Thursday, January 13, 2011

Be Mine Blog Tour - Day 5 - My Day

Update: Sunday, January 16th. This contest is now closed, thanks so much for all of your nice comments.

Hello and thanks for stopping by my blog as you travel the Be Mine Blog Tour. My Project is a heart shaped needle case and scissor holder. I'm so excited about it because it's my own pattern and the very first pattern I have ever designed. I will give a brief tutorial here on my blog. Go here for the full PDF file of illustrations and instructions. You are also going to need a pattern which you will find hereWhen you print the pattern as I stated in my PDF Pattern, please be sure that the printer is printing it at 100% with minimal margins to give an accurate pattern size.

Ok, we are ready to begin. First you will cut out forty 2" squares from a charm pack of your choice. Arrange in 5 rows of 8 squares per row and piece together a patchwork rectangle.

Layer and quilt and then using the double-heart pattern cut out this shape which will become the outside of your needle case.

Now for the inside which I'm calling the lining in my pattern. You will use lightweight fusible interfacing, iron to the back of your lining fabric then cut out one double-heart shape.

For the needle holder, you need a scrap of white wool, cut a 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangle. Fold in half lengthwise and press. There is a small heart pattern provided in my pattern PDF for cutting out a red wool heart. Position that to the front of the white wool needle holder and stitch 1/8" all the way around. You will then stitch this to the lining per the pattern instructions.

There is a larger heart pattern on my pattern PDF which is for the scissor holder. Cut one from brown wool and position on lining per pattern instructions. Sew 1/8" on the sides leaving the top open for the scissors. I started my stitching on the top curve on the heart and ending on the opposite top curve. Your lining should look like this at this point.


To make a button loop, cut a 1" X 3 3/4" strip of fabric. Press it in half and then press each side to the middle as shown in photo. Fold this to form a 1/4" fabric strip which you will then stitch on each side. Check pattern for loop placement and baste stitch to lining.

Now your lining looks like this.

You are now ready to stitch the outside and lining together. With right sides together stitch all the way around with a 1/4" seam leaving an opening on the bottom for turning. Clip the curves and turn and press. Slip stitch the opening. Refer to instructions for stitching a line in the middle between the two hearts to give it a spine, I think it makes it easier for folding.

Last thing to do is sew a button to the outside of the needle case. I found this cute heart shaped button at Joann's.

I hope you enjoy making my heart shaped needle case, I had fun designing it. Please leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop. I'm giving away this prize, a Giddy Charm Pack, a pair of Stork Scissors and a package of needles. That gives a you a chance to win two prizes on my blog.

Also, if you visit each blog on the Be Mine Blog Tour and leave comments on each one you are eligible for a grand prize which is a $100 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop. Thanks so much to the FQS for donating prizes. All drawings for the prizes will be done at the end of the tour on the 16th of January so come back Sunday January 16th to find out the winners.

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Marj said...

Very cute needle case. I am still enjoying the Blog hop!

Sandy said...

Good morning Carol. Great little project! Thanks for participating!

Melissa said...

Very cute project! Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

very cute. this blog hop is fun. thanks

stacey
luv2knitnsew@gmail.com

Mommarock said...

Very cute.. keep on designing, because you did fantastic on this! I am loving it :)

Audrey said...

I have a friend with some dangerously sharp scissors that needs a case, and this looks like a great gift for her.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Carol - don't count me but I just want to pop over and say that I love your project! you did a great job with your first pattern!

karenfae said...

I would like a chance to win either of these prizes. It has been fun going to from one to the next blog in this week long give away.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Frummie said...

Very cute!
Thanks!
Frummie

Jo said...

Very cute and creative....The blog tour has been FUN

Fiesta said...

Carol this is so beautiful and unique. Thank you for the chance to win.

Ellyn said...

this is adorable! What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

Cyndi said...

Carol, I love your needle case! What a great job you did designing it...very, very creative! I'll definitely be making one - or more!

Thank you also for the generous give away, and the chance to win. This is just so much fun!

XOXO,

Cyndi

mama dub said...

This is a great idea for a needle case and scissor holder. Very cute. Good job designing it. Thanks.

Dorothy said...

Very Cute! I need to make some gifts for a few quilty friends this will be perfect
thanks for the pattern
Dorothy in IL

Stray Stitches said...

What a wonderful tutorial. I can't wait to make it!! Thanks!

Eileen said...

Good Morning Carol, I love your needle and scissors case and will get the PDF later. Am trying to get all of the blogs visited this week. Good Luvk

margie c said...

What a sweet lil case! and a wonderful tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
hugs, margie

Wanda said...

This is torture. I'm trying really hard to only work on UFO's but everyone is tempting me with all this really beautiful stuff. Now I am stopping what I am doing and making some really cool "Valentine" inspired projects. Thank you so much for this really inspiring project.

Wanda
http://wandas-quilts-crafts.blogspot.com/

Susanne said...

Hi, Oh I love the giddy collection! I ordered a charm pack some days ago. I will sew your heart out of it :)
Best wishes
Susanne

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Very cute needle case! I really love all these adorable heart projects:)
Thanks for the chance to win!

Carol said...

Hi Carol,
This is a very sweet pattern and you can never have enough needle cases. i will enjoy making it. Thanks for taking part in the Blog hog and may you design many more projects! Best wishes from Carol in Australia

Cindy said...

Very cool, Carol. Such a fun needlecase ! I heart the idea that it's made out of little pieces.

You are such a talent!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for the wonderful needlecase project. This blog hop is so much fun and I love the cheerful Valentine's day fabrics.

Brenda said...

Very cute needlecase.

Kathy H said...

What a cute needle case and I was hoping to make something for valentines' day for my stitch group. I had seen the snowman case from connecting threads but was hoping for a valentine's one. So thanks very much. Thanks for the chance to win in your giveaway also.

Linda said...

That is such a good project! I do not have a needlecase and am SO in need of one! It's almost too pretty for a needlecase! :-) Thanks Carol!

SueB said...

What a great little project to make. I need one of these and I am planning on making it today. thank you so much for being in the Be Mine Blog Tour.

Shirley said...

What a great heart needle case! Congratulations on your first pattern design. The tutorial is wonderful and very easy to follow.

dawson.tracy35 said...

Ohh awesome little needle case! I love it! Thanks for being part of the blog tour and for hte great giveaway!

Tracy

dawson.tracy35@yahoo.com

Tiffaney said...

Wonderful job on your first tutorial.

quilter000 said...

I am liking this little cutie! I will make myself one this weekend when I am sewing with friends. Thank you for the nice project. This is a a fun time for me.
Quilter000

Janet said...

HEy as a brand new quilt I don't have stash or stuff so I need to get busy making this! Thanks so much

Janet said...

sorry I am not a quilt I am a quilter!!!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What an adorable needle/scissors case Carol! You created an excellent design!

jennifer said...

Practical and sweet and I'm loving those scissors too.

quilter000 said...

Oh I forgot to mention I love your little Heart scissors. where did you find those? Off to sew or I mean cut some fabric for this one. Quilter000

KristyLou said...

WHat a fun cute project!

CaraQuilts said...

Super cute case! It'd be nice for going to classes especially

Marilyn said...

Very cute pattern and great directioins. Thanks so much.

Terry said...

That's so cute! What a sweet gift it would make! Thank you! :0)

Nancy said...

Great tutorial! Love the needlecase and sissor holder.

Nancy E

delcrafts said...

Great gift idea for my friend quilters and sewers. Thanks for the idea.

Katie said...

Great project! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Very cute needle case. Thanks for the tutorial. I love going to the new-to-me blogs.
Jaylene
jaylene (at) beyondbb (dot) com

Alex said...

This is a lovely pattern - will def try this one. Thanks for posting

Jenny said...

congratulations on your first design, first of many i am sure!

Marie said...

This is great. What a fun little project. I am loving the blog hop.

Hugs - Marie

Mouster1 said...

Love your design. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Michelle said...

Very cute needle case. Thanks for the tutorial. It's great finding new blogs to follow.

Jenn said...

So cute! I am adding so many items to my to-do list with this blog tour! I'm going to be a busy busy bee!

Kate said...

I love the needlecase! Thanks! :)

Baskets Of Quilts said...

Wow I really need to make this! It would be perfect for when I sew bindings to have the needlecase handy. My husband always yells at me because I have a needle laying out!

Brenda said...

great tutorial. thanks!

Darlene said...

Congrats on your first tutorial and very cute pProject! I will have to make this one! Thanks for a chance to win.

Michelle said...

What a cute case! Thanks for sharing such a fun tutorial!

JudyB said...

Another great blog and another great project. Love the heart shaped needle case and fabrics you used!

paulette said...

What a cute needle case...would make a lovely gift! thanks so much for the pattern!! I am really enjoying your Valentine Blog Hop!! Thanks again!
Paulette

Barbara said...

what a precious project - thanks so much for sharing !

Marlena said...

So cute, I will have to put this on my to do list. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

Beth said...

Adorable! Happy early Valentine's Day!

MN2NM said...

Super cute and easy! Great for red, pink, and white scraps!

Mary said...

The needle case is adorable. Thank you for the tutorial.
Mary

Jen said...

Super cute! Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway!

Carol said...

Wow, this is really cute and congratulations on your first pattern.

Megan said...

Aww, your little scissors are adorable, with their heart-shaped handles - a perfect accessory for the cute case!

rebecca said...

It's amazing to me how talented you gals all are. Way cool pattern/tutorial.

Nanbon44 said...

This is so cute, I have been wanting to make something for the ladies in my cross stitch group and this would be perfect. Thank You for you pattern

Nanbon44 said...

This is so cute, I have been wanting to make something for the ladies in my cross stitch group and this would be perfect. Thank You for you pattern

Anonymous said...

Very cute project, I love everything for sewing!
Happy Valentine from Jana in Czech Republic

Maria said...

I love your pattern, I can really use a needle case for when I travel, Thank you for sharing : }

Lee said...

Love the needlecase - thanks for the tutorial! I am making some for gifts this weekend for sure.
butler83ataoldotcom

Colleen said...

Love it! Something else to sew on this Snow Day!

Dianne said...

SOOOO cute! Love anything patchwork :)

Wendy said...

what a lovely needle case, thanks so much!

Dianne said...
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luv2quilt2 said...

What a cute little project. I'm downloading the pattern to make some.

Karin said...

Thank you for this very sweet project! How fun to stitch up multiples and give during the year as gifts! I'm thinking a few may even find their way into stockings next Christmas!

Anita said...

Cute idea. I'm ready for Valentines day.

Karen said...

This is so perfect! Love it! I want to make one for me and also one for my sister. She does needlework, so will be wonderful to hold her needles! Great first project! Thanks for being a part of the blog hop ... every project just gets better and better!

tpott said...

Hi Carol, Thanks for the wonderful pattern & tutorial. I've already made 2 table runners so far, from the "Be Mine Blog Tour" I guess now I'm going to be making a needle/scissor case. Again "Thank You":)

tpott said...

Hi Carol, Thanks for the wonderful pattern & tutorial. I've already made 2 table runners so far, from the "Be Mine Blog Tour" I guess now I'm going to be making a needle/scissor case. Again "Thank You":)

Mary said...

What a cute project! I love the fabric and the way you pieced it. Thanks for a fun giveaway.

Florence said...

I like the original shape of your needle case !! thanks for pattern, tuto and thanks for geing a part of this blog hop !!

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful needle case and tutorial.

Debbie

Cindy N. said...

Such a cute little needle/scissor holder....will be making a few of those!!

Rachel said...

What a cute little project. Love the fabric!

I've always wanted a pair of stork scissors :)

dianne said...

that is a sweet little needlecase - i just read your comment to Kim about stressing for this post and, you're right, you really didn't need to cuz it is excellent

Carrie P. said...

Such a great idea. thanks for sharing your creative case with us.

Claudia said...

How cute, I just love how darn cute this needle holder is. Great Job

Lesly said...

How sweet! Thanks for the great how-to photos!

Lori said...

Adorable! Thanks for a chance to win.

Needled Mom said...

What a sweet needle case. I have wanted to make each one of the projects so far. Thanks for sharing.

harleywife57 said...

hello ! and Thanks for sharing this ! and thanks for another FUN day here !!!

Vickie said...

This is so adorable! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

Karen said...

This is such a fun blog hop. I love your 'I Love to Sew Needlecase & Scissor Holder' it's adorable. Such a wonderful design. Thank you for sharing with us and also for the wonderful giveaways. Have a terrific day!

Donna said...

Adorable heart shaped needlecase. Your first pattern is Great! I am enjoying the blog hop. Thanks to you guys who took the time to put this event on. Happy quilting!

Paula said...

Lovely needle case! will try it today=)
tks fr this chance!xoxo

deserae said...

I love your project! :) Thanks for sharing!

Quilt n Queen said...

Congratulations on your first designed pattern. What a feeling of accomplishment for you. I'm luving the blog hop. You ladies are awesome. Thanks for sharing...sweet project.

Mamacessories said...

Such a great idea - thank you for sharing it! This blog tour is great - the perfect after Christmas pick me up!
Maria

Karen said...

Very cute. I love the heart shape. Thanks for sharing the pattern.

Thearica said...

That is really sweet! My friend gave me a needlecase that she made and now I use one all the time. Love the way you sewed patches together to make yours. :)

Michelle said...

The needle case is adorable! Congratulations on your first published design! :) Thanks for the pattern and the opportunity to win great prizes!

Jean Burke said...

This is just adorable! Thanks for sharing - all of the projects have been wonderful and unique. Thank you again....piece.

Quiltsmiles said...

The needlecase and scissor holder is a nice, quick and very cute project, thanks! Jane

Jayne said...

This is just the cutest thing!! I am getting this idea of making about 8 for a group of quilting friends. Wouldn't they love it? Thanks, Carol for such a great project!!
Jayne

Lorraine said...

Thank you for sharing. Cute Sewy

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

I LOVE it Carol! This is so cute - and VERY creative! Thanks for the really clear instructions too! WAY TO GO CAROL!!! I'm so excited for you about your very first pattern!!!

Moneik said...

This is super cute and I can see using it with my English Paper Piecing project because it's always done on the go. Thanks for the great pattern.

wendysquilting said...

that is so adorable and doable!
Thank you for such a great idea!

Peach Rainbow said...

That's so cute :)
Thanks for sharing & the giveaway!

Helle said...

Such a lovely needle case! Love the fabrics and the cute scissor holder! Thanks for sharing! Greetings from Seoul

Teresa Felgueiras said...

That is a really sweet and easy needlecase.I'm going to make a coupleto give some friends. Thank you very much for the tutorial.

Mary Grace McNamara said...

What a darling needle case. That button is just perfect for it and your little heart shaped scissors are a real kick! Is that fabric a Sandy Gervais line? I recognize a few of her prints from other lines. She's my favorite!

Thanks so much for sharing your design and for such a generous giveaway.

MGM

Janet said...

A very creative use of you charm pack! Thanks

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

How cute is that! Thanks for the design and thanks for such a wonderful giveaway :-)

Carol said...

Carol it's wonderful!

Darlene B said...

What a cute project! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Karen said...

Super, super cute project!

on vacation with di and Paul said...

What a cute and clever project. Love it!

Tracy said...

Love the needle case and the Giddy fabric - the scissors are sweet too! This blog hop has been fun! Thanks!

AnnieO said...

Carol, that is really cute! Congrats on designing your very first pattern. Thanks for the project and chance to win extra prizes.

Kari said...

Cute! Thank you for sharing it!

Kelly said...

Oh, this is just too cute. Thanks for the project!

Stephanie said...

This is adorable!!! Thanks for sharing.

9patchnurse said...

Oh Gosh that's cute!! I love the button closure, perfect for helping to keep everything inside. Great blog!

Johanna said...

I hear them! Both practical and cute, very well done!

Angie said...

What a wonderful needlecase tutorial. The cutest thing ever! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. :)

Györgyi Varga said...

Hello Carol!
Your needle case is the cutest I've ever seen. I must sew it now! Thanks for sharing! (and congrats for your first design) Györgyi

Staci said...

This is darling. I love the little button loop closure.
Thank you for the pattern! This blog hop is a lot of fun.

Bonnie said...

Very cute! This is the perfect gift for a friend with a Valentines Day birthday. Thanks so much.

Orcsmom said...

You gals are batting 1000!!! Too cute and what a great gift! Can't wait to make it! Hugs!!

Pam

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

great project. very cute and very handy !

Pamela said...

What a sew sweet project! Love the creativity and sharing.

Lady of the Cloth said...

This is fun, I love your needle case and it looks easy too! Can't beat that!

Shanley said...

Thanks for the project and chance to win, I haven't visited your blog before, I'll have to look around!

Karen said...

So, SEW cute! And, now I have 5 extra projects to put on my "To Do" list! Such fun.

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Karen

Nicki Lundeen said...

Your needle case is really cute. THanks for sharing and thank you for the chance for a wonderful giveaway.

Amy said...

How cute and easy!!!!!

Sinta Renee said...

Your project is very sweet Carol! What a fun idea and a great gift for quiltie friends for Valentine's Day! Wonderful tutorial too!

Material Mary said...

I really LOVE LOVE LOVE this cute needle case. I actually will make this one.
Thanks
Mary

Gwen said...

I love your pattern. You did a great job! I will use it to make some little Valentine gifts for some quilty friends. Thanks for being part of the hop!

free indeed said...

THanks for the pdf. This will be on my 'to do' list for this year. I am tired of not having a case for bringing some basic supplies down stairs when working on a simple project...this fits the bill perfectly. :)

JayTee said...

Love the tutorial...looks simple enough for me!!

Abbybeth said...

very cute! That would make such a fun little giftie :)

Sandy said...

So cute!! Thanks for sharing!=)

Rita said...

love the needle case and the fabrics you chose -- i especially like that the case can be fastened together with a cute button! patchwork always looks so vintage, really sweet!

James-Linda said...

TOURING!
NEAT NEEDLE CASE!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Kristen said...

Wonderful job! Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!!

SillyMama said...

Love your project! The details are great too! Thanks!

Sarah Craig said...

That is one of the cutest needle cases I've seen - definitely on my list of stuff to make this year!! Thanks for sharing!!

Paula said...

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and for the chance to win these great prizes!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Mimi said...

You have designed a very sweet needle case!! I love it. It would be perfect for a little gift. Thanks for sharing.

sarahbethe said...

Adorable! Thank you for the tutorial and the giveaway. I love it! sarahbethe at yahoo dot com

Marcia W. said...

Thank you for the good tutorial and photo examples. These are cute and I'm enjoying these bemine tour stops. I appreciate the time you spent on this and also, of course, the giveaways.

vicki boschman said...

This is so much fun! I don't have a needle case either so thank you for the tutorial! I look forward to making it. (A Canadian)

Martina said...

So cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

Kay said...

What a cute project to make for gifts. Thanks for sharing it.

Molly said...

You ladies are so creative. This blog tour is wonderful. Thanks for another great tutorial and another great giveaway!

molly_dye(at)hotmail(dot)com

jabeybaby said...

Such a cute little case!

Kaye said...

I have been meaning to make a needle case and this one is just the inspiration I needed....so cute!

~Laurie~ said...

So pretty!! A great resource also for the needle caddies that are being made for the Queensland flood victims!! Great job Carol :)

Barbara said...

Such an adorable project! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

Michele said...

How cute......I love it :) I can't believe it is your first project. It's just wonderful :) I love the heart scissors too! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Di~ said...

Very Original! Thank You and thanks for the chance to win some nice prizes! Glad I found your blog.

Laurie said...

Very cute! Excellant job on your first pattern!

Joanna said...

I hope you continue to make patterns because this one is very nice. It's creative and useful. Thank you for the how-to.

thomas said...

How charming...

Well done.

Karen said...

Thanks for the pattern and the chance to win such beautiful things.

Tammy said...

That is so cute and a great gift idea for some of my girlfriends who like to sew - I can give them a cute little home made valentine. Great idea!!

Amy said...

What a sweet project! Thanks for sharing!

Heather S. said...

I love your design! I can't wait to make this :)

Betty said...

Very cute design. Thanks for sharing your project.

Marsha said...

I love your project, this is so cute! Thank you for sharing!

Janet said...

Cute needle case - perfect in the Giddy fabric! And thanks for the opportunity!

jfquilts@gmail.com

Jane said...

Thanks for the cute project!

Rose said...

It's so sharp that I want to make a wrist strap version to put cards and my phone in. :D

Kathleen said...

thank you for the tutorial and thank you for the giveaway...

~Kathleen said...

Another great Valentine project. I especially love the heart button. It is so cute! Thanks for a great Blog Hop and great prizes. ~Kathleen

Tonya said...

How very cute & clever! Thanx for sharing with all of us!!!

Tiffany said...

Super cute! Love the heart :D

Cathy said...

Wow That is very cute. It would make a nice gift too. thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Kimberlee said...

What a great project!! Would love to win such a treasure.
~Kimberlee
spunkydiva@live.com

Sunnybec said...

Hi thanks for the tut, haven't got a needle case, will have to have ago at this. Thanks for the chance to win too. Linda

momto2wasd said...

That's a great little case/bag!

Laura said...

What an adorable little sewing case. Thank you so much for the pattern.

Tracy said...

What a great project and tutorial. Love those colors!

heleen said...

Love the little case.
I very much like this tour because of the new blogs I'm learning to know.

hadacres said...

For your first design I would say it's a keeper. Very nice & looks so easy to whip up in time for the big day. Thank you for being part of the Tour. Please put my name in the hat.

Loris said...

Really cute needle case and wonderful job for your first pattern! Great tutorial! Thanks for the great pics and instructions.
Love the blog hop! Very Valentine!

Cindy said...

What a cute project! Thanks!

Mary said...

What a cute needle case - thank you!!!

ferne said...

Sew sweet! I could definitely put this to good use! Thanks for sharing!

Ariane said...

Wow!!! This is such a wonderful needle case. It would make such a nice gift. A beautiful pattern for your 1st one. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Laura said...

Very nice!

Suzanne said...

You ladies are so creative...I'm enjoying this blog tour!

Miss 376 said...

What a fantastic pattern and easy to follow instructions

Darlene said...

Great pattern and tutorial Carol! I've downloaded them. Bought my granddaughter (she's 8) a sewing machine for Christmas and this is going to be a wonderful Valentine's gift for her!

Merete said...

The needle case is soooo cute, I will definitely make this. Thanks for the pattern :o)

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