Monday, January 20, 2014

Needle Keep Turtorial

Okay I just want to start out letting you know that I have written this for a Pincushion group that I lead. We are venturing out to try other small things.  So if you are one of my other sewing buddies that's what I'm up to. And if you'd like to join our group let me know.

Okay Pin Pal's here we go.  I want to let you know up front I tried to cover every part of how to do both of these needle keeps - it may be too much info - but if there is any part you don't understand please email me and let me know.  I will explain any part that isn't clear.

Here are the two that I made...

This one is a little more detailed but I'll show you how to do it also.

Okay I will start with the easy one 1st.  For supplies you will need two pieces of coordinating fabric, two pieces of wool or felt and a piece of batting.
Now to cut you will need 1 of each of your two piece of fabric and of your batting 5" x 9".  You will also need a additional piece of your inside fabric 3/4" x 3", set that aside for now.

 Now cut  your 2 pieces of  wool or felt to 3 1/2" x 7".   These can be set aside for now also.
Next fold your inside fabric in half and mark it with a pencil or chalk.  Cut a 2" slit on that line in the middle of the fabric.

Next lay this fabric on the bottom right side up, then your outside fabric with right side down, now lay the batting on top of that see below.  Now pin together if you pin - if not - now it is time to sew.  Sew through all layers all the way around the whole thing using 1/4" seam allowance.

When you are done sewing around the whole thing.  Trim your edges down to approximately 1/8th inch and clip your corners.  

Now turn it over and you will see the slit that you cut in the middle of your inside fabric.  You will use this hole to turn your needle keep right side out.

Once you have it turned right side out push your corners out with a pencil, or turning tool, then press it.  Now get the piece of your inside fabric that was 3/4 x 2" - If you have some "Steam a Seam" or other iron on fusible, cut a piece or pieces to go on the back side of your small piece. Iron it on the wrong side of the little strip now pull the paper off and put it over the slit on the inside of the needle keep. Iron it on so the strip fuses in place. 

Now get your wool that you set aside. Fold it in half and find the middle.  Draw a line with a pencil or chalk pencil. Pin your wool in place centering it on the inside of your needle keep.  You will sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the  line you drew.   

Sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the drawn line.
Okay the inside should look similar to the picture above once you have sewn the wool in, and you are done.

You can decorate if you want, the fabric I choose on this one was pretty busy so I didn't do anything else. However you can put an applique or embroider on the front.  you can put a ribbon down the middle.  It's yours be creative. 
Okay for the next one.  It looks more complicated but it's not that bad.
Supplies you will need 
2 pieces of fabric 8x10"  
one piece of fabric for pocket on inside 5 1/2"  x  4 1/2"  
2 pieces of wool or felt 8" x 4"
Approx 46" of binding material I made mine - 2 1/4" strip, ironed in half lengthwise wrong sides together. 
Ribbon - Optional 

Okay lets get started.  :)  Once you have your fabric and wool cut - Now draw a line down the middle of the inside fabric. -now take your pocket fabric and turn the top edge down and press.  Sew a seam a scant 1/4 " to hold the top edge in place.  Now turn the right side edge of your pocket under 1/4" and press. Line the pocket up with the bottom left side of inside fabric. Sew this down the right side. If you want to make sections in the pocket like I did you can sew another seam about 1 1/2" from right side from top of pocket to bottom. 

Next draw a line 1/2" from the center and 1" from the bottom as a guide for the placement of your wool. Draw a line down the center of  the wool, and pin the center of the wool on the line that is 1/2" from the center and 1" from bottom.  Tip - if you are having trouble seeing the line on the wool, use painters masking tape on the line, then sew right next to the tape. 

Sew the wool from top to bottom down the center. 
Next I put a little loop to hold a small pair of scissors.

 Now sandwich your outside fabric right side down, batting,  and inside fabric right side up, like a little quilt.

Sew a couple of lines down the center to give it a little fold area.

Now you are going to add the optional ribbons and bind it all in one step. Pin the ribbon to each side of your Needle Keep in the center.  The long part of the ribbon goes to the inside.  

Now bind the Needle Keep like you would a quilt.  Start sewing on the binding raw edge of binding to raw edge of needle keep. 
To miter your corners stop about 1/4 ' from the end and pivot your needle keep slightly so you can sew diagonally to the corner. See how I am headed towards the corner.
Next fold binding up aligning it with the next side and then fold down on the side you are going to sew on. See pictures. The seam you sewed to the corner help you fold this angle up. 

Now as you fold this back down make sure the fold is even with the upper edge. This will give the right amount of fabric int the corner to make a nice miter on both sides. 
Now when you are getting close to the place where you started take your needle keep out of the machine and mark a line 1/2' past the starting piece of binding.  

If you look on the top edge the starting piece is underneath. draw the line and cut the top piece of binding so it overlaps by the 1/2".  See below.

now take those two ends and sew them together with a 1/4" seam. 
Now you should have a connected binding. 

Sew the rest of the binding in place. See how the ribbon got sewn in with the binding. trim your edges iron the binding over to the inside and hand stitch the binding using an invisible hemstitch. 

Viola you now have a beautiful needle keep with pockets for your other sewing notions. 

Have fun be creative - this is yours to decorate adjust to your liking!  
Blessings, Lynn 

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