Saturday, November 3, 2012

Needle cases

I needed to make some new items for the Pennsylvania German Folk Art Show in December.  This show is one of my favorites, and the only one I am still doing, because they do the selling all during the month of December.  For local folk, it is held at the Mennonite Historians of Eastern PA in Harleysville, PA.

I was inspired to make needle cases by Kathleen Tracy's book The Civil War Sewing Circle. Kathy has patterns for both a needle case and a letter pocket.   You probably know Kathy's blog A Sentimental Quilter.  I ended up making my own design for a needle case, incorporating a square-in-a-square quilt block for the front.  As shown below, folded closed, it is 3.5 x 3.5".

Here is the inside.  It has a pocket to hold scissors and thread, and a wool patch for needles and pins.

 I found these cute stork scissors at Joanne Fabrics this morning. 
A couple other color variations in progress.

I am working on designing a sewing roll up also.  My first attempt was very boring, so back to the drawing board.


  1. Those are really cute! Hope your sales go well.

  2. I like your needles cases. They have the features I like with the felt for the needles and a place to tuck the scissors. It's amazing how such a compact item can hold all you need for pleasant hand sewing. I have an old needle roll I've wanted to reproduce but it would involve stuffing and I am always daunted by that stuff. ;)

  3. Very nice! I love having small needle cases to keep on hand with traveling projects...

  4. Wonderful Ann. Are you going to sell some in Etsy or privately?? I most likely won't get to the mennonite show and Darn I didn't make it to your quilt lecture either and I was so disappointed. Long story, wont go into it here. Talk to you later.


  5. Those are cute little things, and quite useful! ---"Love"

  6. Your needle cases are great! Looking forward to seeing the rollup - how could it be boring? Hope they all sell out fast for a nice end to the year.

  7. I am assuming it will be held at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville. I have visited there before and would love to go again. My mom lives in Allentown, but I am not sure if we will be up to visit her in December. Sure hope so.
    Thanks, Marlene