Here’s a collection of patterns and tutorials for sewing / embroidery needle books & cases. Materials vary, there are felt, fabric & cross stitch covers. Some are simple with sleeves of felt or wool to hold needles, others quite elaborate with pouches and pockets to hold supplies. I separated projects into sections to help keep them sorted. Enjoy! Update: I added to charming vintage patterns at the bottom of the page (a sunbonnet and a flower bouquet).
This first section lists tutorials for books that hold needles only, many are quick & easy projects.
Toadstool: Made with assorted pieces of felt, snaps closed and has a few inner pages to hold needles.
Hexagon: Lovely design that features a d-ring hanging loop.
Grandma’s: Cover old greeting cards with fusible webbing and fabric.
Padded Geisha: Includes link to free geisha pattern (pdf download).
Woven: They only require about 2 1/2 yards of yarn, and whip up in no time.
Felt Sewing Book: Sweet design with a tab and button closure.
Folded Hexagon: A great way to use up assorted fabric scraps, two pieces of felt are sewn inside to hold needles.
Pretty Felt: Four circle of felt are stitched together with design worked on cover.
With Pockets & Features
These tutorials are for cases that hold needles as well as other things like scissors, thimbles, buttons, threads, etc.
Springberries: (pdf) Includes lovely embroidery design.
6 Pocket: These instructions will help you create a needle book with six pockets for packages of needles and room to add felt pages if you so desire.
Travel Sewing Kit: Quilted book that features pockets to hold thread and supplies, a scissor pocket, felt pieces for needles and fabric ties for closure.
Embroidered Pin Case: Fold out pockets that hold all kinds of goodies.
Felt Travel Sewing Kitty: Great gift for cat & craft lovers, decorative cover in kitten design. Lovely organization features inside.
Heart: A patchwork of charms is first sewn then made into a heart-shaped case that features an inner scissor pouch. Free pdf pattern and tutorial downloads.
Cross Stitch Covers
- Made With A Cigarette Case
- 4″ x 4″ Fabric Pieced
- Victorian Thimble Pouch: Crochet pattern. Add this to your hussif.
- Needle Pad Tutorial
Sunbonnet – Vintage Pattern
*First published on Tipnut October 15, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization
This pattern is quite the charmer, it’s a unique Sunbonnet Sewing Case which has the brim of the bonnet holding needles while the bonnet itself is a small drawstring pouch to hold sewing supplies (like threads, a thimble, small pair of scissors, etc.). This pattern is from 1936.
Fabric: Use gingham, cotton print, silk or velvet.
- Cut section (1) on fold of material.
- From section (2) cut 1 pair for outside and another pair for inside facing.
- From section (2) also cut 2 cardboard pieces for stiffening and 2 white flannel pieces (for inside needle section) omitting the 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Join each section (2) to facing leaving long straight side free, insert cardboard. Repeat for other side.
- Sew tape to form casing on underside of section (1) finish lower edge with narrow hem and draw gathers at other edge into 6-1/2 inches. Join the gathered edge to one edge of section (2).
- Buttonhole the curved and short side of each white flannel section (detail 2) using 2 threads six strand cotton. Turn in seam allowance of facing and slipstitch to position over the raw edge of each flannelette section.
- Slip ribbon through casing, draw together and tie a bow.
Both the image file and a pdf are available below
JPG Pattern Download (First save to your desktop before printing; Don’t check “Fit To Page” and it should print out true to size.)
Sunbonnet Sewing Case PDF Pattern Download. The pattern won’t print off true to size so you’ll need to enlarge it (measurement details are included in the pdf).
*First published here on Tipnut September 24, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization
This pattern is from 1936 and is a Flower Bouquet design.
There are three pieces: the inside section, outer section and stem. The outer section and stem are transfer patterns, if you need help transferring them, see this page: Pattern Transfer Tips.
Instructions from the pattern are below.
Needlecase (Bouquet Design):
Consists of 3 pieces. The outer case and stem section are transfer patterns, the inside section is a printed pattern. Stamp the transfer patterns on felt, flannel or broadcloth.
Cut out material, cutting along the inner edge of the stamped line. Pin the printed pattern for inside section on contrasting felt, flannel, or broadcloth and cut out.
Use embroidery wool split to half the thickness and embroider in green, rose, violet, blue, yellow and white (to match material). Work in lazy daisy stitch, buttonhole stitch, French knots and straight stitches.
Lap the stem over the back of case matching the broken line and fasten to position with lazy daisy stitches over the “V” shaped marks. Place the inside section over the wrong side of material for outer section (about 1/16 inch below the top edge of case) and slip stitch from circle to circle and along the center fold line (leaving side and lower edges free). Fold on line indicated and fasten edges together at circle beneath an embroidered leaf. Tie a ribbon bow around stem and fasten to position at cross.
Pattern Download: You have two options, download the image file or the pdf (or both if you like).
The image file is here: Vintage Pattern. Don’t check “Fit To Page” and it should print out true to size.
The pdf file is here: (pdf). The pattern’s details are included in the file. The pattern won’t print off true to size so you’ll need to enlarge it.