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Needle Keepers

Keep a spool of thread, needles, and pins safe at hand in this embellished wool take-along. 


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Designer: Cindy Blackberg


Materials for One Needle Case

•    2—4-1⁄2×8" rectangles beige felted wool (needle case)

•    4×6-1⁄2" rectangle black felted wool (lining)

•    Scraps of felted wool in turquoise, purple, navy, or pink (appliqués)

•    Assorted off-white buttons, 1⁄4" to 3⁄8" diameter (flower centers, flowers)

•    14" piece nylon cording (spool tie) 

•    3⁄4"-diameter hook-and-loop tape dot

•    Freezer paper

•    No. 8 perle cotton: gold

•    Pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking blade


Finished needle case: 4×4-1⁄2"


Cut Fabrics

Cut pieces in the order that follows. (Choose desired case design and cut only designated appliqués.) Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. To felt wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry it on high heat and use freezer paper for cutting appliqué shapes, complete these steps.


1.    Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Trace each pattern the number of times indicated. Cut out freezer-paper shapes about 1⁄4" from drawn lines.

2.    Using a hot, dry iron, press freezer-paper shapes, shiny sides down, onto the right sides of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off freezer paper.



For Two-Flower Needle Case:

From turquoise wool, cut:

•    1 each of patterns A and B

From purple wool, cut:

•    1 each of patterns A and B


For Basket Needle Case:

From navy wool, cut:

•    1 of Pattern C


For Three-Flower Needle Case:

From assorted wool, cut:

•    1 each of patterns D, E, and F