Tuesday, December 21, 2021


If you were to ask me my favorite notion, I just might say my hera marker. It changed the way I mark things for the better, and it's always nearby. But you know another one I really like? A bodkin. It's not something I use in my quilting, nor most of my sewing at all. But when I make something with a casing, I am so, so thankful for my bodkin. After years of using a safety pin to weave ribbons and cords and such through casings, I discovered the bodkin, and it makes things SO much easier and faster.

By definition, a bodkin is "a blunt, thick needle with a large eye used especially for drawing tape or cord through a hem." Mine is just a long flexible plastic 'needle,' but whatever, it works so well! A task I used to dread is easy peasy now.


  1. I love it when a good tool turns a dreaded job into an easy one. Nice!

  2. That does look like an excellent tool!
    Clover makes great useful gadgets don't they?

  3. Like you, for dozens of years, I've used a safety pin for "threading" fabrics, ribbons, and cording through casings. Though I don't have a bodkin, I do have a needle like this, used to stitch in the tails of knitted dishcloths. So, I'll keep your recommendation in mind whenever I next I'm in a casing-stringing situation. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Having the right tools can make all the difference. I'll keep this tip in mind. Does the eye snap closed or do you thread it as usual? It looks like it snaps.