Sunday, 4 January 2009

Making needle cases (wallet style) - using scraps

I made a dozen of these needle cases as gifts. You will need 2 pieces of fabric, firm-textured cotton batting scraps, a small piece of Hook and Loop tape or a snap and a button. You can always click on any of the images for a good close-up look.

They were very easy to make. These are my own design and would work well with the thimble holders I have designed in the past.

Choose both an inner and outer fabric, cut each 5" by 8 1/2". Place both pieces, right sides together, and sew all around (1/4" seam allowance) leaving about 2" open for turning right side out.

Notice my work space, good background entertainment. I especially love "Babylon 5" DVDs, or if not then it would be CSI, Peter Mansbridge or Strombo. I do have more Battlestar Gallactica to watch and Santa left me a 21-DVD gift pack of James Bond. There will be lots of sewing done to that series.

This is a great opportunity to use the cut-off edges from previously made quilts (yes I save it all). Find a piece approximately 4 1/4" by 7 3/4" (this stuff will always come in handy).

Lay the batting within your stitching line; turn the piece inside out, capturing the batting to the inside and making sure it is well tucked into the corners. Carefully push out the corner points (without poking through the stitches or making a hole in the corner). Gently press flat and topstitch all the way around, closing the gap in stitching.

Fold the wallet into thirds and mark the fold lines with chalk or finger press the creases to indicate where they are. Note where the pieces of Hook and Loop tape (or snaps) need to be in order to secure the wallet closed. The Hook tape will be sewn to the inner fabric near the far right edge, the Loop tape should be sewn to the outer fabric where it meets the Hook tape when folded.

At the fold line near the Hook tape (the right hand fold line) sew a line of straight stitches to emphasize the crease when folded.

Cut 2 pieces of batting approximately 3 3/4" by 5". Fold in half along the 3 3/4" width, match this fold to the left side crease and stitch these in place across the fold. Back stitch at both ends. Trim the pieces of batting so they appear even when folded together like the pages of a book.

Add a button to cover the outer stitching of the Hook tape.
These are easy scrap busters and should only take about 30 minutes to make.

1 comment :

  1. Those look like fun, I'll have to try some!


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