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Needle Case ~ Free Tutorial ~ how to make your own needle case

February 29, 2012

With my newfound addiction to all things sewing, I thought it was about time I had a decent place to keep my needles (instead of shoving them into the thread on a bobbin), so made this little needle case with some left over fabric and felt. Nothing too fancy and does the job, but I love it.


Easy tutorial for a Needle Case

Materials Needed

main fabric for body (I used 15 x 24cm including seams)
inside fabric for body (I used 15 x 24cm including seams)
2x (or more) thick felt for middle leaves (I used 10cm x 20cm for each leaf)
small length of ribbon (I used 10cm)
fabric scissors
pinking shears (optional)

Cut all the fabrics to size. I used pinking shears for the felt leaves just for decorative effect. 

Pin the felt leaves in place on the inner fabric and stitch them widthways across the centre. 


Felt leaves stitched in the middle.

Fold the ribbon in half and pin the folded end of the ribbon in place on one edge of the outer fabric. The ribbon needs to be pinned in towards the centre of the fabric as you will turn the case later.

Ribbon loop for button


Place the main fabric and the inside fabrics together (right sides together) and pin in place.

Stitch around the edge of the fabric with a 1cm seam, leaving a 5cm gap for turning. I find that it’s easiest if you leave the gap on the opposite side to the ribbon.

Double stitch over the ribbon to secure.  

Trim corners before turning.

Pulling the ribbon through the gap, turn the case the right way round. Use a chopstick to get the corners sharp.

Close the case and make a mark where your button should go.

Sew the button in place before stitching the needle case closed.

If you want, you can iron the needle case flat, making sure the open seams are folded in to match where you’ve sewn them.

‘Blind stitch’ the gap closed. Use a ladder stitch: this is where you thread the needle along and inside the fold of one fabric (almost as if it’s going along a tunnel of fabric), stitch across to the other side of the gap, and continue, in a ‘ladder’ fashion until the gap is closed. Knot the thread and insert the needle further along the seam (between the two fabrics), pushing the knot through the stitched seam. Pull the needle out of the fabric, cut the thread and the knot should now be secure in between the two main fabrics and out of sight.

Pop your pins and needles into the felt leaves, loop the ribbon around the button and, ta daaah, you’re done! Made By Yours Truly! Admire your work and sit back with a nice cuppa or a wee tipple of your choice.

Inside view


4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 11:42

    That reminds me of the needle case my grandma showed me how to make years ago, but it looks much nicer than my effort. I hadn’t even thought of putting a button on it.

    p.s how could you give up chocolate for lent!

    • March 2, 2012 12:55

      Thank you. The button seemed sensible as there are lots of little inquisitive fingers in this house!
      And giving up chocolate isn’t easy, but I’m determined not to be asked if I’m pregnant again (I’m not!). 😀


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