by Tammy Taylor~
OK y’all know I’m not a seamstress. As in, not even a little! I only sew very basic things such as my repurposed denim baskets or repairing a seam on a favored shirt. So this may not be a new hint for the more seasoned seamstresses out there, but it sure was a helpful find for me! And maybe you too?
You see, I have a bundle of straight pins that had been stored in the plastic box they were sold in for years. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve stuck myself with a pin trying to retrieve one! But after years of use, the hinge on the old container broke. So I went looking for an easier yet still-convenient way to store & use my straight pins. Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.
First, fast forward to earlier in the day: RancherMan & I had just emptied a small box of breath mints. As I always do when dealing with an empty container, I thought; “Hummm… wonder if I can reuse this somewhere?”
Eureka! The small breath mint container held my straight pins beautifully. The box is compact and easy to use too, not to mention FREE! I quickly transferred my pins from the broken box to this mint container. The shape of the mint box kept my pins from getting all tangled together like the old plastic box did.
Now when I need a straight pin I simply flip open the top & shake out the tip of one of the pins. I grasp & remove it from the container – no finger sticks this time!
When I’m finished sewing, the top of this container quickly flips closed again. My pins are safely stored in my sewing box for next time.
This ‘Use Whatcha Got’ moment has filled a need quite nicely for no cost!
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