I was totally sidetracked over the weekend by this little project. I’ve been meaning to make something like this for a while, and finally just did it.
If I have to change the type of needle in the machine, but it’s not really an old, ready to throw away needle, then I have to store it somewhere separate from the new needles, so that I can find it easily and use it later. And then there’s the issue with two different brands of needles as well, one brand that I use for some things, and the other brand for others, and the dang numbers are sooooo small and hard to see (or maybe I’m just old now and can’t see anymore!).
I’ve tried storing slightly used machine needles separately from the new ones on a tomato pincushion with numbers marked on the top (Needle Nanny, v1). This works, don’t get me wrong, but when I discovered a different brand of sewing machine needles at Quilt Market last October, this tomato pincushion system became inadequate, because I couldn’t keep the Klassé needles separate from the Schmetz needles, and there is a big difference. (The Klassé Sharps really are better for certain things.)
With fabric from Mark Lipinski’s califon line, a little help from EQ Printables Cotton Satin Inkjet Fabric, Velcro Fabric Fusions, and a bit of lightweight fusible batting in the middle, I now have a customized organizer for these slightly used needles. Easy peasy! The hardest part was finding the right font for the printing! The needles slide into the loops of the fusible Velcro (I used the softer hook side only), and are held securely.
I added some pockets to the back for storage of new needle packs, so that the ones I use most often are handy. It’s easy to grab it up, toss it in a bag for class or take it from machine one machine to another in my studio. It measures 9 ¼” x 3 ½” closed, and a bit of ribbon ties it shut.
I’m so pleased with how this turned out! I can see adding a few Swarovski crystals for a little bling since the califon fabric has such nice little dotty spots that look like crystals just belong there. Shall I call it a Needle Nanny? Needle Nest? Needle Nook? Needlenotionsminderwhatchamacallit? Whatever you call it, I can’t wait to make another one. This would be so cute with a little ric rac trim just peeking out the edges too! Oh, I could even use a machine embroidery or appliqué design as the base fabric! Endless possibilities…