A couple weekends ago the local sewing store had a 50% off sale so I ran out and bought a bunch of needles for my sewing machine. After going to sewing class and listening to the importance of using a needle meant for the type of fabric you are sewing and changing them often I knew the only way I'd do this is if I actually had these needles on hand. So I stocked up. And then realized I needed somewhere to put all these needles, enter the needle case! Just what I like in a project - all materials were on hand and it's quick enough to complete in a day/few hours. And in case you want to make one too I've put together a tutorial.
What you need:
- Two pieces of fabric, 6 x 5 1/2 inches
- One piece of interfacing, slightly smaller then the fabric
- Thin elastic
- A snap (or other closure)
- Thread to match elastic and fabric
- Fabric marker (I use the purple disappearing ink kind)
Iron your interfacing to the backside of one piece of fabric.
Layout your needle cases and use them as a guideline when figuring out where to sew the elastic. Mark these places with your fabric marker. Using 6 Schmetz cases I marked dots at 5/8", 2", 3 3/8", 4 7/8" across the fabric at 1.25" & 3.5" from the bottom edge. The second picture shows (with ugly blue dots) where I had marked the sewing spots.
Sew the elastic on the dots you've marked leaving a little ease in each section of elastic so it bubbles up.
So when you're done it should look like this.
Take your two pieces of fabric and sandwich them right sides together. The ends of the elastic should stick out the sides. I wanted the top of my case to have curvy corners so I drew those on with my marker before sewing.
Sew around the edges leaving space for turning at the bottom. (After taking this picture I realized I hadn't left enough room and ripped some stitches out). Trim the seam allowances, including elastic, and clip the curves & corners.
Turn everything right side out and edge stitch the whole way round to close up the bottom seam and make it look nice. Here I am edge stitching the newly learned cheater way with a blind hem foot to guide my fabric.
This is how it should look now.
And when you slot your needle cases in:
Attach your snap according to the package directions and fold up your case. I pressed mine a bit to help make the folds