Thursday, 7 August 2014

Simple Felt Needle Case

This is a tutorial for my Simple Felt Needle Case that first appeared in February as a guest post at Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
How to make an easy felt needle case
One of my work friends confessed a little while ago that she only had one needle in her house. One needle, how is that possible? I must have hundreds! What if she looses it? I was very worried for her so I made her a quick little felt needle case with a few extra's in it. I feel better knowing she will be ok now!

It was pretty easy and cute. Would you like to have a go? Here's how:

What you need to make an easy felt needle case

You will need:

Felt (I used 3 different colours but you can use whatever you like)
embroidery thread, 2 little buttons, this pattern and a sharp needle!

Cut out your felt pieces.


I chose for the darker orange to be the outside so attached the flower and one button as marked on the pattern.

step 1 to make an easy felt needle case

The other side looked like this (but it won't be seen so it doesn't matter):
How to make an easy felt needle case

Now layer the other main piece on the wrong side, lining up carefully and pin in place.
How to make an easy felt needle case

How to make an easy felt needle case

Using 3 of the 6 strands of the embroidery thread, blanket stitch around these two layers.
How to make an easy felt needle case

When I get back to the beginning I just do a little oversew stitch to join. I did take lots of pictures of how to blanket stitch but they didn't come out! There is a good tutorial from futuregirl here if you need a bit of help.
How to make an easy felt needle case

Now fold your middle section in half and pin in position where marked on the pattern.
How to make an easy felt needle case

How to make an easy felt needle case
The eagle eyed will notice that in the photo I have positioned mine on the other side. It wasn't till I'd finished that I thought it would be better if this opened like a book!

Using the 3 strands of embroidery thread again, stitch along the pinned line to hold the "pages" in place. 

How to make an easy felt needle case
You are going through 3 layers of felt here so you might find it easier to stab right through to the other side and pull the thread right through for each stitch, that way you get nice even stitches on both sides. I think this is a stab stitch but don't quote me!
How to make an easy felt needle case

Carry on round the whole "square". Hard to describe, the picture shows this best.
How to make an easy felt needle case

How to make an easy felt needle case

Now it just needs the loop fastening. Fold the case up to a square like the photo below (sides in, bottom up, top down!) and using all 6 strands of the embroidery thread this time, come up from the inside where marked on the pattern/shown on the photo below. Don't pull the thread right through, leave an end. Then go round the button and back down just next to where you came up.
How to make an easy felt needle case

Come back up with the thread to the right side and use it to sew the 2nd button on.
How to make an easy felt needle case

On the reverse, tie the ends in a double knot.
The knot looked a bit messy so I covered it with another little felt flower with a few stitches to hold it in place and make a centre.
How to make an easy felt needle case

Pop a few needles in and your done!

How to make an easy felt needle case

How to make an easy felt needle case

How to make an easy felt needle case

Simple and easy. This would be perfect for children or beginner sewers, or the more advanced could put a lot more fancy embroidery on it.
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63 comments:

  1. so lovely!!! thank you for sharing! =)

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  2. Really cute! thanks for the tutorial :)

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  3. This needle case is so lovely! Definitely going to make one! Pinning it! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Lilia, it's a very quick little project, I hope you enjoy making and using it.

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  4. Hi Julie, what a lovely case! Just pinned! Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Ana, your embroidery creations are lovely so that means a lot.

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  5. This case is so beautiful,love it!!!

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  6. Very cute, Thank you for sharing this awesome tutorial.

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  7. Awe, I'm gonna make some for my nieces:) Pinning

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    1. An experiences sewer like you Michele will be able to whip these up in no time.

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  8. This is so cute! I need to make one for myself!
    - Jennie
    Come join my linkup and share!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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  9. This is the absolute perfect stocking stuffer for my mom who is an avid sewer.

    The problem is, Julia, I did not inherit that gene, and am therefore liable to screw up the simplest of projects. I think I still have the courage to try this, though...

    xo

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    1. Good Luck! Just take your time and keep it simple. I'm sure you will be just fine!

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  10. So cute! My daughter is reading along with me, and she wants to try this. Thanks for the great tutorial. :)

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    1. I think it would be a great beginner/less experienced sewers project - I would have enjoyed making this when I was little!

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  11. Very cute little needle case and beautifully summery colours!

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  12. What a super little project, perfect for carrying around. Xx

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  13. How adorable...I love the cheery orange and yellow felt! Thank you for the tutorial--both the photos and the text are excellent.: ) Thank you, too, for including the link to futuregirl's very helpful blanket stitch tutorial. I desperately need a needle case, and I would love to be able to make my own! xoxo

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about my tutorial - sometimes it's really difficult to put things into words - which is why I take loads of photos!
      The futuregirl tutorial for blanket stitch is so good I could not have done anything better - why invent mediocrity when you can link to excellence!

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  14. Aww what a cute idea :) Fantastic photos too, really clear, thank you! x

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  15. This is such a cute project. It would be fun to make with my niece the next time she visits.

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    1. It didn't take too long to make so I'm sure it will be perfect for a young person to make. It's nice to have a sense of accomplishment when starting out crafting, isn't it?

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  16. This is a really nice project. Would be a lovely gift for someone starting out with sewing.

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  17. That is a good idea, and cute too. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. BOOKMARKED! I think I could do this! Cuuuute!

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  19. I love the step by Step instructions here, really well done and a great finished result

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  20. Julie - this is awesome! We'd love to have you link it up with the Caffeinated Crafters this week!

    www.chaosandlove.com/tuesday-link-party-11/

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    1. Thanks Jessica, I'll pop over and have a look.

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  21. Woohoo!! So glad you linked this up the best from your blog this week at our Bewitchin Projects block party! Be sure to come back again on Sunday starting at 6am EST over at OurMiniFamily.com to link up your projects again--the linky party runs from Sunday to Thursday each week :D



    ~Cathy Mini~

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  22. I really like this colorful project. This would make a nifty little gift.

    http://fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/

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    1. Handy for keeping in your desk or handbag for emergency repairs too - maybe a good stocking filler (ahhh what am I doing, it's August - no talking about Christmas for at least a month or two!!!)

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  23. So adorable! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  24. So simple and sweet. Love it! Found you on the sits girls linky (I'm #158). Adorable!

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  25. This is darling and sweet and a fabulous tutorial! AND it's today's feature on Inspire Us Thursday! Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Wow Ren, that's so exciting, thanks for stopping by to let me know.

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  26. Great tutorial, and so glad you rescued your freind from a potential disaster! Only one needle.....stuff of nightmares.

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  27. I just LOVE the bright colors of this project and the blanket stitch. So beautiful! I have maybe...five...needles in my house, so I might be in a little better place than your friend : )

    Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

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    1. Thanks Megan. Only five, I am a little worried about you too......
      I have dozens, I don't know where they all come from, I think they must multiply in the pin cushion!

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  28. A super cute needle case, Julia!!! Love the simplicity of it and the bright colours. Fancy only having one needle... LOL!!!

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    1. I think those of us who sew a lot and have dozens of pincushions and cases stuffed with needles find it hard to believe - I know I did!

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  29. Adorable! This is such an awesomely fun activity! Thank you for sharing your post with The Natural Homeschool and The Life of Jennifer Dawn Linky Party. :) See you next Wednesday! :)

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  30. I love the simplicity of this needle case! Plus, it has the capability for so much individuality with felt colors. Thanks for stopping by Creative Spark!

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    1. Thank you Kristy. You are so right, the possibilities are endless, you could make it as simple or fancy as you like.

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  31. That's so sweet - would be a lovely project with children once they are a bit more sewing-literate! I found you via Handmade Harbour :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Vicky (lurve Handmade Harbour!)

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  32. I love working with felt. Your needle case turned out so cute! Found you via your feature on SITS congrats.
    Thanks for sharing how to. Pinning for later. Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. Thanks Theresa, I love felt too, I tend to forget how much fun it is until I'm making something again and half way through think "why don't I do this more often"!

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  33. What a fun idea! I don't think I could live with just one needle either. ;) Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday, come again!
    -Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

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    1. I know Leia, it's shocking isn't it?! (and yes, I'd be happy to)

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  34. Thanks for sharing this, I made one too!
    http://creativechaosart.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/felt-needle-case.html
    Helen x

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    1. Wow, yours is lovely - like mine only with a few design improvements! I feel so proud, you've made my day. Thank you so much for letting me know.

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  35. I absolutely love this! My sewing needles are in a tiny Ziploc bag and I've been poked one too many times! Pinning :)

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  36. Julie, this is a wonderful project that I am going to make soon! I'm featuring this at the Retro Re-Pin Party starting Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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  37. Cute as a button! Pinned it. In my life, it will be a fairy purse for a granddaughter and me to make together. I couldn't help but laugh at the dear friend who had only one needle! But then one of my adult daughters went without SCISSORS in her house for the longest time until I bought her a few pairs! How can someone live without needles and scissors? We crafty ladies would go nuts!

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    1. Awh, a fairy purse sounds like a fabulous idea!
      And yes, my poor poor friend with just one needle and your poor daughter with no scissors - honestly how do these people manage?!

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  38. Thank you for sharing this with us all. This is so cute, I'm going to make a few for my sister in law and nieces, it would make great Christmas add ins for little gifts.

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