I had the opportunity to buy 100 magnets recently. I just needed two, but it was a "really, this is such a good deal, I should get the box!" moment.
Mr. T pities the fool who thought flat magnets were going to hold him!
I did my gluing then got to work on some embroidery, leaving the box of magnets open on my desk, and whenever I put the needle down, it stuck to the box. So I got the idea that magnets would be a fantastic way to keep from losing my needles as I worked! Like all my best ideas, someone has already thought of it.
Like this dish, from The Mother Huddle from Narrating Life:
You may have those pretty dishes from candles or gift sets that tend to sit in a drawer or collect odds and ends. Glue a magnet or two to the center and let it dry. My go-to is Aleene's tacky glue, but consider super glue or Gorilla glue for extra strength. Then never have to look underneath the couch cushions for your pins and needles again!
I decided I didn't want to chance putting glue on the papery decoration beneath my vintage IHOP ashtray.
When smokey maple syrup meant so much more
So I got a large shell out of my craft stash, and I put some scrap felt deep into the opening so I wouldn't lose any pins. I found it's natural center by laying it down and seeing how it fell with the opening at the top, then I glued a magnet at the widest point of that line. The needles slide into place at the bottom of the shell, which is a bonus - no chance of getting pricked as I choose one!