Using pool noodles in your sewing room may seem a bit strange but they have so many uses for only a few dollars (or less) a piece. I’ll share some fun ways that you can use them!
Pin Cushion and Finger Savers
I just took an ordinary pool noodle and cut off a little section with a serrated knife. Then, I cut it in half again and, presto change-o, I had a little pin cushion that worked really, really well.
You know when you have needles, how they poke your finger? My husband is a pilot and I stole a couple of his ear plugs and put them on the ends of my needles for years. Now I see them selling these in sewing stores for a lot more than what you would pay at a sporting goods store.
I use them to cover and pad the end of the needle. Number one, I can identify it as a sewing needle with a quick glance at my pin cushion and, number two, I don't accidentally poke my finger on the end. You could cut up a little scrap of the pool noodle and do the same thing.
I used to wrap my bindings around a cardboard toilet paper tube. I found that I like using the smaller pool noodle a little bit better for bindings. I can pin straight into it to hold binding ends in place.
As an added plus, I like the pool noodle option better than the toilet paper roll because the pool noodle holds its shape while the cardboard roll gets flat over time.
I would recommend using the bigger sized pool noodle to store a quilt. Roll the quilt up with the outside facing out, not with the wrong side facing out. It is said to be better on the fibers and you'll get less wrinkles and creases in your quilt. If the pool noodle is a little bit floppy from the weight of the quilt, slide dowel rods in the center. It is a handy way to transport quilts too!
Storing Quilt Blocks
Ordinarily I like to store my quilt blocks flat in, say, a scrapbook container because they're 12” by 12” and that will fit most quilt blocks. But if you had a bigger quilt block, e.g., a 15” by 15”, or an odd-shaped block that would not fit in a 12” by 12” scrapbook box, then I would definitely use a pool noodle. Cut the noodle to whatever length you need and roll the block around it with the right side out.
Thread Stand Sponges
If you saw my blog on Avoiding Thread Nests and Broken Needles, you know that I love using serger sponges on the base of my thread stand. The sponge supports your thread spool. If thread happens to puddle down around the base, it can get caught underneath and then not feed properly on your machine. That can result in bent and broken needles and tension problems.
The sponge itself is nothing special. It's just round and it has a little hole in the middle. I took my trusty knife and cut my pool noodle about a half-inch thick. They are really easy to cut. I measured, marked it with a ruler, and cut a slice.
When you put the pool noodle slice on your thread stand, it does have a bigger hole in the center than the serger sponges. Most common embroidery threads sit on top just fine.
So, if you can’t find serger sponges, pool noodles are a great substitute. They work really well on big cones.
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