Much nicer than stapling!


  3. This is such a cool idea and a wonderful small gift! I can't wait to see what other clever ideas are posted. Keep up the good work!

  4. You are SO awesome at thinking outside the box - love it. And congrats - I saw your clippy tool mentioned on craft gossip.

  5. I need to get to the hardware store more often. You come up with so many ideas,love reading you blog,now just to try a fre of them.

  6. Another great tool-time post! NEEDLEss to say, I love the idea... LOL!!!

  7. You just keep going with ideas...FIESTA!!!

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  9. Well, you did it again. Love this idea. I am going to make some right now!

  10. LOVE this one! So simple and such a great idea - you are the smartest cookie in the bunch! Thank you :)

  11. What a great idea!
    I will certainly be making some of these!

  12. I love Tool Time Tuesday. You have to many clever ideas. I am not creative when coming up with my own ideas, but your tutorials make it to easy to be creative with yours. Keep up the good work and thank you for your blog.

  13. I really like this idea - think I will make some for Christmas gifts.

  14. Oh, that's so clever! Thanks for the idea. I plan to try making one soon!

  15. What a cute little stocking stuffer Karen! Great idea! Jenn

  16. I always call them split pins, great idea!

  17. What an awesome idea! I can't wait to try this! I've shared this link on my website, Indiana Inker.

    Have a great Sunday,

  18. I like to hang out in the hardware store sometimes just looking at all the "I don't know whats" There are some cool things in there. This is a great use of paint chips and copper brads.

  19. This is a great ideal..I bought some of those thingy majiggiys today...

  20. Great idea that I'll share with my quilt group!Thanks for sharing! I think I even have some decorative brads leftover from scrapbooking/cardmaking that will work.


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