Butterfly Needlecase

Barbara Blankenship © 2011

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The inspiration for this design came from a class I took at the Houston Quilt Market taught by Diane Ricks with Hanah Silk. I loved her idea of a three-dimensional body and adapted this for my needlecase design.

Pattern Pieces:


  • Cut one fabric (on fold)

  • Cut one lining (on fold)

  • Cut one fusible fleece (on fold)


  • Cut one fabric

  • Cut one lining

Small body:

  • cut two fabric

Small butterfly:

  • cut two wool

Important: Cut large butterfly on the fold as indicated. Cut into a rectangle shape, fuse with fusible fleece and then cut out the wings. Make sure you also cut the fusible fleece on the fold. Note: Using your fused butterfly piece to cut the lining piece will assure proper alignment of the curves.

The small body will be traced onto two squares of fabric with right sides together. Stitch by machine using the lines you have traced. Stitch all the way around and lock your stitch.

Trim away excess fabric. Make a small slit in the fabric on one side only. Clip curves and “v’s.” Reverse and stuff with fiberfill. Stitch up the opening.

Wrap the stuffed body with gold braid securing each wrap on the backside.

Choosing Motifs for outside of needle case:

Find four motifs or “fussy cut” sections from larger motifs. Use your butterfly template to gauge the size you will need. Use Roxanne glue very sparingly to hold motifs in place while you stitch.

At this point stitch the small stuffed body in place. You can add antenna using the gold cording.


Follow the attached picture and add embellishments as indicated or change in any way you choose.

Inside Needlecase:


With right sides together stitch, leaving an opening for reversing. Stitch pocket in place using a blind stitch. There will be class directions for doing a beaded picot stitch around the pocket.

Picot edging creates a nice frame of little points around a finished piece and works really well for sewing two pieces of fabric together at the edge. To practice the picot edge stitch, make a fold in your fabric. Secure your thread on the underside of the fold and come through the fold to the surface of the fabric. String three beads and *at about the distance of one bead from where you started, sew across the folded edge of your fabric from the back to the front. Without piercing the fabric again, go up through the last bead strung and string on two more beads. Repeat from *.

To create a taller picot edge, start by stringing five beads and go up through the last two. Then from that point, string 3 at a time. Space the stitches about the width of one bead.

Experiment using different sizes and colors of beads. Try using a larger bead or a different color for the point.

Picot edging can be part of the body of a piece – make a small stitch in place of going through the fold.

Small butterfly pattern:

Cut two pieces from wool. Stitch down the middle with assorted beads and tack securely on each end. You can add a featherstitch antenna for the wool butterfly.

Final assembly. With right sides together pin the outside piece to the inside piece. It’s best to baste first using a ¼” seam allowance. Stitch evenly around all sides leaving an opening at the straight top or bottom. Reverse.



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