Finished size: 3 1/2˝ x 3 1/4˝ (closed)
- Cover fabric: 1/8 yard
- Lining fabric: 1/8 yard
- Pocket fabric: 1/8 yard
- Shape-Flex or similar woven fusible interfacing: 1/8 yard
- Felt (we like bamboo felt): 1 rectangle 2 3/4″ x 5”
- Cover fabric: Cut 1 rectangle 4” x 8”.
- Lining fabric: Cut 1 rectangle 4” x 8”.
- Pocket fabric: Cut 2 rectangles 4” x 5”.
- Fusible interfacing: Cut 1 rectangle 3 7/8” x 7 7/8”.
Construct the Needle Caddy
1. Make a template from the pattern available as a PDF download here. Please note that this template is finished size.
2. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the 4” x 8” rectangle of lining fabric.
3. On the fused side of the lining, draw a lengthwise line 1/4″ away from the edge of the fabric. Align the template on the drawn line, centered widthwise on the fabric. Trace around the template onto the fused side. Mark where the arrows meet along one edge to leave an opening for turning later.
4. Draw lines on the fused side to match the dashed lines on the template:
- Draw the 2 vertical lines for the pocket edges.
- Draw one horizontal line on the left side, and 2 horizontal lines on the right side, to divide the pockets into sections.
5. Fold each pocket fabric rectangle in half along the longer side, right sides out, to make pockets measuring 2 1/2˝ x 4˝. Press. Place the pockets on the right side of the lining fabric at either end, matching the raw edges. Pin them in place. The folded edge of each pocket should line up with the vertical line drawn on the fused side of the lining.
6. Sew through the pocket and lining fabric on the 3 horizontal pocket divider lines drawn on the fused side of the lining.
7. Pin the 4” x 8” rectangle of cover fabric and the lining right sides together with the pockets between them. Sew the layers together on the outside line leaving one side open as marked. Be sure to sew the curve neatly, without points or flat areas.
8. Trim away the excess fabric leaving a scant 3/16” seam allowance. Carefully clip the curved ends.
9. Turn the needle caddy right side out. Press the seam allowances at the opening to the inside of the needle caddy. Press the needle caddy flat.
10. Top-stitch the edges.
11. Fold and press the needle caddy in half, right side out.
12. Lightly draw a line down the center of the felt.
13. Place the felt on the inside of the needle caddy, aligning the pencil line on the felt with the pressed-in centerline. Sew the felt to the needle caddy along the line. Fold to close.