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NEED IT, MAKE IT: Needle Case

 

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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.

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

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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.

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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…

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

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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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NEED IT, MAKE IT: Recycling Bag

Recycling

I'm going to come out and say that I'm not sure I really get the whole recycling thing. Reduce and reuse? Absolutely! But I just can't get my head around how recycling helps the environment.

We've all heard the cries from older folk about how milk used to come in bottles which were collected, washed and reused and how much better that was and we all laugh and nod in agreement. Then some bright spark points out that the energy cost of collecting, washing and sterilizing the bottles for re-use is much greater than using new plastic or cardboard cartons every time.

I just don't see how collecting, sorting, washing, shredding, transporting and then re-processing this stuff into some other product in other country miles and miles away is energy efficient.

We have a daft system in place here. Plastic, aluminium, and paper/cardboard is supposed to be separated into plastic bags (oh the irony) and collected from our doorstep with our household rubbish but they won't collect glass because it's too noisy!? So, we're then expected to deliver our glass items to recycling banks that could be many miles away. Crazy! All those householders driving around delivering their glass whilst great big trucks collect everything else from their driveway. You see why I find it all a bit confusing. However, there are greater powers than me busy calculating the relative costs and savings so I'll just have to trust that overall, it works.

But, for the sake of landfill – which I completely understand – I am happy to dutifully keep my recyclables out of the bin and ready for collection by an independent recycling man who collects and sorts everything for me – including glass – and charges a mere £10 a month. An absolute bargain!

With that little rant over, we get to why I'm posting today. The simplest of things make life easier and I need somewhere to collect my recyclables once I've rinsed them ready to take out to the collection bin at the end of the week.

My kitchen is small so I can't keep the bin tucked away anywhere inside but there is a little space next to the door where I could hang a bag out of the way and so that's what I set about doing.

I found some fabric and oil cloth in my stash – not exactly a beautiful and eye-catching match but somehow buying new wouldn't really be in the spirit of the thing!

I measured my space and drew up my plan… highly technical stuff.

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I cut out the outer fabric and oil cloth (to keep the inside clean and free from leaks), re-enforced the button hole area from which I plan to hang it, put the button holes in and then sewed them into rectangular bags. Pretty straight-forward.

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Then I squared off the bottoms to increase the capacity of the bottom

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Matched the outside and inside, and sewed them together

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Husband screwed some hooks into place for me and ta-dah, recycling sub-station complete.

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No more running out into the rain.

Hurrah!