Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Needle case tutorial

I can't believe I put off making this for so long, thinking it would be difficult. It was easy! So here it is for all of you......

You'll need:
Cotton fabric for cover measuring 12 x 6 inches. Also a piece of this fabric measuring 5.5 x 4.5 inches for the pocket
Contrasting fabric measuring 12 x 6 inches
Wadding measuring the same
Piece of felt or doctors flannel measuring 4 x 5 inches



Fold the two large pieces of fabric in half widthways and press, open out again.
Overlock (serge) all edges of the pocket piece. Fold all these edges in once and press them down. Pin the pocket to the right side of the contrast fabric (for the inside of the needle case) to the left of the middle fold ( see where I'm pointing). Pin the piece of felt to the right of the fold.




Pin the wadding piece to the wrong side of the cover fabric.




Sew around all sides, then sew 2 parallel lines down the middle, either side of the middle fold.




On the inside piece, sew 3 sides of the pocket, leaving the top open (it won't be a pocket if you sew it closed!) Then sew (I've used a machine blanket stitch) across the top of the felt.




Lay the cover piece on top of the interior piece with right sides facing. Sew around 3 sides, leaving one end open for turning. Snip off all the corners and turn right way out, poking out the corners (use a knitting needle if needed). Now, fold in the raw edges of the end and press. Topstitch around the outside of the case, stopping when you come to the middle rows of stitching, skip over these, then keep sewing around. Give the whole thing a good press and you're done!!




Here is the finished outside which would look lovely with a ribbon tied in the middle. I don't have one handy, but if you do you may want to use it!




And here is the interior. Now you won't have to go searching and growling for your needles!




I hope you like this tutorial and find it easy, but if not, please let me know if changes would be beneficial. Thankyou!

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