Saturday, December 29, 2012

Needlecases and a Friends ..........

I wonder if there is such a thing as too many needlecases?

I seem to have quite a collection and I use them all....

I just fell in love with the squared blocks in one of the Rural Jardin ranges.... and I wanted to show them off in a little project....

... so this is how I have made some needlecases ...

... of course you can use any fabric and any size ....

I cut up the blocks and cut a backing and wadding to size ....
(these were approximately 4" by 8" to fit the already printed blocks)

... also some pieces of fine ribbon (about 8" long)


placed them together... main fabric right side up.... ribbon mid point at the edges, backing fabric right side down, and finally wadding/batting....


... pin them together holding the ribbon ends carefully in place and ensuring the other ends of the ribbon are well away from where you are going to sew the seams....


sew around the edges leaving a hole for opening (about 1 1/2" will do) , clip the corners.....


.... turn through and close up the hole ... I ladder stitched by hand...


hand quilted 1/4" round the edges ....


cut a piece of felt ... I used doctors flannel .... a lovely soft fabric, not as firm as felt but it is lovely and fine and holds needles beautifully.....

.. here it is marked in the centre .. then sew it down on your machine

no rules... just guidelines and you can hand sew it down should you prefer


tie some beads onto the open ends of the ribbon and secure with a knot....


.... cute little needlecase.....


do you want one?

you can make one too

I have 3 'kits' available to give out
(cut fabric, wadding, doctors muslin, ribbon, beads and some thread for quilting)


just comment... that's all...

I'll have a chat to Mr Random in a few days time

Yesterday I was so lucky to meet up with a bloggy friend and gave one to her (made up!!!) in a little Christmas bon -bon... with a few naughties to eat

Marilyn was visiting our town for a wedding and we joined up for coffee

..... and just a bit of chatting....


Marilyn does lovely sewing and she brought along her lovely project which I have so admired.... I didn't get a picture but pop along HERE for a look... it is just lovely in real life (so is she!!!) 

look at this amazing project bag she made for me..... It is just perfect, perfect....


.... and so beautifully made.....

she really is very clever and does such lovely work... it was so great to chat and also get lots of ideas and tips from Marilyn... so great to meet up...


Righto, Gotto Go... I'm making some more needle-cases for the gifties box....

45 comments:

  1. How could you not love the Rural Jardin fabrics...and your little needlecase is so perfect for showcasing...nope can't have too many...I'm using your gorgeous little birdie hexie needlecase at the moment as it lives in my SKoW project box which is currently back out in the light...
    Cute present from Marilyn, how lovely to have a bloggy catch-up, I have one of those types of panels, mmm maybe I need to go and find it...

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  2. What a sweet little needlecase! I have several but I'd just love to have one more! Thanks for the chance to win a kit for one! :0)

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  3. thankyou for showing us how Fiona,i love this range of fabric,its gorgeous and i think its called doctor flannel which is so expensive to buy but beautiful to use.Did Marilyn give you a hug from me,good to see the two of you had a chance to catch up.Thankyou for a chance in your giveaway.xx

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  4. Thanks Fiona. Yes i'd love a kit. Love what Marilyn gave you. Hugs,xx.

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  5. I agree Fiona...never too many needlecases.....do you mind if I promote your tutorial on my blog too??? So glad you got to meet Marilyn....she's an amazing lady...love her to bits!
    big sugary hugs
    Wendy :O) xox

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  6. No you can't have too many needle cases (or pincushions for that matter). I was looking at that fabric myself wondering what to use the little printed squares for, so you have come up with a great idea.

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  7. What a lovely way to finish off the year with a bloggy friend get together :)
    I've been thinking I need another needle case for my sewing basket...can never have too many :)
    Love the fabrics you've used in yours.

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  8. Yes, needlecases and pin cushions, you just can't have too many. I am off to meet Marilyn now!

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  9. I love your needlecases. I have to agree with you about not having too many!! And as Sandra said, pincushions, too. Isn't it fun to meet blogging friends?

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  10. How lucky to catch up and see Marilyn s wall hanging - its gorgeous isn't it? and what a lovely way to use a special fabric. Too many needle cases?? NO WAY! How generous of you to give some away - count me in please...

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  11. Your needle case is lovely Fiona and the fabric is goregous. Thanks for showing us how to make them. How lovely to catch up with Marilyn. It's so lovely meeting face to face we 'talk' to on the computer. That's a lovely project bag Marilyn made for you.

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  12. That looks like one gorgeous range of fabric! I'd love to win one of your kits too.

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  13. What lovely fabric ..just my colours ...hugs Laurie

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  14. Gorgeous needlecase. You're right no such thing as too many.

    Gorgeous gift from Marilyn. Great use of the panel.

    Enjoy sewing.

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  15. love the fussy cut front of your needlecase. I am a bit the same with pin cushions we could team up and have sets lol
    am off to visit Marilyn's blog...

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  16. Always so good to catch up with a blogging mate...the needles cases look wonderful Bubz...

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  17. Very sweet needle cases! Isn't it fun to meet up with a bloggy friend.....it's always such a nice surprise.

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  18. How lucky to catch up with Marilyn.. Wish I could catch up with bloggy friends sometimes but I live so far away...
    Great tut for the lovely needlecase.

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  19. Never have too many. I like to keep one with every project then im ready to go.

    Think it's great to be able to catch up with blogging friends.

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  20. Your question about having too many needlecases goes along side the famous question as 'can you have too many pairs of shoes?'.....the answer to that is no!!!! lol. Same goes for needlecases!! Yours is cute.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  21. Oh what beautiful fabric, love to be included, thank you.
    Love your new gifts, she has a wonderful sense of humour

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  22. Very pretty Fiona! I often wonder if one can have too many pincushions but I seem to use all of mine even though there are lots. I imagine it is so with needle cases too.

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  23. I love your little needle case. Don't enter me in your draw tho'....................I have enough projects to keep me going for life! Good luck to everyone else.

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  24. This is a delightful little project and a perfect way to showcase the fabric as you wished. Perfect gifts.
    Looks like another lovely day with a friend, too.

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  25. So nice of you to share your ideas and think of others at the same time....... thanks

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  26. Never have too many needlecases. What a great day to catch up with Marilyn, who is as lovely as can be!

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  27. As I only have two needlecases (and one of those was from you!) I need to enter this! Thanks for the chance. Hugs x

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  28. I quite like your needle cases and thank you for the instructions to make one (or two). Such a cute project bag that your friend made for you.

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  29. You're getting a head start on projects for next year. I hope you had a lovely Christmas.
    Mama Bear

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  30. Would love to win your kit, but I'm so going to be making these needlecases. Great gift idea for my quilting friends.

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  31. A sweet needle case for a sweet lady. Glad you two had a lovely time up there. Nothing as nice as a catch up with a blogging mate.
    Hugs xx

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  32. I have NO needle cases but lots of needles! Thanks for a chance to win your kit.

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  33. Wonderful needle case...

    how would we get through life without friends?

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  34. Love your needlecase Fiona.. I adore that fabric range! It's turned out perfectly... and you can't have too many!!! Great photo of you and Marilyn.. you guys are both so lovely!! That project bag is wonderful.. great gift and so thoughtful too. Happy New Year to you xxxx

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  35. Too many needlecases? Don't see how that could be possible :-)
    Your design is lovely, thanks for sharing...

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  36. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I am going to be going out to buy some fabric for this project.

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  37. Thank you for coming into town to share a cuppa with me Fiona. It was lovely to catch up with you again. the Cafe was really good too, we had dinner and breakfast there as well. The needle case is gorgeous, thank you for it, and the other goodies too. I am going to use your tutorial and make some as well.
    Hugs xx

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  38. Those blocks are perfect for a needle case! I only own one, Katherine of Sew Me Something Good made it for me and it's crammed full of needles! I keep promising myself I'll make one with different pages for different kinds of needles...

    I love Marilyn's blog, she makes gorgeous stuff. How lucky you were to meet up!

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  39. Thanks Fiona for great tutorial, lovely design!
    Good luck to us all :))

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  40. Oh I hope I am not too late! So pretty.
    There is always time for coffee with friends and lots of talk and laughter.

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  41. Thanks for the tutorial on making one of these cute needlecases....I have made one and they're so easy!!!! to make.
    Cheers, Anita.

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  42. A ncie quick and easy project, cheers!

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  43. I've been wanting to make one...what a great little giveaway! Thank you

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  44. New follower, I found you through Sugarlane Quilts. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. Thanks for the instructions for this sweet needlecase. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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