Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

I don’t know how many times I’ve poked myself with a stray beading needle. I’ve also lost count of how many needles have been lost because I didn’t have a specific place to keep them! Storing sharp objects safely can be a challenge. Some beaders keep their needles in the original packaging, others use a magnetized needle case or a pin cushion, but this week I decided to make my own fabric needle book!

You can machine sew your needle book or sew it by hand. I decided to hand sew my book so I could use my new favorite stringing material – Pearl Cotton! You can use any fabric for a project like this, but I chose to use felt because it hold the needles securely and you don’t have to finish the edges.

Cut out the pages and cover for your book. Your pages should be a little bit longer than your longest needle so the tips of your needles don’t poke out and the cover should be two and a half times as long as your pages.

Fold the pages inside of the cover, matching one end of your cover to the bottom of your pages, and stitch it closed to make a binding. I used a blanket stitch, but you can use any stitch as long as it holds your book together!

There are lots of ways to close a needle book, but I added a flap with a cute button and a scrap of ribbon to make sure I don’t accidentally jab myself!

How do you store your needles?

Happy Tuesday! – Gretchen

2 comments to Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

  • Tonia

    and by using felt, it will help contain threads, if you..like me.. use different needles with different colors of thread, on the same project. (more a sewing tip than a beading tip)

  • FusionBeads.com

    That’s a good point Tonia and a good tip! Felt really helps keep your threads tidy. Thanks for sharing this with our readers.

    Happy beading!
    Gretchen

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