My mummy’s sewing needle case

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  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

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Oooh, this is lovely. I’ve been meaning to make myself a needle holder for ages now — will have to give this a go.

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  2. It’s fab Lucie! Lovely gift 😃

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  3. Happy birthday to your mum. I’m sure she’ll be thrilled with such a pretty and charming gift 🙂

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  4. You can never have enough needle cases – or Liberty fabric – around the place.
    I’m sure your Mum will be chuffed with her gift.

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  5. I love the idea of stamping the fabric. It looks fantastic!

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  6. This is such a cute idea and the liberty fabric is stunning!

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  7. Joyful Art Stuff

    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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    • 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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  8. Really special. Those letters make it look so proffesional.

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  9. oohh.. this is such a neat idea.. 😀 thank you for the tutorial.

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  10. What a lovely gift! I love the little letter set, what a good idea. The fabric is gorgeous x

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    • 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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  11. Love that Liberty fabric – I have bought it a couple of times online. Going to the Liberty store in London is definitely on my to-do list though!

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  12. This is a lovely birthday present (Happy belated Birthday to your Mum)

    Jan x

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  13. It’s beautiful, I love the fabric you’ve used and thanks for sharing how to make it.

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  14. It’s a lovely case you created. The fabric is so special. I loved visited Liberty!

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  15. Such a great tutorial! Happy Birthday Mum! x

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