Inside: How to make a Needle Case
Who else hates threading needles? It’s probably the task I hate most in my embroidery practice.
Recently, I’ve started pre-threading my embroidery sharps before I start a project and that one, small, change has made my embroidery practice joy increase tenfold!
Keeping Embroidery Needles and Floss Organized with Needle Cases
Before I begin my stitching project, I decide on the floss colors I will be using then I preload needles with each of the colors. When I began this practice, I would keep my preloaded needles in a pincushion, but found that the floss was getting tangled.
Inspired by a project by Rebecca Ringquist, I created a needle case that lies flat instead. That way I can slide all my loaded needles in, side by side, which keeps the tangles to a minimum.
I also added a loop to place a metal floss hoop to slip the project’s floss bobbins on, keeping everything organized and ready for stitching. Of course, I also added a little embroidered design to the project.
Making this needle case is quick, easy, and functional.
Materials & Supplies
- Rotary cutter (with straight and optional scallop blades)
- Cutting mat
- Sewing machine
- Water soluble marker or pencil
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery Scissors
- Metal floss hoop
- Embroidery floss. Here are the DMC colors I used:
- 3806: Pink flowers
- 907: Green leaves and stems
- 744: Yellow flower centers
How to Make a Needle Case
Cut felt pieces:
- (1) 9” x 2” of red felt. (I cut mine with a scalloped rotary blade, but you can use a straight blade, you just won’t have the scallop design.)
- (1) 8” x 1” piece of white felt
- (1) ½” x x 3” piece of red felt for the ring tab.
Using a water-soluble marker or pencil, sketch a simple floral pattern onto the white felt.
Using embroidery floss, stitch the floral design on the white felt. I used the Stem Stitch and the Satin Stitch to fill in my design. When you use thick material, like felt, you don’t need to use an embroidery hoop.
Center the white strip of felt onto the scalloped piece of red felt. Sew in place using a sewing machine. If you prefer you can hand stitch it in place instead.
Fold the ring tab piece of felt in half, creating a loop. Pin the loop onto it one of the short ends of the needle case and stitch in place. You can either stitch it on a sewing machine or hand stitch it. Open the metal floss ring and run it through the loop. Close the ring.
To use your new needle case, choose floss for your projects, wind paper or plastic bobbins with the floss (Don’t forget to note the floss number of the bobbins!), and load them onto the ring.
Thread your needles and then run the needles along your needle case.
Laura Bray is an embroidery artist and fabric designer. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their teenage daughter, and a neurotic guinea pig named Oreo. She believes tea should be hot, floss should be smooth, and embroidery needles sharp. Read about her creative adventures in embroidery and life on her website at laurabraydesigns.com and sign-up for her newsletter here.