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Felted Needle Case
Designed by JoAnnA Pierotti
Having a needle case to hold your needles for your sewing projects is a great organizing tool, so why not have a pretty one? With the Simplicity® 12 Needle Deluxe Felting Machine I found this to be a quick and easy project. After completing this one, I have been on a roll making many, changing it up a bit each time – these are perfect for gift-giving!
- Simplicity® 12 Needle Deluxe Felting Machine 881482001
- Wool felt for case cover and pages – see Directions for measurements
- Wool roving and other embellishments – we used Angora yarn, dainty threads, bits of lace and silk gauze
- Silk embroidery thread
- One 5/8" to 1" button
- Baby or doll sock
- Small flowers for embellishing
- 1 yard of 3/8" to 5/8" wide ribbon
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Cut one piece of felt for the Cover, measuring 5-1/2" x 4-1/2" (14cm x 11cm)
Cut two pieces of felt for the inside pages, each measuring 4" x 4" (10cm x 10cm)
- Lay the Angora yarn and decorative threads in a design on the cover, using the photo as a guide. Take a bit of wool roving and make three circles on the RIGHT hand side of the cover. This will become the Front Cover of the needle case.
- Machine felt these into the cover using the Simplicity® 12 Needle Deluxe Felting Machine, following manufacturer's directions.
- Cut small strips of felt and twirl them inside the Angora yarn circles. Optional: instead of adding felt strips to one of the circles I added some French knots using silk embroidery thread.
- Machine felt in the strips. If you want more dimension, add another strip of felt and repeat Steps 5 and 6 until the desired affect is achieved. Add some silk embroidery floss in a darker color to the centers and machine felt down.
- Add a piece of lace to the RIGHT edge of the cover, covering part of it with wool roving; the roving will help anchor the lace down into the felt. Machine felt into place.
- Fold a small piece of silk gauze to the RIGHT on the INSIDE of the cover, allowing some of it to hang off the edges to create a ruffle. Machine felt into place.
- With matching thread and a hand sewing needle, sew the baby or doll sock to the LEFT side of the INSIDE cover, leaving the top open to form a small pocket. Embellish the sock with some lace and a little flower. Note: the sock will become a great holder for your tiny embroidery scissors!
- As a fun option, embellish the edges of your needle case pages with some of the wool roving, trims and silk gauze. Machine felt into place. Place one page over the INSIDE of the cover, centering it. Pin together and machine-stitch up the center, sewing through all thicknesses to secure the page to the cover. Repeat with second page.
- Turn under one end of ribbon 1/4" and machine or hand tack to the RIGHT edge of the front cover, using the photo as a guide. Sew button over the ribbon, covering the tacked end. Wrap the ribbon over the front cover and around the back; wrap the ribbon several times around the button to close. Trim off excess ribbon, leaving a tail measuring at least 6" long.
- Open the case and add your needles to the inside pages. Tuck embroidery scissors into sock pocket, with points facing down.
About the Designer:
- JoAnnA Pierotti is a mixed media and fiber artist living in Arizona. She feels blessed to have many opportunities to travel and teach, loving the classroom energy. Her creations have been featured in several publications. Visit her blog at www.mosshill.blogs.com