Is this thing darling, or what??
I don't know about you, but I'm always digging around in my sewing box for a needle. Ripped seam, popped button, (heaven forbid I actually have to hand sew something, but it happens. I do so love my sewing machine...).
My needles are usually on my magnetic pin cushion, but they are hard to find (insert joke about needle in a haystack) and I'd rather have the needles in their own, designated place.
Now, I have this cute little fabric needle holder! This is a quick solution, totally portable, giftable, and super simple to make!
So here is the tutorial:
Print off the Fold-up Fabric Needle Holder pattern by clicking the link to the PDF.
The larger shape, with the tab, should be cut out and traced onto the wrong side of your choice of fabric. You'll need two of these pieces. One of the two pieces will need something ironed on to make it more stiff -- so before you cut the fabric, iron onto the backside: interfacing, fusible fleece, or fusible batting. Whatever you've got handy.
With the smaller flower shape, trace and cut a piece of felt in whatever color you'd like.
Pin the two fabric pieces right sides together. Sew with 1/4" seam allowance all the way around, but leave one side of the tab open for turning. It's a tight fit, but it's nice to leave that straight edge for turning (see picture above).
Once it is turned right side out:
poke out all the corners/edges,
press with an iron,
tuck in the edge of the unsewn hole used for turning,
and topstitch around the whole thing 1/8" from the edge.
Place your smaller felt piece in the middle of the larger fabric flower, as shown below. Line up the bumps and points as shown.
With a disappearing ink fabric pen (or a really light pencil mark), use a ruler to make lines between opposite inward points, as shown in red.
Sew over those marked lines, from each point straight across to the point on the opposite side - see below. Make sure you are back-stitching at the beginning and end so the thread doesn't unravel.
In order to make it fold properly you'll need to iron the folds.
Start by placing the tab up, then fold the flower shape diagonally to one side (see below). It will be folded along the sewn line, and the bumps of the flower should match up.
Iron the crease very very well.
Fold the shape diagonally the other direction, and iron the crease again very well.
Fold the horizontal seam backward and press with your fingers. I didn't use an iron because I didn't want the felt to melt (which can happen if you use the felt made from recycled bottles!).
Now the seams should start to naturally fold up. See the picture below to make your seams fold in the proper way.
Once everything is tucking in where it is supposed to (like the picture below), iron it again very well to reinforce the way it should fold.
For the closure, use a small piece of velcro on the end of the tab, and a matching piece on the back of the flower shape. Unfold the flower shape before you sew the velcro down. You should only be sewing through a single layer.
Add a little decorative button to the flap if you'd like, and your Fold-up Fabric Needle Holder is complete!
Stick the needles securely in the felt, and then fold it up into a cute little bundle for safekeeping. Awesome! This is such a quick project, you'll want to make a few for your friends. And they will love them too! I think I might make some of these as Christmas presents (too soon? ;) )
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