Quilted Needle Case Tutorial

Hi again! 🙂  I decided last night that I should make a tutorial for the needle case that I posted yesterday.  I made another one today and took pictures along the process.  This tutorial is for personal use only.  No items made from this tutorial may be sold.  Let’s begin!



  • 2 fat quarters for front and back of needle case
  • cotton batting
  • fabric for pocket and binding
  • felt (wool blend used in example)
  • rotary mat/cutter/ruler (optional)
  • sewing scissors
  • water soluble pen for tracing
  • clear template cut to size if fussy cutting fabric on front
  • sewing machine and thread
  • snap tool or velcro for closure


Using template cut 10.5″ x 6.5″ , trace using water soluble pen.  Cut fabric about 2 inches larger than trace marks on each side.  Cut backing and batting a bit larger than top fabric.


Lay backing fabric face down and sandwich batting in between.  Place outside fabric face up.  Pin into place.


Quilt as desired.  For the example I used my walking foot and quilted at a diagonal line 3/4″ apart.  Retrace using template if needed and trim excess fabric.


Cut pieces for pocket.  The pocket is lined so you will need a liner fabric as well as a decorative one.  Cut pocket pieces at 4.5″ x 11″ and binding at 2.5″ x 11.5″.


Iron binding in half and sew onto pocket pieces using 1/4″ seam.  Attach binding pocket backing using scant 1/8″ seam sewn from front side.


Pin pocket onto main fabric backing with a little bit overlapping on both sides.  Match bottom edge pocket to bottom edge of main fabric.


Cut felt (wool used here) at 5.5″ x 8.5″ and place in center of backing on top of the pocket.  Pin in place and sew straight line down the middle going through all three layers.


Sew binding on the front using 1/4″ seam and then trim off pocket excess.  Apply binding to backing and sew scant 1/8″ seam on front to finish binding.


Add your snaps or velcro.

You are finished!  Grab your supplies and you are ready to sew/embroider on the go 🙂

If you complete this tutorial, upload your photos to the flickr group. We would love to see them!

p.s. for a really great tutorial on binding, go and visit this site.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

53 Responses to “Quilted Needle Case Tutorial”

  1. 1 heather February 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    this is too GOOD! i’m adding it to my favorite Tutorials right now! 😉

    xo, Heather

  2. 2 Ellen Banerjee February 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    These are beautiful & so great for using those fabric treasures and being able to enjoy them. Thanks so much for doing a tutorial!

  3. 3 Sara Chung February 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Love it, thanks for sharing!

  4. 4 keri February 4, 2011 at 4:49 am

    What a cute tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing, I will definitely have to make one!

  5. 5 leigh February 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I love these! Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. 6 teaginny February 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Fantastic tutorial! You have such a wonderful way of combining fabrics too. Brilliant!

  7. 7 lili est folle February 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    thank you so much for this tutorial!! i will test it as soon as possible!! Thanks for sharing, it’s very generous!!

  8. 9 FIONA LEONTIS February 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    This is great, really need to make one of these as I constantly stab myself with my needles when I am on the train and I take some work with me!

  9. 10 Tracey@sewsimplycreative February 13, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Just darling! You have a great eye for color and technique! I’m adding this to my “Projects to Try”!

  10. 11 Bronwyn Rider February 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It looks like a wonderful project for gifts for my sewing friends.

  11. 12 Mary Margaret February 25, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Just found this….Brilliant! Thank you!!

  12. 13 mslinder March 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome needle book and tutorial. I’ve been making needlebooks recently but never thought to include a little pocket inside. Brilliant.

  13. 14 Sunnybec March 18, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Hiya thank you for the tutorial. I have just made this, my first ever needle case, you can see it here on my blog.


    Hugs Linda

  14. 15 Cindy March 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I bookmarked that one! Can’t wait to make it!

  15. 16 Taylor March 27, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Just made this, will be linking to it soon!

  16. 17 Amber H. March 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hey, thanks for the awesome tutorial.. I made one using your tutorial with a few modifications, and blogged about it here… http://www.wambers-whimsies.com/?p=178

  17. 18 idalia R April 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm


    i am a new person learning to sew. Your tutorial is great. The needle case so cute i decided to try. I understood all the directions, however, on the last step where you attach the binding and then turn and stitch 1/8–I am having a hard time getting the binding to turn as it is very thick. Was there a special way the binding needs to be attached? I laid my binding on the front as shown on Step 9 and sewed all the way around. Any suggestions??? Thanks

    • 19 sewshesews April 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

      I actually use elmers school glue to stick my binding to the back. I iron it on, if you see my most recent blog post I post some links to help with binding. Check them out. Good luck! 🙂

  18. 20 valerie April 11, 2011 at 3:10 am

    This is a great tutorial. I’m looking for a way to make fabric A5 size notebook covers and this would be perfect but how would you modify it so you can change the notebooks when they’re full?

    • 21 sewshesews April 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

      I am imagining that you could stick the cardboard backing into the pocket and then just pull it out when it is full. Hope you find something that works! 🙂

  19. 22 Heather July 26, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Very inpiring love little projects like this.


  20. 23 Nancy Bender October 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Very cute. I am going to have to add this to my ever growing project list!

  21. 24 Jean Blythe January 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Really like this! What fabric line is that? I really like that paint-by-number fabric!!! Great tut!

    • 25 sewshesews January 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      It is called Uptown (birds) and Lush (deer) by Erin Michaels. It is out of print but I hear that Lush is going be reprinted!

  22. 26 Jen of Quality Sewing Tutorials February 4, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Great tutorial! You’ve been featured on the Quality Sewing Tutorials blog.

    We hand select only the best free tutorials and patterns for home sewers.

    Grab a brag button!

  23. 27 blueadt April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing your pattern. I made one and you can see it here


  24. 28 javacurls May 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I really appreciate the time & effort you took writing this post! It was a great help making my needle case. You can see the finished case here:


    • 29 sewshesews May 31, 2012 at 1:05 am

      Gasp! Gorgeous! SOme of my most favorite fabrics 🙂 I love Nova’s spin too, good call! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!

  25. 30 leahpanon August 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Well done that is such a great tutorial and I will definitely be making this and you could decorate it in so many ways you could even embroider the front cover.

  26. 31 Mari November 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    We are making needle cases for our Quilt group Christmas party exchange and this is perfect to get me sewing! Is easy to understand. Thanks!

  27. 32 Wini Hartzenberg February 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    You were inspired. It is just what I needed and woke up this morning wondering where I would find a pattern – thanks so much!

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