Written and Designed by
Janet M. Davies
The Needle Pad has a quilting fabric front and a felt backing which
needles slide into easily. Great for storing the needle in for your
current project. The fabric and felt is fused together with fusible
webbing and then all layers are Buttonhole stitched with Picots around the edge with
a tassel made from the stitching thread.
The scissor fob is created the same but do not fuse layers of fabric and
felt. It is slightly stuffed with a small Bullion stitch rose stitched
Needle Pad Instructions
1. Cut a piece of Quilting fabric, felt and fusible
webbing 4 x 6cm (1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches).
2. Fuse all layer together
with fusible layer in the centre.
3. By cutting, round off the corners.
4. Buttonhole stitch around
the edge of the pad through all layers. I used Pearl 8 cotton but 4
strands of 6 stranded cotton can be used. Every 4th buttonhole spike
make a picot.
5. With working thread
attached to one corner of the fabric; for the tassel wrap
working thread around 3 fingers about 12 times to form a loop while
taking the thread in through the corner of the fabric also. Then remove
your fingers. Then wrap the working thread around the bunch of threads
just under the edge of the Buttonhole stitch a few times and secure end
of working thread. Then cut open the end of the loops to make the flayed
end of the tassel.
Buttonhole Stitch with Picots
1. After Buttonhole stitching to where you want a picot, (every
4th buttonhole spike make a picot) take the
needle into the ridge of the stitching where the needle has just come
out of, but do not go through the fabric. Place the thread under the
needle and then pull out the needle. Pull the thread until a small chain
(loop) has been formed.
2. Now put the needle inside the
chain and bring the thread under the needle again and pull the needle
out to form another chain. The needle does not go into the fabric. Thus
creating a row of Chain stitch, but ‘in the air’. Make another chain.
You should have made 3 chains now.
3. Then take the needle and
thread up behind the last long Buttonhole stitch made and pull the
thread until the chains form a small knot.
4. Now carry on with your
Buttonhole stitch until you need to make another picot.