needle keeper

by Nova on August 26, 2011

a little needle book made from scrappy treasures with some linen love, much like the one I made before in the Umbrella Prints challenge.

as before it’s got little pockets for packets of needles, threader or wot nots & a piece of felted wool blanket to tuck  needles into.

These birdies are heading south.


  • Loosely based on the shape of this needle case tutorial as I liked the handy pockets, though I omitted the binding & snap fastener and made up my own size. Finished size  of  needle book (closed) is approx 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
  • snippets of fabrics  include Aunty Cookie Papercuts, PippiJoe Laundry Birds , Umbrella prints raindrops, moda basic grey dot, an anonymous stripe, and american jane happy camper panel ( the little crosses) , cosmo cricket tailor made tape measure & natural linen + a red & black check from Spotty I think.


{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Rie August 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

It looks lovely, very handy to have around! Good stitching!


KATE August 26, 2011 at 10:55 am




Jackie August 26, 2011 at 11:06 am

So very CUTE!


Rachel at Stitched in Color August 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

Gosh, that’s just so incredibly sweet. Every one of these that you make is so special. I’m feeling inspired to make another journal cover with hand stitching. If mine turns out to look like yours, I’ll be sure to link!


svetlana August 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Absolutely love! What a great idea.


naughtyshorts August 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I love precious little things like this for keeping my tools safe and organised. I think that having the right tools and beautiful places to store your things makes the ritual of sewing and creating more special. I still have all of the old and tatty needlebooks passed on to me from my grandma – and I hoe that the things I make will one day be treasured by my grandchildren… Bec x


Wendymoon August 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

This is so pretty! Wish the birdies were flying to me. :-)


Heather August 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Sweet! I’ve just started sewing (quilting) and I now understand how handy one of these would be. And this one is especially beautiful, I think! I just pinned it to “Make It” board.


anna August 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

beautiful, all your projects have such nice details, I love that!


tia August 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I love your needle cases!


ashley August 27, 2011 at 12:36 am

so, so cute! great details, and lovely fabrics!!


sukie August 27, 2011 at 12:44 am



Jacey August 27, 2011 at 1:54 am

I just love it! I would love to make one of these for myself. Very inspiring, Nova!


Emily August 27, 2011 at 2:36 am

Sigh…I love your style and work! Your hand stitching is so inspiring to me, I want to add it to my repertoire.


Lynne August 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

Very handy!

I still have the needle book my Nanna made me way back in the early seventies!


debra August 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

its adorable Nova…naughty me commenting in a ‘work lull’ at present…hey!! i live south of you ..hee hee x
actually you have inspired me, need to make a few of these for christmas gifts…x


Hollie August 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

I love this! It’s so sweet!


Javacurls May 21, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thank you so much for posting this lovely case. It completely inspired me to make a case for my grandmother. You can see the finished project here:


Cindy December 6, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I have been looking for a pattern for a needle keeper. Do you sell the pattern for this one? It’s the best that I have seen.


Evelyn Byrne November 27, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I love it .do you have the pattern thanks. Evelyn


Nova January 2, 2015 at 10:34 am

Thanks Evelyn – i used a tutorial (not one of my own) – please follow the link in the post to get to the original tutorial. Hope that helps.


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