DIY Sewing Caddy (Made From Used Pens)!

Here's another project from my quest to re-use old ball point pens. (Here's a first.)


DIY Sewing Caddy (Made From Used Pens)!

    12 used ball-point pens
    Three pieces of 1” hardwood: 11 1/2 x 4 1/4”; 11 1/2 x 3”; 11 1/2 x 1 3/4”
    Wood glue
    Bar clamps
    Electric Drill and Masking Tape or Drill Press
    1/8” Drill bit
    3/8” Drill bit
    Wire cutters

1. Cut (using a miter saw or miter box) or have the wood cut to size.
2. Disassemble the pens into their component parts: the ball point and ink insert, the cone-shaped tips, and the shaft and end cap. (A pair of taped needlenose pliers will help)
3. On the longest piece (11 1/2 x 4 1/4”) mark 8 evenly spaced holes 1 1/4” apart on the front (thickness) of the wood.
4. Using an 1/8 inch drill bit, drill the 8 holes 1/4” into the wood. If using a hand drill, use masking tape to indicate the appropriate depth.
5. On the top of the same larger piece, draw a line, parallel the edge, 5/8” from the end. Repeat for the medium sized piece (11 1/2 x 3”).
6. Drill six 3/8” holes 1 3/4” apart, evenly spaced from the ends, 3/16” deep.
7. On the smallest piece, drill four 3/8” holes 3 inches apart, 3/16” deep.
8. Stack the wood together, lining up the back edge, like stair steps.
9. Glue the pieces together, clamp, and let dry overnight.
10. Cut 8 ink inserts to 1” lengths. Make a pool of glue, and dip the ball points in glue to prevent any ink flow, and then dip the cut ends in glue. Insert the pen inserts into the 1/8” holes, and remove any excess glue.
11. Repeat the process, dipping 12 cone-shaped tips in glue and inserting them into the 3/8” holes of the two lower tiers.
12. Lastly, dip the pen shafts in glue, and insert them into the four holes of the top tier.

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Miranda on Jun 18, 2011:

I love this idea. I just picked up my first sewing machine at a peddlers mall for cheap. Although it is small and I can only do limited work thus far, I love it. I can not wait to get a new one, a bigger one. :) The idea makes me giddy. On that note, I also just started a blog. You can check it out here...http://colormecapable.blogspot.com. Its not much, but I like it, and I can display my masterpieces. I posted my first project, an apron, which I think turned out awesome. Anyway, I hope to set up a sewing corner in my home and I can't wait to add this. Thank you

island_girl_salvage on Oct 16, 2007:

This is great. I wish my brain could think like that.  I loved the sprinkler too. 

pfirsch on Oct 15, 2007:

I was looking for inexpensive ways to corral my thread.  Thanks for sharing!

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