Easy Postcard Needlecase

Dakotah Davis 2010

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Turn your fabric postcard blanks into these delightful needlecases to use yourself or give as gifts to friends. This project is easy enough for a beginner, and it is also a great way to use up those small scraps you've saved after a project.

Materials needed:

  • Pre-made 4 x 6 fabric postcard If your postcard has only one thickness, or if you are using a one-layer fabric piece, line it with heavyweight stabilizer. The fabric fusion process works well because it has many layers and is thicker. See my article on fabric fusion in this issue. A crazy quilt piece would also work well; line with stabilizer and embroider before assembly. Embellish with beadwork or charms after assembly or avoid beading in areas to be machine-stitched.
  • Felt piece size 4 " x 3 " in a complimentary color
  • Fusible web 4x 6
  • Lining fabric piece 4x 6 in a complimentary color
  • 22 long matching satin ribbon 1/8" 3/8 wide
  • One or two 21 lengths decorative trim (optional)
  • Rayon machine embroidery thread or other machine sewing thread
  • Beading or craft thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Sew-on snap
  • A one-inch piece of trim, motif or fabric fusion scrap
  • New needles and pins
  • Flat plastic thread bobbin
  • Small embroidery scissors, about 3 long
  • Three yards silk thread in a complimentary color

Assembly time: Approximately two to three hours


Begin with your 4" x 6" fabric postcard top, lining and wonder-under/fusible web piece. Apply web to lining, then apply lining to postcard top. Surge or satin stitch around postcard edges to finish. Apply tiny dots of fabric glue to any clipped stitching threads.

You can leave your postcard like this or add trim to one or both sides. Allow 21 per side. If using two trims, apply one side by machine stitching using matching thread. Hand sew second trim with bead or craft thread.

Fold case in half lengthwise, and iron to create a crease down the middle. Find center of inside edge, and apply sew-on snap using bead or craft thread. Glue clipped ends.

On the right interior side of the cover, measure for the placement of your trim piece or motif that you will use as your scissor sheath. Use the scissors as a guide. Hand or machine stitch into place. Angle stitching in a V shape to ensure a tight fit.

Fold the satin ribbon in half. On the left interior side at the top, attach your ribbon piece, stitching it on the fold.

Fold the felt piece in half lengthwise, and press lightly to create a crease down the middle. Apply center crease of felt over center crease of postcard interior. Trim the top and bottom of felt if it overlaps the interior trim. Machine or hand stitch into place.

Wind matching silk thread onto flat bobbin. Thread ribbon into bobbin card hole and tie a bow.

Slide needles and pins into the interior felt piece. (The felt can be trimmed if it overlaps at the side edges. You want the interior trim to be visible and you want to be able to snap the needlecase shut.)

Slide scissors into the sheath be sure the fit is snug so you won't lose your scissors. If the fit is not snug enough, secure the sheath with a few additional stitches. Pictured is a one-inch (inchie) fabric fusion scrap - finished before placement in the needlecase with a satin stitch of rayon machine embroidery thread.

Here is part of a lace motif I used as a scissor sheath in the blue and pink needlecase.

A piece of gimp tape worked well for the purple needlecase.

Use the snap closure to snap shut. The outside of the cover could be further embellished with stitching, beadwork or charms. Any embroidery work should be done on the postcard blank before assembly. If beads or charms are added, be sure to avoid placing them in areas where you will machine stitch, as this could cause breakage.

Enjoy your new needlecase or give as a gift to a friend!

Author's note: I had so much fun making these needlecases. I already had the postcard tops ready since I have been making a lot of fabric postcards lately for swaps. These were leftovers and had not yet been turned into postcards. These little cases come together so easily and quickly. I can't wait to make more.


Dakotah Davis lives in a small town in Kansas. She enjoys crazy quilting and learning other types of artwork. She has been learning about crazy quilting for the past 10 years. Some of her crazy quilt influences include Judith Baker Montano, Sharon Boggon and J. Marsha Michler. She is a member of several yahoo crazy quilt groups and the ning group StitchinFingers.
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