Bonnie's in-the-hoop Needle Keeper is not only useful, it's so darn cute and versatile, I'll show you some tips and even a couple of variations. You won't believe just how easy it is to make!
It is much easier to sit down at the machine and make a project happen if you have all of the pieces you need at your fingertips.
Cut and press all pieces according to the instructions. For in-the-hoop projects like this where there are multiple components, it is also helpful to label each piece. Identify pieces with a sticky note listing their name or the step in the instructions where they are needed.
Don't forget to pre-cut your stabilizer, too. That way, you can grab it and go rather than have to cut it to size with every hooping.
The Needle Keeper Concept
Each page has a felt side where you can stick needles to keep track of the number of hours they have been used. The other side features vinyl pockets to keep needle packets close at hand. Each is color coded to the other.
Pages are stitched on water-soluble stabilizer and edged in satin stitching like a freestanding applique. A clever marker shows you which needle is currently in your machine. Keep it all together with binder rings, add a front and back cover, and tie it with a bow.
There is a pocket page and needle usage page for the following needle sizes:
- 60/8 and 65/9
- 70/10 and 75/11
- 80/12 and 90/14
- 100/16 and 110/18
You can stitch the needle pages that you will use. Because pages are held together with binder rings, it is easy to add pages later on.
Stitching the Needle Usage Pages
Load a needle usage page on your machine. Hoop stabilizer and stitch the design as directed.
When stitching is done, remove everything from the hoop and trim close to the outside stitching lines. Put the piece aside for later. Hoop stabilizer and repeat, stitching out each of the needle usage pages that you want to use in your Needle Keeper.
Check back for Part 2 and I will show you how to put it all together!