Wednesday, June 25, 2008

DPN or Crochet Hook Needle Case - Needle Felted

DPN or Crochet Hook Case
Needle Felting pattern by Nadine Borovicka
An easy project using the sheets of felt you can purchase from just about any craft store and even Wal-mart. I get to cheat now using my needle felting machine, but the first few I did were done by hand.

At least 2 sheets of 8 ½ X 11 inch felt – you can use more sheets or some roving to add decoration to the front
Felting needles – either singles, puncher or machine
A base to needle felt on if doing it by hand – foam or one of the brush bases you can buy

This step is optional. Take the sheet that will essentially be the cover. You can leave it plain or do as I have and add fun designs to it. Make cases that match your knitting or crocheting bags or get creative.

Take the second sheet of felt and cut it in half long ways. Then trim the side edges so that you have about ¼ of an inch of the cover sheet overhanging the pocket to make the seam. Place the pocket so that there is also a ¼ of an inch overhang at the bottom.

Fold over this edge. This is the tricky part. In order not to mess up the design on the cover, you will actually need to turn this over and work from the other side. So you will turn it with the decorated side up and the pocket underneath (the opposite of what I am doing in the picture). Fold over the seam and use your needle to felt the edges to create a strong seam. If you don’t feel comfortable with this, you can sew the edge. You will have a ¼ inch seam on the entirety of both side edges and the bottom. On the top, you can fold over ½ to 1 inch of the top and lightly felt to create a flap to keep the needles from escaping out the top. Just make sure you don’t fold down too much so that your needles don’t fit.

Again working with the cover side up you will make the pockets for the needles. Felt lines running up the pocket as in the picture above. If you work from the pocket side, you will push through fibers that will ruin the design on the front so you have to be sure that you are working so the fibers only show on the pocket side.

You can sew or felt on buttons or ties to close. I just roll mine up and tie it with a piece of yarn or ribbon.

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