Saturday, March 19, 2016

Finish it up Friday

Hello Dear Reader,

Mini Thread Catcher Needlecase 

Although we have decorating in progress this week, I have finished my Mini Thread Catcher Needlecase, and wanted to show it off! share with you.

In case you are new my blog, may I say how nice it is to meet you, and you will be able to read more about my "Mini Thread Catcher" in the files of the same name. Briefly, I started with some 1.5" vintage squares and scraps of calico with the intention of making a thread catcher, but, as with many projects, it grew and grew and became a Mini Needlecase!

The lid was the last to be finished, and I wanted it to look like a small quilt (although it isn't actually quilted ..... I couldn't think how to quilt something so small and at the same time I wanted it puffy in order to double up as a pincushion, whilst covering my stitching basket as a lid). There, that's what I should have called it all along .....

"My Stitching Basket!"

Last time I shared pictures of the lid/quilt, I was working out how to mitre the binding round the corners of the tiny quilt, and I feel quite pleased with the result!

Mini Thread Catcher

I am really happy to have finished it, it is so useful, especially when travelling!

Mini Thread Catcher

Mini Thread Catcher
Plenty of pockets!
The lid has about 3 layers of wadding and a square of plastic within, fulfilling two objectives, one to keep the lid in shape and secondly to stop the pins going right through.

Mini Thread Catcher

The only thing missing is my mini matchbook needlekeeper, which fits in the right hand pocket of the lid. I spent a litttle time yesterday knocking one up, but changing the size to fit my needlecase pocket, from a tutorial I found on Pinterest from Calli at and I was really pleased with the result.

Mini Thread Catcher

And I just love little things attached to my pincushions. The little heart is useful as a needle rest, making the needle easier to find than when it is hiding amongst the pins.

Mini Thread Catcher

I am really pleased with my needlecase because even my scissors, complete with sheath, will fit nicely into it, keeping them safe.

And there we have it, finished .... unless I think of anything else to add!

Mini Thread Catcher

By the way that is thread across the top of the quilt, not a nasty mark .... didn't notice it was there until I was writing up this post. 

Oh, nearly forgot to mention the basket is approximately 2.5" high, or 6" tall if you include the handles with an 8.5" diameter.

Thank you for visiting me today, and I hope to see you again soon!


Barbara xx


Tiffstitch said...

Lovely work and fabrics choice.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I was so impressed with your mini needle case UNTIL I saw the actual size and now I'm beyond blown away! You did all that in such a teeny little!!

Tracy said...

Very pretty and I love tiny cute.

handmade by amalia said...

You have some serious skills, Barbara. This is fabulous. And such nice fabrics. I can feel my sewing machine giving me a pointed look.

Mini said...

Oh wow, can a human being make such tiny beautiful things !! I'm blown away by your skills.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Barbara, this is fantastic. Such a beautiful little stitching basket with all these tiny details. It's just amazing. Congratulations!

Christine B said...

It is beautiful Barbara! I love all the cute little details you have added and I am not surprised that you are very happy with it.... I would be too!! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Christine x

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

So very pretty!! I am amazed at the size! I don't do tiny very well, lol.
xx, Carol

deanna7trees said...

absolutely adorable.

Lilly's Mom said...

It's so adorable; I love the colors and all the little parts that compliment each other. I love it! My best to you, Pat :)

Annet said...

Congrats on your finish, it's a lovely sewing basket/threadcatcher/needlebook. :-)

Lara B. said...

Oh my goodness Barbara, you packed so many useful features into your sweet needle case. Great innovativeness! You will have a lot of fun putting it to work!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

It is a wonderful work of art and so useful too. You should be very pleased and proud of yourself.

Jacqueline Morris said...

Love your cute basket, I especially like all the useful spaces....very handy!! Thank you for popping in my blog for the Easter blog hop :) thought I would come and say 'hello'! I also live near the downs.... South Downs!
Smiles :)

Sheryl said...

Wonderful little basket Barbara, such pretty colours and very useful. clever you.

Kaisievic said...

Very clever, Barbara, it will be very useful on your travels.

Schulz Family said...

found you via another blog, via crazy mum quilts. Love this and the little pin cushion is so sweet.

Stitching Noni said...

I love your cute basket! How clever! Very pretty fabric colours :o)
Hugs xx

Stitching Noni said...

I love your cute basket! How clever! Very pretty fabric colours :o)
Hugs xx