Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Needle Caddie

 A Needle Caddie:  


I have seen something like this more than once on Facebook and Pintrest.  I finally settled on the one found here:  No tutorial that I could find so it was up to me to create my own.  So here is what I did and how I went about creating it.  I will be giving credit for techniques where credit is due. I rate this as a intermediate project. So here we go.

freezer paper
white/off white fabric
8.5 x 11-inch scrap of fabric for the back
2- 8.5 x 11-inch piece of warm and natural type batting
enough 2-inch-wide fabric for binding
fabric marking pen
sewing scissors
paper scissors
quilting ruler
sewing machine
walking foot
straight pins or quilt clips

I first started with my computer.  I created a paper that had the labels I wanted to have in the inside of my caddie.  If you like mine and don’t want to have to create your own, you can get it here.    Down load it and save it some where you know where it is.

 Next I tore off at least 10-inch piece of freezer paper.  I cut an 8.5” x 11” piece of the freezer paper, so it would fit into my printer. I used this tutorial for printing fabric using freezer paper.  (Thank you Heather) It is a lot easier than I dreamed of.  Cut the freezer paper into a 8.5" x11" rectangle.  With a warm iron press the paper to the white fabric. Using your sewing scissors, cut out the fabric to match the rectangle.  Trim away any little threads.  Put the fabric/paper in the paper tray of your printer, making sure that the fabric is the side facing the ink, and print.  Things I had to figure out myself.  Make sure your freezer paper/fabric sandwich is exactly 8.5” x 11” and try to get the paper to go with the grain of fabric.  Then when you put it in your printer and are ready to print, adjust the printer for “specialty paper” or your printer will have a time with the fabric paper and keep jamming.  Print your fabric, remove the paper from the back and iron the fabric to set the ink. 

Make a quilt sand which of the backing fabric (face down) on the bottom, 2 pieces of batting and then the top piece, printed side face up.  Use whatever method you want to get them to stay stable/together.  I used 505 spray sewing adhesive.

Use a fabric marking pen of your choice to mark a line down the center of the caddie and then I made lines above and below the Titles of the pages.   

Use the walking foot when sewing the lines you just drew on the caddie.   Looks good. 

 Use your quilt ruler and sewing scissors to even up the edges of the caddie. 
Now to bind it.  I discovered this tutorial:   You collect enough 2" strips to go around the edge of the caddie with 6 (+/-) inches extra.  To connect them together by putting two ends at 90 degree angles to each other.
Sew along the angle that will allow you to cut off the two points leaving about 1/4 inch as seam allowance.
Press open.
Fold the fabric in half length wise and press.
Lay the raw edges of the binding long the raw edges of the bottom of the caddie leaving a 4+ inch tail free for future use.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam until you come within 1/4 inch of the edge.  Stop sewing and  fold the binding up along the upper edge and along the next edge and start sewing again.  Do this at each of the 4 corners. I am not very good at the corners yet, but it is getting better.  If you want to see how an expert does it, go the the tutorial above.
Just before you reach the bottom stop and  prepare to make the joint in the middle look good. 

I started and ended near the center of the bottom.  I left a lot space on both sides of the bottom center line.  I opened the free ends of the binding and had them meet in the middle.  I pinned it there.  Because I left enough room I was able open the binding and  sew a seam  along the middle of the line. Cut the extra leaving off a 1/4" of fabric.  Pressed it open and the folded back in half and laid it along the edge and finished sewing it to the sandwich. 

I folded the binding over  to the back of the caddie and because I still prefer sewing the back down my hand if the project isn’t too large, that it how I finished this project with thread, hand needle and a ladder stitch.  

Once it was done I realized that it needed a closure, so I got out my plastic snap kit and made a snap closure. I didn’t put the snaps close enough to the edge, yet for it will do.    You may use whatever type of closure you want or do without.  Well here is the finished product front and back.  Enjoy!

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