This is one of those ideas that strikes me with major "Why didn't I think of that?" syndrome. Right now I have a bunch of needles and pins stuck to magnets, stuck to my metal board above my worktable, but it's not the best solution. This pincushion-in-a-cup idea is the perfect remedy for my random loose pins.
Carla from Small + Friendly is the brains behind this genius idea; she uses an espresso cup and saucer, some filler such as sand or fiberfill, and a few other basic materials to pull together this little pincushion that is as stylish as it is useful!
My favorite part of this project (besides how cute it looks) is the fact that the pincushion itself sits on a dish. How many times have I piled up pins in an unstable little mess as I pull them out while sewing, only to knock my pile to the ground? Dropping them into the dish is just common sense. Again — Why didn't I think of this?
Visit Small + Friendly to see Carla's full tutorial, including lots of helpful photos!
(Image: Carla from Small + Friendly)