It seems to be a common curse with any crafter, that our homes are overflowing with craft supplies. Am I right?! If I’m not drowning in yarn and cotton off-cuts, then I’m tripping over packs of paper and card. Gahh! Therefore, any additional way to keep our craft supplies neat and organised is very welcome.
One of the things I’m most guilty of not organising very well are sewing needles. I usually keep them in a small tin, inside a drawer. But that’s pretty useless when I want to quickly find a specific needle – whether it be for embroidery, detailed hand-sewing or even for my sewing machine…
Therefore, I thought I’d use my Singer machine to whip up a mini sewing needle wallet. This was one of those awesome projects that took maybe 30 minutes to make, but will be ENDLESSLY useful for years to come!
DIY Sewing Needle Wallet tutorial
- Soft leather or pleather
- Canvas or heavy cotton fabric
- Contrasting cotton thread
- Sewing machine
- Pinking shears
- Craft knife
- Metal ruler
- Cutting mat
1. First up, decide how large you would like your needle wallet to be. This is totally up to you – if you want to store loads of needles, then of course just scale it up. However, I only wanted to keep a few collected inside my needle wallet. Therefore, I wanted it to measure 6cm square when closed.
2. Now you’ve decided on the size you would like your needle wallet to be, it’s time to cut. Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut your leather (this will ensure a clean, straight line). For the inner fabric pages, use pinking shears – this will remove the need to hem the edges, so it’s nice and easy to make! Make sure you cut the pages approx. 0.5cm smaller on all edges than the outer leather cover.
3. At this stage, you can add a decorative detail to the cover of your DIY needle wallet (although this is optional). I used my Singer Patchwork 7285Q to stitch an intricate border around the edge of my leather. Doesn’t it look cool?! And the machine did all the hard work – I just had to choose which of the many patterns I wanted. As well as 100(!) stitch patterns to choose from, my Singer also lets me re-program the width and length of each one. It’s kind of mind blowing how many possibilities that opens up!
4. Next, lay the decorated leather on your table, outside facing down. Place your inner fabric piece over the top, and align it centrally. Run a straight stitch down the middle of the rectangles, to fix them together.
5. You could stop here. However, my leather was quite thick, so I added an additional stitch to encourage it to stay folded when not it use. I simply folded to needle wallet in half (along the central line of stitching I added in step 4). I then added another straight stitch down the spine of the wallet – making sure I caught both layers of leather and both layers of fabric. This essentially “pinches” it closed at the spine.
There are so many ways you can customise this project. You could add additional fabric pages, sew a little pocket for extra storage, or make it bigger/smaller to suit your needs. I love the idea of having a bigger needle wallet, with a separate page for each type of needle… oh, the possibilities!
I’d love to know what you think of this project – drop me a comment below! Happy sewing 🙂
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