I’m travelling again this week… and even though my frequent travels make life incredibly busy, there is an upside.
Waiting in airports and sitting on planes means I have spare time up my sleeve and I’m never one to waste any ‘ME’ time.
I’ve been reading and sewing and happily finishing off little projects on the go!
[pin for later]
In an effort to travel light, I use a small sewing project bag to hold my sewing supplies while I’m away.
A simple matchbook style needle keeper seemed the perfect option for carrying sewing needles and pins and they are just so quick and easy to make.
I almost didn’t post these because I thought they were too simple… but then I thought maybe there are some people that have never made them and will appreciate this quick tutorial.
You can make the matchbooks any size you like, depending on how many needles you need to store.
The two needle keepers shown are 8cm wide x 10 cm high when closed. That is big enough to hold about 10 needles or 20 pins.
Pretty scrapbook paper, ruler and knife or paper trimmer, paper creaser or ball stylus, small piece of felt and a stapler.
1. Cut a piece of card 8 cm wide by 20.5 cm.
2. Measure down from the top 8 cm and make a folding crease using either a paper creaser, or like I do, use a stylus.
Measure up from the bottom 2.5 cm and crease again. Fold flaps over as in photo.
3. Cut a piece of felt 7 cm x 9.5 cm and insert under lover flap. Staple the flap down (in the centre of flap) to secure. The top flap will slip underneath the bottom flap to keep the matchbook closed.
Tip: I added a small rose sticker over the staple on my kitty matchbook and sewed a button onto the other matchbook.
Skill Level: beginner
Time: 10 – 15 minutes per matchbook.
If you would like a smaller matchbook, simply adjust the measurements.
The paper I’ve used for this project was from the Tilda Happiness is Homemade collection. This is without doubt my most favourite Tilda collection, but sadly it is soon to be retired. I still have a few items left in my shop, but I won’t be getting any new stock in this collection.
This is the bag I’m using for a sewing bag while travelling. I have a tutorial for how I made this scraps bag HERE.
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