Hexagon Needle Case Tutorial by Mel Lawrence

Hi! I'm Mel from Mel's Own Place!

I found out years ago that I am most happy when I can CREATE! I LOVE hand work and wish I had more time to indulge! I always have at least one hand project ready to grab when I'm going on a trip, waiting for my son at school or at the hair stylist's.

I'm excited to share one of my most useful tutorials, A Very Small Needle Case.

I wanted a needle case that was small so it could fit into my hexagon storage thingy.

Needle Case

I love the small size and thought I'd share how I made mine just in case you find yourself needing a case for just a couple of needles!

Supplies

~Four 1" hexagons cut from fabric
[for a real good way to prep your hexies, see this tute]
~ Piece of Wool - 3" x 3"
~Tiny piece of stabilizer - really, no bigger than ½" square (thins could even be a couple extra layers of fabric, a piece of batting or a piece of wool.)
~Template Plastic - 3" x 6"
~Button with a shaft (see pic below)
~Elastic Cording - 2"
~Needle
~Scissors
~Thread

Buttons with Shafts

For this project, buttons with shafts will provide the closure for our needle case. The elastic cording will fit around the height of the shaft, keeping the front and back cover to stay together.

Cut:

From wool:
Cut a piece 1" x 3/4" this will be your 'joining' piece.
Fold remainder of wool in half.
With one of the six sides on the fold, trace your hexagon onto one side and cut out.
This is where you will keep your needles or pins.
I cut my wool shape 1/4" smaller all around, with pinking sheers.

NOTE: Some wool pieces are fluffier than others. I wish I would have considered this as my insert turned out thicker than I had wanted.

Wool Insert

From template plastic:
Cut two hexagons from the template plastic, but make them 1/4" smaller than your fabric pieces.
I just cut 1/8" from all six sides.

Template

Now measure and mark 3/8" from just one side and cut. This will make allowance for the joint piece to butt up against so there isn't too much bulk.

Cut Template

Choose which fabric will be the front of your case and sew a button 1/8" to 1/4" from the edge.

Put the small amount of stabilizer behind your button (on the wrong side of the fabric) to add some, well, stability to the stress your button will receive by being the closure of your case.

Stablilizer Patch

Which pieces will make up the back cover? Make a loop with your elastic cord and sew it between these two pieces.

Add Loop

Insert the wool piece that will join the front and back cover by butting it up against the template plastic.

Begin Joining

To join the front and back covers of your case, whip stitch two hexies together for each cover. Use a clip to keep the plastic piece and joint piece in place as you sew.

Now stitch your wool piece to the wool joint from the inside. I used a very simple stitch with embroidery floss.

Add Wool Liner

Fill your needle case with needles and you're ready to sew and go!

Add Needles

Now I need to figure out how to fit a can of Diet Coke in here!

Finished Needle Case

Detail of Hexie Holder

Variations:

~You could use wool for your 'cover' hexies instead of cotton fabric
~You could use Velcro or a snap instead of a button for a closure
~If you don't have plastic, you could use cardboard from a cereal box
~Instead of whip stitching to join two hexagons, you could use a blanket stitch

So, if you make one of these cuties, will you please email me a pic or link to your creation? melissa266{at}gmail{dot}com


Hope you find this project fun and useful!

Mel

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Your hex needle case is the perfect one to use for our take-along projects...Thanks Mel!

Be sure to visit Mel's site here.

 

 

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