Mushroom Needle Case
Even if you have just a few sewing supplies, storing them in style is more fun. Here’s an adorable made-by-hand needle case that’s just the right size to hold scissors, needles, and a spool of thread.
Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow
- 5×20" rectangle of white felt for the stem pocket, appliqués, and needle flaps
- 4×12" rectangle of red felt for the mushroom cap
- 1/2×3" strip aqua felt for the loop
- Embroidery floss: red and white
Finished needle case: 5×6-1/2" (excluding loop)
First up, let’s cut out the pieces needed. The patterns are available in the downloadable PDF below. Print out the patterns and cut them out. Pin the patterns to specified felt pieces and cut around the edges. Because felt won’t fray, there’s no need to add seam allowances or turn under edges.
From white felt, cut:
- 1 each of patterns A and B
- 2 of Pattern C
- 9 of Pattern E
From red felt, cut:
- 2 of Pattern D
Assemble the Needle Case
1. Using two strands of red floss, blanket-stitch around a red wool mushroom cap; begin at the green dot, end at the white dot, and in the middle attach the cap to white wool A stem (Diagram 1).
If you’ve never tried blanket stitching before, proceed with confidence because it’s an easy stitch once you get the hang of it. Before trying it on your needle case, practice on a scrap of felt so you can learn what it takes to keep your stitches even. To blanket-stitch, pull your threaded needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the floss, and hold the angle of the L shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B and come up again at C to secure the stitch. Continue in the same manner to make as many blanket stitches as needed.
2. Using two strands of white floss, blanket-stitch the top edge of the white felt B stem; begin at the green dot and end at the white dot (Diagram 2).
3. Using two strands of white floss, blanket-stitch the white felt B stem to white felt A stem to make the stem pocket and mushroom back. Begin sewing at the green dot and end at the white dot, joining the side and bottom edges of the stem pieces and sewing the top edge to the red cap (Diagram 3).
4. Using two strands of white floss, blanket-stitch around the outer edges of each white felt C piece.
5. Referring to the Appliqué Placement Diagram, position white felt E circles on the remaining red felt D mushroom cap. Trim the circles even with the edges of the cap where necessary. Using two strands of white floss, blanket-stitch around each circle.
6. Fold the aqua felt 1/2×3" strip in half to make a 1/2×1-1/2" loop. Place mushroom back on a flat surface with pocket side up. Referring to Diagram 4, stack the white felt C pieces (which will be the needle flaps) together and position them on the mushroom back. Insert the ends of the folded aqua loop between the C pieces about 1/4". Position the dotted red mushroom cap D piece on top of the C pieces; pin layers together.
Using two strands of red floss, blanket-stitch the edge of the dotted red mushroom cap D piece only, beginning at the green dot and working counterclockwise toward the white dot. At the white dot, blanket-stitching through all layers to the green dot to join the pieces.Your needle case is complete! Now pop your little scissors and a skinny spool of thread into the pocket, and store your needles on the flaps in the middle. Doesn’t it feel good to have such a cute spot to stash your stuff?