NEEDLE CASE PATTERN





Needle case

Needle case

 

My usual method of storing needles is to poke them into whatever spool of thread is nearest.  That’s fine until I forget it’s there and prick myseld when I pick the thread up.  So I decided that a needle case would be a good idea.  Did you know that according to Wikipedia another name for a needle case is etui.  Apparently it’s very popular as a crossword clue.

 

Fabric requirements for the needle case

Two panels of nine squares

Two panels of nine squares

 

For the outside of the needle case I used eighteen 1.1/22 squares.  You’ll also need rectangles 6.1/2″ by 3.1/2″ of backing fabric and wadding as well as a rectangle 5.1/22 by 2.1/2″ of felt.  It’s best if both the wadding and felt are made from wool as this helps preserve the needles – I think it’s something to do with the lanolin in the wool.

 

Making the needle case

Sew the squares in rows

Sew the squares in rows

Make two nine patch units

Make two nine patch units

 

Sew the squares together in rows of three and then sew three rows together to make two nine patch units.  Sew these together to make one rectangle 6.1/22 by 3.1/2″.

 

Layer the fabrics

Layer the fabrics

Clip the corners

Clip the corners

Lay down the patchwork rectangle with right side up.  Lay the lining on top with right side down and lay the wadding on top.  Sew round three edges leaving one short edge open, forming a pouch.  Clip the corners which have been sewn and turn the pouch right side out.

 

Stitch the gap closed

Stitch the gap closed

Quilt the needle case

Quilt the needle case

Turn under a 1/4″ seam on the open end and slipstitch it closed.  Sew around the edge of the needle case about 1/42 from the edge.  Then sew along the seams between the rows of patchwork.  this helps the needle case keep its shape.

 

Lay the felt on the needle case lining

Lay the felt on the needle case lining

Two lines of stitching down the spine

Two lines of stitching down the spine

 

Lay the felt on the lining side of the rectangle and sew up and down the middle.  it’s probably best to do this twice for extra strength.  This is the spine of the needle book.

 

Several pages of needles

Several pages of needles

 

That’s the needle case complete.  You have several pages for the needles so if you are ultra organised you could even have one page for quilting needles, one for embroidery needles and so one.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thank you for this. I really need one of these. Gonna whip it up tonight.

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