What is a Needle Minder?

What is a needle minder and do you need one?

What is a Needle Minder

“Stitch your stress away.” -Unknown


Needle Minders are Fun and Useful


I am always searching for the most awesome cross stitch patterns. And I keep coming across needle minders. I would always scroll by, but my curiosity could not take it any longer. What is a needle minder? I have been cross stitching for many years, and I never heard of such a thing. But now that I know what they are, I think I need at least a few dozen. Why not?


What is a Needle Minder?

If you do embroidery or cross stitching projects, you know how easy it is to misplace your needle. You either set it aside and drop it in the couch or on the floor. And if you place your needle in the fabric, so you do not lose it, it can damage the fibers. With one of these handy little needle minders, you will never have to worry about losing your needle again.


A needle minder is also referred to as a needle nanny. It has an attractive top that is magnetic and will hold your needle securely. A needle minder has 2 magnets. One on the back of the top piece and a backing magnet.


To use the needle minder, place the back of the decorative top on the front of your fabric. Next secure the needle minder to the fabric by placing the backing magnet on the back. A good needle minder will have strong magnets that will keep the accessory in place. To store the needle, just place it on top of the decorative top. The magnets will create a magnetic field that will help hold the needle in place.




21 of the Geekiest Needle Minders

So, after I figured out what a needle minder was, I spent way too long looking at them. I still cannot pick which one or ones I want. But I have narrowed them down to these 21.


1. Queen of Hearts Needle Minder/Magnet, Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is the best Disney cartoon ever! I love this Queen of Hearts needle minder. I think I must get this one.



2.I Solemnly Swear A Lot Enamel Needle Minder

This needle minder is a fun take on Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map. If you are a fan of the books and movies, you will love this Harry Potter Needle Minder.

Harry Potter Needle Minder I solemnly swear map What is a needle minder and how to use a needle minder

3. Stitching Assistant Mushroom Needle Minder to Keep Track of Your Needle for Cross Stitch Embroidery Accessories

These Mario inspired mushrooms are super cute. And they come in a pack of four. So, if you are like me, you will have a needle minder for each project you have started.


Mario Mushrooms Needle Minder Stitching Assistant Mushroom Needle Minder to Keep Track of Your Needle for Cross Stitch Embroidery Accessories What is a needle minder and how to use a needle minder

4. Needle Minder Cartoon dog Planar resin cross stitch minders

This one is definitely at the top of my list. I love Snoopy! And being an avid birder, Woodstock makes this piece even better. If you are looking for a needle minder for a gift, this Peanuts Snoopy needle minder would be great for a Snoopy lover.



5. Baby Yoda Diamond Painting Cover minder / Cross stitch Needle minder / Magnet

Grogu is awesome! I really want this one too. If you are a fan of Star Wars and the Mandalorian, this Baby Yoda needle minder is a must-have accessory.


6. Needle Minder Cartoon blue Planar resin cross stitch minders Keepers Magnet

How can the Minions be so cute when we cannot even understand a word they say? OK, I will admit, I can understand banana. Keep you needle safe and sound with this super cute Bob the Minion needle minder for The Minions movies.



7. Bart Lisa and Maggie shaped needle minder. Simpsons

The Simpsons! Here is another nerdy needle minder that I must have. I actually have The Simpsons on as I am writing this post. It never gets old. This fun Simpsons needle minder embroidery accessory features Bart, Lisa and Maggie.



8. Kermit Could’ve Told You That Needle Minder

The Muppets are a classic. This needle minder uses the Kermit the Frog meme image. What could he be thinking about while you are working on your embroidery project? He is probably criticizing your every stitch.



9. Tanuki Mario Needle Minder

This raccoon Mario would make the perfect gift for a gaming enthusiast that also dabbles in cross stitching.