My mummy’s sewing needle case

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Isn’t this lovely liberty print fabric to die for? It reminds me of a day spent with my daughter last summer when we caught a train to London for a tour of Buckingham Palace and made our first visit to the famous Liberty store.
I came back and ran up a sewing needle case.27th January 2014 047 I love to make items that I regularly use with materials that mean things to me. My mum spotted it at Christmas and asked for one of her own so this time I recorded all the steps.

In fact today is her birthday! So if Β today is still the 8th February she may be opening this right now!

Sewing needle case tutorial
My original case measured approximately 4 inches by 5 inches.
Sewing needle case tutorial

Sewing needle case tutorial
I measured out a piece of fabric 17 inches by 6 inches, 1/2 inch allowance for seams.
Sewing needle case tutorial

Sewing needle case tutorial
I ironed a piece of medium weight iron-on interfacing across the wrong side of the fabric.
Sewing needle case tutorial
I then measured out my felt. 2 layers of felt 7 inches by 4 inches. I will use my pinking shears along the edges of my felt but find it a lot easier to cut the sides straight first.
Sewing needle case tutorial

Sewing needle case tutorial
Folding my liberty print fabric in half, right sides together, I sewed along the top and the bottom and down the remaining open size, leaving a gap for turning.
Sewing needle case tutorial
I turned my piece the right way around and pressed it with an iron before over stitching around the whole rectangle about 5mm from the edge.This also closed up the hole I left for turning so no hand sewing was required!
Sewing needle case tutorial

Don’t forget to insert a little piece of elastic within the open side before running backwards and forwards with the machine to securely ‘trap’ it.Sewing needle case tutorial

I pinned my felt into the centre and just ran right across with my machine
Sewing needle case tutorial
To finish off, using my cheap letter set (for pennies off amazon) I printed ‘needles’ using a washable textile stamping pad, onto a piece of calico and stitched it into place.
Sewing needle case tutorial
Don’t forget a button!
Sewing needle case tutorial
And voila!!
Sewing needle case tutorial
A lovely useful little make. I hope she likes it!

Love, Lucie xx

34 comments

  1. what a great gift for your Mum! thanks for sharing how to make this, i might make myself one as my needles are all over the place in their original packaging

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    1. That was exactly my trouble! I would also end up with lots of bent needles, as I pushed them into the side of the cotton reel after use. It only took me an hour. Exactly the sort of project I like!

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    1. Thanks. I love using mine too. And seeing that it is usually left out it’s nice to have something more attractive than just a needle stuck in a cotton reel just waiting for a victim;)

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