I saw a little linen needle case online, it was at Not on the High Street and I liked it but I just couldn't bring myself to pay £12 for something that I could make myself, especially as I had all the supplies to hand. So I made myself a new needle case and I have to say I love it!
This is how I did it:
- Lining Fabric
- Scraps of fabric for applique
- Ribbon or twill
- Tiny button
- Needle, thread and sewing machine
- Cut a template from printer paper the size required for the finished project. Mine was 6" x 4" and that included seam allowances of 1/4".
- Use the template to cut one piece from Graziano Milano linen (cover) and another from some red and cream checked wool fabric (lining).
- Cut a piece of batting 3/4" smaller all around than the linen cover.
- Cut two lengths of ribbon or twill to create your closure (5" each).
- Cut out a little house (Square, triangle, heart and little rectangle for the chimney) from some bond-a-web.
- Peel off one side of the bond-a-web paper backing and ironed onto pieces of fabric. Cut around them to get the applique shapes.
- The next stage is to use a piece of calico and an alphabet stitch on a sewing machine (mine is a Bernette 92c) to create the 'Needles' label. Attach the label to some bond-a-web.
- Cut out some pieces of felt for the inside of the needle case (2 rectangles slightly smaller than the outer linen piece).
- Assembling the little project is simple.
- Iron the applique into place by removing the second piece of paper backing and position them onto the front of the needle case.
- Use either a straight or zig zag stitch to sew around the edges of the applique pieces.
- Sew a tiny button onto the heart
- Once everything is ironed into place lay down your lining fabric right side up, place your ribbon as shown in the diagram and then lay your linen piece right side down (so both right sides of fabric are touching) sew around the edge using a quarter inch seam making sure to catch the ribbon in the seam. Leave a 2" gap on one of the long sides and turn the right way out.
- Ease the piece of batting into place between the two layers making sure it is laying flat.
- Stitch up the opening using a ladder stitch (Great tutorial on YouTube).
- Finally pin the inner felt pages into place and stitch them onto your little needle book by running a machine stitch right through the centre. Remember to back stitch at the beginning and end for added strength.
Enjoy your needle book :)