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It’s always a feeling of great accomplishment to look at something, have that thought, and actually be able to follow through. While I was shopping the other day I came across some adorable needle threaders. I reached for them, then stopped, caught up in the brilliant idea that I could engineer something myself that looked much the same. And I did! True mine are not made from plastic, but with my access to the Dallas Makerspace that could certainly change as new ideas form. I made my threaders from supplies I already owned with the exception of the beading wire. After a couple of trial pieces made with a thicker gauge wire I found what I believe to be the best one for the job.

1. Turbo Glue (or any other tough crafting glue)
2. Rubber Cement
3. Wire Bending Tool
4. .3mm Beading Wire
5. Thin Cardboard (another use for that recycled cardboard!)
6. Scrapbook Papers
7. Paper Punch
8. Binder Clips
9. Scissors
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Step 1:

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With your paper punch, cut out two piece from the thin cardboard and the scrapbook paper. You should have four pieces when completed. I found it best to use a punch no smaller than a half inch wide. This helps give you something to grip when threading.

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Using the rubber cement affix the scrapbook papers to their cardboard counter parts. One side will be cardboard and one will have your paper (see image above). Let dry fully

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Cut a piece of your wire off (approx 2.5 inches). You can cut longer or shorter depending on the look you are going for, but I found this size to be the best for bending easily. Beading wire is harder to form into a shape which helps when threading a needle because it will retain its shape when you pull it back through the eye, unlike thicker gauges that get smooshed.

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Bend your piece in half and use your wire bender to crimp that end into a point.
re3ver2 years ago
I am always looking for my threader. Now I can have as many as I want and always have one handy. Thank you!
drwebster2 years ago
now thats just nifty
That is really cute! What a fun little thing to make for people :)
Thank you!