Needle Keeper: Tips and Tutorial Part 2

Needle Keeper from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Bonnie's Needle Keeper is so adorable (and useful) you will probably want to make a few for your sewing and embroidery friends!  

If you are following along with our Needle Keeper Tutorial, you have finished the needle usage pages in Part 1 and are ready to assemble them.

Arranging Pages

Sew Inspired by Bonnie Needle Keeper front and back

Bonnie's sample is gorgeous. It is tied together with a beautiful ribbon. Since I have cats, who like to "help," I decided to not include ribbon on mine. 

If you do want a ribbon tie, make sure you add it per the instructions when you stitch the front and back covers.

Sew Inspired by Bonnie Needle Keeper inside front cover

Bonnie's sample  had a blank inside front cover (left). The needle pockets were stitched on the front page (right)

and the needle usage chart is stitched on the back (left). Notice that the thread colors match the size of needle on both pages (green and grey).

The series continued with 70/10 and 75/11 needle usage on the back of the 70/10 and 75/11 pocket page (left), and so on.

The last page was a blank inside back cover (right) on the back cover.

Sew Inspired by Bonnie Needle Keeper alternate layout.

I changed mine a bit. I made mine more like a book, meaning that the inside front cover was stitched with the needle usage design and the front of page two was the needle pockets for the same.

The next page was 70/10 and 75/11, etc.

The last page was stitched left blank for miscellaneous needles.

 Stitching the Cover


Stitch the cover according to the directions, floating the batting and fabric.

When embroidery is finished, trim fabric and batting to the tack-down stitches but keep everything in the hoop.

On the back of the hooped needle keeper cover, spray the back of the 70/10 and 75/11 needle usage page and press it inside the placement and tack-down stitches on the stabilizer.

Run the satin stitched outline to secure the front and inside front pages. I chose to only stitch one eyelet hole for the binding clip.

When stitching is finished, clip away excess water soluble stabilizer and remove the rest with a wet cloth.

Stitching the Pocket Pages

 Stitch the pocket pages as instructed up to the placement lines for the pockets.

Tape the clear vinyl over the placement lines, outside of the stitching area.

Tack the vinyl and trim. Finish with the satin stitches to secure the pocket in place. When done, trim the page to the tack-down stitches.

Add the previously stitched 80/12 and 90/14 needle usage page on the back of the hooped stabilizer, centering it within the tack-down stitches and run the final satin stitch outline to secure them together. Add a single eyelet.

Trim excess stabilizer and wipe the rest away.

The front cover opens to show a two page spread for 70/10 and 75/11 needles.


The next turn of a page shows the 80/12 and 90/14 pages. Continue assembling pages as desired.

Don't forget to stitch your In Use marker. Since I was not going to use ribbons on my needle keeper, I did not add the eyelet hole to my marker.

Now, if only I could find my eyelet cutter, I could cut the eyelet holes and clip my pages together with a binder ring!

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  • Debbie Henry - February 20, 2019

    Thanks, Sandy! My husband was going to let me use his leather punch but he couldn’t find it either, LOL!

  • Sandy Aul - February 19, 2019

    That was great, Debbie. Thank you. You have given me some more ideas for my next one. I used a leather hole punch to punch out my eyelet holes. It worked great and I did not have to find a hammer.

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