Needle Holder Tutorial

Well, I promised that I would do a tutorial to make a needle holder, and I finally got it done!  I needed to finish my maker swap gift to send out tomorrow, and I had a giveaway last week to get out, so I have finally caught up this weekend!

Needle Holder

Needle Holder

So here it is.  I left this one pretty simple.  I love red polka dots!   And I think that the rick rack adds to it.  Anyhow, I did the instructions directed to more of a beginner sewer, but of course these would make great gifts for anyone to make, or make one for yourself!

Materials:

scraps of material (or fat quarters) at least 4″ in length and 9″ in width (or however large you want to make it) for outside and lining

Piece of flannel the same size as the outside fabric (this will be interfacing)

felt or flannel for the pages (slightly smaller piece than the cover pieces

1 snap set

trim if desired (rick rack, piping, lace)

walking foot for your sewing machine

Start by cutting your outside and lining pieces of fabric to desired size + 1/2″ all around for seam allowance.  I cut mine about 4 1/2″ x 8″.

Cut the flannel interfacing about 1/4″ larger all around.  I do this to assure that the edges of the flannel are caught in the seam as I sew around the edges.  This will be trimmed later.

Cut the lining, interfacing and cover fabrics.

Cut the lining, interfacing and cover fabrics.

Next, if you are adding trim, pin the trim on the right side of the fabric you are using for the outside.  Start at what will be the center bottom, and make sure that the beginning and ending edges of the trim will be caught inside. Set the trim so that you will be sewing about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric.

Pin on the edging

Pin on the edging

Next, sew on the edging, making sure that you sew about 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric. Note:  if you are sewing on piping, use a zipper foot and sew next to the edge of the piping.  If you line the flat edge of the piping along the edge of the fabric, you should be about 1/4″ from the edge.

Sew on edging.

Sew on edging.

After the edging is sewn on, layer your other pieces together to sew.  Use this order, flannel interfacing on the bottom, the lining with the right side up on top of the interfacing, and the outside of the cover with the right side down toward the lining.

Layer the pieces, starting with the interfacing, lining, outer cover

Layer the pieces, starting with the interfacing, lining, outer cover

Lining right side up on the interfacing

Lining right side up on the interfacing

Outside case, right side down, on top of lining.

Outside case, right side down, on top of lining.

Here you can see that the edging is beginning and ending inside the seam allowance.  This will be trimmed later.

Pin and sew all layers together, following the sewing line from adding the trim.  If you didn’t use any trim, just sew 1/4″ from the edge of the fabric, pivoting around the corners, all of the way around.  Make sure that you leave about a 2″ opening to turn the cover right side out.

Leave about 2" opening to turn right side out.

Leave about 2″ opening to turn right side out.

Check all the way around to make sure you caught all three layers in the seam.  I then like to turn the cover right side out and check that all of the trim has been caught in all the sewing, and check for even sewing all the way around.  If you do this part, turn it back inside out and trim the corners and the seams down, being careful not to clip into the sewing in the seam.

Clip your seams and the corners.

Clip your seams and the corners.

If you did piping instead of rick rack or another edging, you may need to clip the corners.

Clip the corners of the trim

Clip the corners of the trim

Now, turn right side out.

Turn right side out throught the opening you left.

Turn right side out throught the opening you left.

Opening after turning.

Opening after turning.

Do any adjustments to the edging now.  You may need to flatten out the seams, and pull out the corners until they are all the way out.  Next, press the outside;

Press the outside

Then flip it over and press the lining in the same way.  Make sure that you tuck in the seam allowance of the opening on the bottom, so that it can be sewn closed.

Press the lining

Press the lining

Now slip stitch the opening closed.  Make sure that you make a lot of small stitches that don’t show through on either side.  Try to catch fabric inside the seam, not the outside cover or lining.

Slip stitch the opening closed

Slip stitch the opening closed

Next, cut the flannel or felt for the pages to hold the needles.  Measure so that the pages are about 1/2′ shorter on each side.

Cut the felt about 1/2" shorter all the way around.

Cut the felt about 1/2″ shorter all the way around.

Next, on the inside of the cover, find and mark the center on the top and bottom.

Mark the center for the placement of the pages.

Mark the center for the placement of the pages.

Now, mark the pages in the center, so that you can match the cover and the pages evenly.

Mark the center of the pages.

Mark the center of the pages.

Lay the pages on the top of the cover, on the lining side, matching up the marks you made for the center of each one.  Pin down the pages to keep them from shifting while you sew.

Match center markings and pin down the pages for sewing.

Match center markings and pin down the pages for sewing.

If you have a walking foot for your machine, put it on now.  The walking foot keeps the layers from shifting.  If you don’t have a walking foot, see if you can adjust the presser foot pressure.  If you can lessen the pressure, it will help with the fabric shifting.

Sew down the middle of the pages, through all of the layers.  Make sure that you back stitch a couple of stitches at the beginning and ending of the pages to give them extra support.

Sew through all layers with a walking foot on your machine.

Sew through all layers with a walking foot on your machine.

After the pages are sewn in.
After the pages are sewn in.

Now it is time to sew on a snap for a closure on the inside of the needle holder.  Turn the needle holder so that the side edges are on the top and bottom, and measure and mark the center of each end.

Measure and mark each side end for snap position.

Measure and mark each side end for snap position.

Sew on the snap ends, making sure that you only catch the lining with the thread.  You don’t want the sewing from the snaps to show on the outside of the case.

After the snaps are sewn on.

After the snaps are sewn on.

Next, fold the case in half, hook the snaps, and press the outside of the needle holder.

Fold the needle holder, snap together, and press the outside.

Fold the needle holder, snap together, and press the outside.

Now you can embellish the outside further if you’d like.

You can add buttons...

You can add buttons…

More buttons....

More buttons….

Or other embellishments…..

Applique a felt heart....

Applique a felt heart….

Here is another one;

Floral Needle Holder

Floral Needle Holder

Or leave it the way it is…..

Or leave it as is.....

Or leave it as is…..

Remember, if you want you can do some embellishments before assembling your needle holder.  Applique or embroidery would look great to personalize these.

Great gift idea!  Make several for friends that sew, embroider, cross-stitch etc.

2 responses to “Needle Holder Tutorial

  1. I love this project! I would love to make these for gifts and swaps, so thank you for the tutorial! Your red polka dot example is adorable.

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