I learned to sew from my mom, who learned from my grandma, who learned from my great-grandma, and so it goes, each mom passing down her own bit of wisdom to her own daughter. But what unfortunately didn’t get passed down to me were anyone's tools or supplies!
Now, with a daughter of my own, my heart melts as she toddles up to my machine and tells me she’s going to “do a little bit of sewing.” I am excited to teach her all the knowledge that I’ve gleaned from the sewing moms before me, but I also hope to pass on to her what I didn’t get: the supplies she’ll need to build a toolbox of her own.
I made this Heirloom Needle Case with both me and my daughter in mind. It’s the perfect way for me to keep all my needles organized now, but I also see it as a little treasure that I can pass on to Ruth years from now as she pulls out her needles to learn the perfect blind stitch.
This case is made with Robert Kaufman’s Waterford Linen and Mary Flanagan’s Felted Wool in a stunning bright yellow. The two materials are beautiful on their own, but when fused together, they create a whole new fabric that is soft and sturdy, perfect for keeping sharp needle points away from tender fingers. Strips of Cotton Twill Tape hold all the needles in place and won’t stretch or fray over time. Fortunate, because I’m hoping this will last me, and Ruth, for quite a while!
- 1/4 yard Robert Kaufman’s Waterford Linen in Natural
- A 13 by 15-inch piece of Mary Flanagan’s Felted Wool.
- 1/2 yard Heat-n-Bond Lite
- 100% Cotton Thread in a color to match the Felted Wool
- 1 yard 30mm Cotton Twill Tape in Ecru
- 1 yard 14mm Cotton Twill Tape in Ecru
- John James Needle Collection for the Professional
Sewing on the Twill Tape
Sew along the marked lines, backstitching at the beginning and end of each seam.
Fusing the Fabrics
Place the Linen on top of the adhesive, aligning the edges. Press and hold the iron for 6 seconds in each section until the fabrics are bonded. At one short side end, leave 1 ½ inches unbonded.
Trim all of the pieces down to 5 ½ inches by 13 inches by cutting off ¼ inch from both long sides and ½ inch from the short sides.
Center one end of the 14mm Twill Tape into the unbonded space. Press and hold the iron on top of this section for 6 seconds or until bonded.