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Needle Case Tutorial

Craft, Sewing, Textiles, Tutorialsmadebymrsm
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A couple of months ago I took a needle case kit from Mollie Makes and turned it into a pincushion (see the post here) and to be fair, I'm using it a lot. I did really rather quickly realise however that I was in dire need of something to keep my needles in after all. I kept loosing them and they were scattered all over my studio.

So, I set about making a needle case. This took me all of 20 minutes so there's no excuse! I made mine on the machine, but as it's fairly small, you could easily hand stitch one in front of the telly.

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You will need:

Two pieces of fabric measuring 29cm x 11.cm - I used contrasting fabrics - my South Bank design in pink on the outside and a Liberty print floral for the lining.

Two pieces of felt measuring 21cm x 8.5cm - again I used contrasting colours.

Sewing machine (or needle if hand stitching) and thread.

Pins.

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Take the two pieces of fabric, place them face together and pin around the outside, leaving a small gap for turning through. Then stitch together with a 1cm seam allowance.

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Tie off the ends and trim the corners.

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Then turn the right way around and give it a good press. Pop a couple of small stitches in to close the gap.

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Place the case face down and position your two pieces of felt on top - measure to check that they're central and pin.

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Stitch down this centre line.

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Then give the whole thing a good press, and you've finished!

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If you have masses of needles, you could make more pages - you could even use a whole selection of different coloured felts.

I considered making a fastening for the case, but decided against it as I want to be able to get into it one handed if necessary (when I'm multitasking!!) but you could easily add one by stitching a loop of ribbon into one of the side seams when you sew the fabric pieces together and then popping a button on the front.

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