Is this thing darling, or what??
I don't know about you, but I'm always digging around in my sewing box for a needle. Ripped seam, popped button, (heaven forbid I actually have to hand sew something, but it happens. I do so love my sewing machine...).
My needles are usually on my magnetic pin cushion, but they are hard to find (insert joke about needle in a haystack) and I'd rather have the needles in their own, designated place.
I first saw one of these types of needle holders at my friend's house. She's had it for a while, and loves hers! I made myself a pattern, and it was a fun project.
Turns out, it was a very similar project to a needle case that Khris from Sew Prim Khris posted on her blog a few years ago. If you'd like the pattern and tutorial, head on over to her blog to see how she made it.
When I made mine, it came out in more of a heart shape, so if you'd like a copy of the shape I used, feel free to email me.
To make it stiff, I used fusible batting and ironed it to one of my fabric pieces, because I sewed around mine and left a hole for turning. Interfacing or fusible fleece would also work for this method. With 3 kids, I'm happy if I don't have to make an extra trip to the fabric store - so I always search around for something I have on hand that might work!
To easily know where I was sewing the felt down, I used a disappearing ink fabric pen (or a really light pencil mark would work) and a ruler to make lines between opposite inward points.
In order to make it fold properly I ironed the folds. This really helped me when trying to make that nice folded shape at the end. If you start by placing the tab up, fold the flower shape diagonally to one side and iron, and then fold it diagonally the other way and iron. It will be folded along the sewn lines when done this way.
For the closure, I used a small piece of Velcro on the end of the tab (again, used what I had on hand!), and a decorative button over it. You could even use a functioning button with a button hole if you don't have Velcro handy...
Awesome! Now, I have this great fabric needle holder - with the needles securely in the felt, no lost needles because it folds it up into a cute little bundle for safekeeping.
This is such a quick project, you'll want to make a few for your friends. And they will love them too! I think I might make some of these as Christmas presents (too soon? ;) )
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