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Magnetized Pin Box

Introduction

This magnetized box keeps a few pins safely within reach, so you won't have to rummage through a box at the risk of your fingers. Prime and paint a wooden crafts box; leave the face of the raised platform on the underside of the lid unfinished. Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive magnetic sheeting to the same size as the platform. Then cut a piece of fabric to the size of the magnet plus 1/4 inch on all sides; snip the cloth's corners diagonally, as shown. Lay fabric facedown, and center the magnet on top, adhesive side up. Peel off paper, and fold back the fabric edges onto the sticky backing. Apply craft glue along the 4 edges, align the magnet with the platform, and press firmly to affix.

Sources
Wooden hat-pin box, $2.40, woodcrafter.com, 800-704-3772

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2008

Reviews (13)

  • butterflysister 19 Aug, 2010

    Check of this hat pin box...

    http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop

  • butterflysister 19 Aug, 2010

    You have to see this idea for a hat pin box..

    http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=Shop

  • rock63roll64 15 Aug, 2010

    ANOTHER VERY CLEVER IDEA!!! GRACIAS!! MUCHAS GRACIAS!! THE IDEA HERE IS TO COME UP WITH DIFFERENT CRAFTY IDEAS. TO BE HONEST, I WAS GETTING TIRED OF THAT RED TOMATO PINCUSHION THAT I HAVE HAD FOR YEARS. NOW I WILL MAKE ME A CUTE ONE, DIFFERENT AND VERY PRACTICAL! THANKS MARTHA!!

  • admirerofdreams 13 Aug, 2010

    Hi GabbyCal, Have you ever tried using one of the magnetic pincushions? Heavenly! You can "toss" your pins quickly onto the pincushion as you work, and the magnet aids in quick, thorough pin pick up if the need should arise . . . we have all had that happen. ;) Hope this info helps explain the craft a bit better. :)

  • harvard44 13 Aug, 2010

    Even easier... I glued a "superstrong" magnet on the inside lid of a small [3x5-ish] size metal tin [mine is an old fashioned advertisement for Bon Ami]. Pins, needles etc stick tight. When I tried this with not-so-very-strong magnets it didn't work well at all. I have another one in my office area for paper clips, binder clamps, pushpins etc. Very low cost since I had the tins for years wondering what to do with them...

  • GabbyCal 13 Aug, 2010

    Sorry, but I fail to see the advantage a magnetized box offers over an old-fashioned pin cushion.

  • bluebird1952 19 Feb, 2010

    So cool! Chen 123 had an even better idea.... using those flat magnet advertisements that everyone has so many of.... eliminates the need for buying magnets just for this purpose. I think I'll have some magnets made up with my website logo and attach to some pinboxes. What a great way to advertise! http://www.bluebirdpresents.com

  • claw331 23 Jan, 2010

    I love my magnetic holder. I have several tea boxes w/sliding lids to repurpose...thanks for the idea.

  • robroy 19 Jan, 2010

    Please remind your readers that if you have a computerized machine not to keep the box close to it. Magnets and computers don't mix.

  • chen123 2 May, 2008

    great idea!
    you know that magnet's you geet from some compenes as a commercials?
    it's great for this kind of work

  • meowquilt 1 May, 2008

    Remember DON'T keep this by your comperized sewing machine.

  • Anna_Marie 1 May, 2008

    You might want to glue a flat ribbon on the bottom of the box, so the ends could be brought up and tied to keep the lid on for traveling with it.

  • Anna_Marie 1 May, 2008

    What a great idea! I love the way it makes the pins easily accessible...this would make a nice gift for a new bride...or a younger girl who is just learning to sew.