In the last blog I talked about needle selection, and today, I’ll show you some ideas for protecting your needles, and keeping them organized.
The Needle Case, Needle Book, Pin Case, Needle Keeper and small decorative case called an Etui (pronounced et-wee) have been in use for centuries to store precious sewing needles, and many local and national museums feature beautiful examples of these necessities.
Needle keepers such as this fan-shaped Needle Organizer from DMC helps you organize your needles by type or size, and the Needle Case from our Vintage Collection can keep your needles safe and handy on a ribbon or chatelaine.
It’s also fun to make your own!
Here are some sites featuring free patterns for needle books and needle cases, using a variety of materials and techniques.
You can craft an adorable felt Strawberry Needle Case from the pattern at Monica Solorio-Snow’s Happy Zombie blog. Applique the leaves and finish the edges in blanket stitch, and embroider the seeds in French knots.
You might also want to check out this hip Needle Clutch designed by Sharon Jankowicz and Kristin Jankowicz-Schrock that we featured on a previous blog!