Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Little Needle Case

I decided to take some time this past weekend to make myself a wee little needle book.  

It's small enough to fit in the palm of my hand
how cute!

I like to keep my needles in my floss case so it had to be small enough to fit flat under the lid. 
 I was keeping them on a scrap of fabric but as I added more it started to look like this  
It was driving me absolutely crazy

To make it I started with two pieces of linen, one black for the outside and natural for the lining

they are around 5 x 2.5 inches 
They are a bit wonky because I didn't pay close enough attention to the grain of the fabric and I didn't  measure

I put a bit of fusible interfacing to the back of the black to keep it nice and flat, then added a bit of embroidery detail.

Sew the two parts, right sides together, turn, press, close the hole, and add some blanket stitching to the edges.
I only used one piece of felt for the inside to keep it small and not too bulky but I did add some ribbon to slip the needles under, that way you can put needles on both sides of the felt without showing on the opposite side. To attach the felt I just hand stitched right down the middle, the only part I used my machine for was sewing the black and natural together.  Add a little tie and that's it, a sweet little needle case. 
No more needle mayhem.


Jan Conwell said...

'Cause needle mayhem is a bad bad thing.

Your needle case is beautiful...and your post cracked me up because I have a scrap of fabric with needles jockeying for position just like that. Sort of snarly to the touch.

I have a beautiful beaded one, but it's just too big to be handy. Hmph. Maybe I'll make one too!

Heather M. said...

It is very cute! I like the idea of the ribbon so you can use both sides, because I like to have a lot of needles handy for the different size threads I use. I just made one, but maybe I'll make another soon, like yours.

Anonymous said...

I was over at another blog just a minute ago saying, "I really must make a needlebook" and here you are giving instructions - now there is no excuse for my needle mayhem.

Heather said...

What a beautiful needle case! Or pin safe as I've heard them call too. Very sweet...love the black and white. Well done!~

Madiee Belanger said...

Ok i was just blown away by the cuteness of this.

Abi Makes said...

just found this and it inspired me to make my own! pics here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/needle-case-diy.html