Monday, 4 August 2014

Quilt Hack #1: Wrist Pincushion

I love hacks. Not the computer hack or bad worker meanings of the word, but more the Urban Dictionary definition - taking something meant for one thing and modifying it or repurposing it for another. I especially love quilt hacks.

This is a runner's armband (You're welcome, Medtronic). We got some as a promotional giveaway at a race my kids participated in a couple of years ago. It has a handy little zipper and pocket to keep your key, money or an MP3 player.

We don't really have an ongoing use for these bands and we have several so I took one and stuffed some poly fill in the pocket. Voilà - easy peasy wrist pincushion. :) The material is lightweight and stretchy, so it doesn't get sweat and it's easy to slide on and off.

And it sits nicely as a regular pincushion when I don't need it on my wrist. Win-win!

Have a fun hack like this to share? I thought I'd do a series on quilt hacks that I've either done or come across. I don't have any plans for this being a regularly timed series, but more as I come across them. If you have any that you'd recommend, let me know. I'd love to feature them!


  1. Ha ha ha. Kids were in the same race (that was last year's) and hence, we have the same armbands. Off I go looking for the armbands and the fill to make myself the exact same thing!

  2. A great idea. I must see if my son has acquired any and repurpose them. I love doing that.

  3. Now I wish I had some arm bands :)

  4. Funny but useful! Well done!

  5. Very clever! It's interesting how many quilt tools started out as hacks and are now marketed at 400% markup. Maybe you should start selling these. :-)


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