Our Skandi-inspired felt case will keep all your pins and needles neat and tidy. And you can stitch an initial to personalise it, too!
Finished needle case size: 10.5 x 9cm
You will need
✤ 25 x 20cm rectangle of red felt
✤ 20cm square of white felt
✤ 15cm square of turquoise patterned cotton fabric
✤ Tracing paper and a sharp HB pencil
✤ 3cm square of bonding web
✤ 3cm square of turquoise felt
✤ Navy stranded cotton embroidery thread
✤ Two 1cm white buttons
✤ Matching sewing threads
1 Cut four 10.5 x 9cm covers from the red felt. Cut four 9.5 x 8.5cm rectangles for the pages from white felt. Cut one 12 x 5.5cm bias strip for the binding from patterned fabric.
2 Trace the tulip head (left) on to the paper backing of the bonding web. Press the bonding web on to the turquoise felt. Cut out the tulip.
Peel off the backing paper. Refer to the pattern to press the tulip on to one cover – this will be the front.
Making the needle case
1 Using the pattern as a guide, draw the stems on the front with a sharp pencil. Using three strands of navy embroidery thread, embroider the stems with stem stitch and the leaves with lazy daisy stitches (for how to do, see womans weekly.com/daisy).
Sew a button at the dots with embroidery thread.
2 With the embroidery facing up, pin the front and another cover together. Pin the other two covers together for the back.
Topstitch close to the short edges and along the right-hand edge.
3 Pile the pages together on top of the back cover, matching the long left-hand edges. Make sure the back extends evenly at the top, bottom and right-hand edge. Place the front cover on top.
Tack the left-hand edges together.
4 Press the binding lengthwise in half with wrong sides facing. Pin the binding to the left-hand edge of the front, with the ends extending beyond the top and bottom edges.
Stitch through the layers, taking a 0.75mm seam allowance.
5 Pin the ends of the binding over the top and bottom of the case. Fold the pressed edge over the layers and pin along the seam.
Slip stitch in place.