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NEED IT, MAKE IT: Needle Case



This seems like a bit of an obvious requirement for someone who likes a bit of sewing and yet it’s something I simply haven’t got round to making.  I think the last time I made one was in Home Economics at school some….ooh, too many years to count….ago.

I finally became fed up of scratching around in those plastic casings that needles come in (or worse, losing them in the pin cushion and never to be seen again but often ‘felt’.  Ouch!)

So I finally got round to it and here’s my little needle case.

It’s very simple.  Just a piece of scrap fabric or two, a few bits of quilting wadding, a couple of bits of cardboard and a recycled ribbon of unknown origin.


I found the centre point of he fabric and marked out where the spine and needle pad need to be positioned.


Highly technical stuff this!

I then cut out the large oblong where the needle pad needed to poke through leaving probably quarter of an inch allowance and cutting diagonally into the corners so I could fold it back on itself as a kind of hem.  I then sewed round the outside of the case, leaving a gap sufficiently big to turn it inside-out and to get the wadding in.

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I pushed some wadding into one side and then packed a couple of bit of wadding on top of the cardboard backing for the needle pad and slotted it in the gap I’d made for it and tucked the raw edges of the hole underneath. In truth, it could probably have done with a little more so I could have used it as a pin cushion too but hey ho.  I did the same for the spine. and tacked everything in place so it wouldn’t move when I stitched it up.

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Then I decided to do a quick bit of free-motion quilting swirls on the  other side for a bit of interest.


If you haven’t tried that yet, give it a go – it’s great fun.

Then it was just a case of sewing up the gap…


and sewing on a piece of ribbon (rather coarsely) to tie it together.


Any that was it – done.  Now everything’s neat and tidy which inspired me to sort out my notions box too.

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Let me vent a little about duvets. Grrrhh!

Everyone loves a duvet, surely? Warm and snuggly and just like sleeping in a cloud. Nope. Not in our house. In our house, duvets create bedroom misery. I hate how difficult it is to change the cover. I despise those little poppers at the feet end – or worse, the back-to-front buttons. I get annoyed that the feathers migrate to the bottom of the bed leaving me with cold shoulders and that the micro-fibre ones end up as a twisted lumpy mess. We both hate the chilly void of doom it creates when we sleep back to back.

It took a good few years fighting over the duvet before we gave in and reverted to our childhood bedding solution. Duvets didn't exist when I was little. We had sheets and blankets and, in the middle of winter, we'd have what used to be called a 'continental quilt' on top.

Oh the bliss of the blanket! It's thin but warm, heavy and, importantly, wraps around your body leaving the chilly void of doom a dim and distant memory.

As a topper, we have a couple of shop-bought quilts but they're expensive and rather boring really so some years ago I thought I'd have a go at making one myself. I found a very sweet lady on YouTube and had a lot of fun watching her videos. Check out the Missouri Quilt Company here –


Some time ago I made a lovely winter quilt using traditional fabric and a 'stitch in the ditch' machine quilting technique. It's really simple. All you needs is a variety of pretty fabrics for the top, some batting for the middle and some backing fabric. The only special equipment which is helpful is a quilting foot for your sewing machine. This year I wanted to make a lighter one for spring and summer.



This one is free-motion quilted using pre-cut fabric squares known as a 'layer cake'. The fabric is designed by Pat Sloan and is called 'Bobbins and Bits'.

For more information on free-motion quilting, this lady really knows her stuff.


I definitely recommend giving quilting a go. It's a great skill to have in your crafting arsenal and smaller projects like tea cosies, bags, cushions or table runners make quick and easy additions to your home or as beautiful home-made gifts for friends and family.

Careful, it can become addictive!

Have you tried it?