I finally made myself a sewing needle case after I trod on a needle I’d dropped on the carpet. Ouch!! But it could have been so much worse. It could very easily have been my son with a needle in his foot … it was definitely time for action.
I’d put off making a needle case for myself for far too long!
I’ve been making them for friends for years, so it was pretty dim not to have whizzed one up for myself too. Spurred on by my ‘accident’ I wanted to make something pretty but useful. The only problem was that I got a bit carried away and couldn’t stop with just one!
I was totally thrilled with how these little needle cases turned out and that my needles are now all safely stored away where I can find them easily. There’s no danger of any more toes with needles in them in my house!!
I usually use my trusty old Singer sewing machine to make these needle cases, as it’s incredibly quick and easy to make them.
Sometimes though I like to do things the old-fashioned way
Here’s a cute little sewing needle case I made by hand, using running stitch instead of machine top stitching. I also added an applique denim heart with a contrasting bow and a button.
I couldn’t resist adding an applique butterfly and love how the cheery yellow and orange felt contrasts with the dotty blue fabric I lined the needle case with. How will you decorate yours?
How to make your own sewing needle case
- 2 rectangles of fabric (I use cotton/used denim) 20cm x 13cm
- 1 rectangle of felt/lightweight wadding 20cm x 13cm
- 2 rectangles of felt to match/contrast with your fabric 14cm x 8cm
- scissors/rotary cutter and cutting mat
- 1 button
- 8cm white cord elastic (if you can’t find cord elastic, or want a fun closure for your needle book, use a covered elastic hair tie!)
Using your fabric right side up, mark the centre of one of the short sides of your fabric rectangle. Form a loop with your cord elastic, pinning it in place at the centre mark, with the ‘tails’ of the loop on the edge of the fabric and the loop facing inwards.
Slowly (!) stitch the elastic to the fabric, sewing just inside your 1.5cm seam allowance (so this stitching will be invisible). I like to stitch the elastic at least 4 times to make sure it is really secure.
Place your first fabric rectangle wrong side down onto your work surface, then lay your 2nd fabric rectangle on top of this piece, so you have right sides together.
Lay the largest felt rectangle (20cm x 14cm) on to of your 2 fabric rectangles.
Pin the 3 layers together and stitch around, leaving a gap of about 6cm for turning. I like to mark the gap with crossed pins, so I don’t forget to leave the gap!
Snip the corners off and trim away any excess fabric. Remove the remaining pins.
Gently ease the ‘inside’ fabric through the gap, in order to turn the needle case to the right side.
Top stitch all the way around the outside of the needle case, making sure to secure the gap closed with your stitching. The good news is that you don’t need to worry about slip stitching the opening closed, as your top-stitching will secure the gap for you.
It’s important to pay attention to your stitching when going over the elastic, as this area is a bit thicker than the rest of the fabric. I usually slow right down to do this bit very carefully!
Mark the centre of the needle case and line up with the centre of your 2 remaining felt rectangles, then pin the ‘pages’ into place, along the ‘spine’ of the book. Once you’re confident that your pages are nice and straight, machine stitch them into place.
Finish off your needle book with a cheery button. I couldn’t resist this little white button with flecks of green and pink to go with this needle book. I found it in my ever-expanding button stash!
What’s next …
You don’t need to worry if you’re short of time and really want a sewing needle case right now, as I’m selling these in my Etsy store. It all helps to make pennies to pay for little extras for the teen!