Local businesses often hand out free refrigerator magnets with a calendar or advertising on them. Recycle the magnet by combining it with an empty CD case to make a magnetic pin and needle holder. First glue a scrap of a favorite fabric over the advertisement on the magnet, then glue the fabric side of the magnet into the bottom of the CD case. Now you have a secure place to carry pins and needles while traveling.

-Cheryl Hughes

Mississauga, Ontario

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