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Project

Magnetic Garden Organizer

Created By: Helen Norman, Raymond Hom

Introduction

Gardening gloves have a way of disappearing. Once dirty, they seem to blend into berry patches and stone walls -- only to be found the next day, dew-soaked and useless until they dry. To keep gloves handy, sew magnets onto their cuffs.

Materials

  • 3/4-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Sewing kit
  • 1/2-inch rare-earth disk magnet

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut two 1 1/4-inch-long pieces of 3/4-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon. Sew 1 piece of ribbon to inside of cuff, leaving 1 side open (for a neater hem, fold under the cut ends of ribbon before stitching).

  2. Step 2

    Slip a 1/2-inch rare-earth disk magnet into the pocket; stitch to close. Repeat process with second glove. In the garden, keep gloves within reach by attaching them to a metal bucket or to each other around one of your belt loops.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, March 2009

Reviews (14)

  • Gayle Valverde 18 Jun, 2013

    I stick pairs of bamboo stakes in a pot/planter on every side of the yard, out front & out back. When I'm looking for a pair, they are basically waving to me...over here, over here! I have cloth, rubberized & leather, something for every project, here & there. Just saying...

  • WoobyGirl 1 Aug, 2011

    I too have a plastic bucket, and use 2 clothespins to keep my gloves with the rest of the tools. The pins just stay on the rim until needed.

  • mmmmom 30 Jul, 2011

    I have 4 or 5 pairs of garden gloves and just tuck the current set in the pocket of my garden apron. I don't usually carry a metal pail around with me.

  • djbobalek 30 Jul, 2011

    Great idea, but the magnets will stick to the inside of the washer and dryer.

  • gardenmaid 9 Jun, 2010

    I had to laugh at the part about keeping your garden gloves clean. Mine haven't been clean since they left the store. Great idea for keeping track of the dirty old things, though. :-)

  • Bonnie460 9 Jun, 2010

    Love this idea because I'm forever losing my gardening gloves! IMPORTANT TO THOSE WITH CARDIAC PACEMAKERS: Please check with your physician prior to wearing magnets. They may interfere with your pacemaker. I make jewelry and will not sell anything with a magnetic clasp to someone with a pacemaker.

  • Ijustlovetosew 9 Jun, 2010

    Wonderful idea!! and to those who are disorganized and just throw their gloves around...you are the reason the glove business is doing great!!! Buy three more pairs.

  • terrynoxel 2 Apr, 2010

    My bucket is a plastic trug, so the magnets won't work for me. I use a mailbox that I "planted" in the garden. It holds my gloves, some hand tools, and the velcro ties to support plants to the stakes.

  • Veridical_Angel 31 Mar, 2010

    I keep my on the side of the dryer hanging by a magnetic clothes pin. I KNOW there aren't going to be any spiders crawling on my dryer. :-)

  • paulahale 31 Mar, 2010

    You know, I am just not that organized. When I come home from and I have been working in the garden I am tired when finished and may throw my gloves down. I may start out putting them on the bucket but it would never become a habit for me.

    Paula Hale

  • cassarooni 31 Mar, 2010

    I recommend sewing the magnet to the top side of the wrist on the cuff. The weight of the magnet inside the cuff as shown has the potential to pull the cuff away from the wrist and allow dirt and debris into the glove, defeating the purpose of the cuff. Also, with the magnetized side being the TOP of the glove, that would be the side stuck to a bucket (or other), which is less likely to need airing out. The palm is the side that should face away from the metal source the gloves are stuck to.

  • tabby1215 31 Mar, 2010

    yes she is very creative but thats why she is so great at what she does

  • tabby1215 31 Mar, 2010

    yes she is very creative but thats why she is so great at what she does

  • JMarsden 13 May, 2009

    I am always fascinated how Martha has came up with. Her ideas make me happy!