Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet

Bionic Needle Organizer Wallet

Almost finished! 2014-07-14 13.19.45

Here’s my next pattern that is *almost* ready to go up on Craftsy!

When it does, it will be on sale for 50% off for the first day or two.

This wallet is sized to fit perfectly in the back pouch of the Bionic Gear Bag.

I have two of these for me.   One lives in my Bionic Gear Bag for use in my Sewmobile… and the other is at my sewing area at home.

This would make a spectacular (but inexpensive!) gift to give to your sewing friends or use as a fund raiser for guild silent auctions, etc.

Here’s how it works:

In the lower section, there are four vinyl see-through pockets that are sized to each hold one 5 pack and one 10 pack of sewing machine needles in their Schmetz packages.     If you use Klassé, it will probably work, but those are a bit fatter and won’t lay quite as nice as the Schmetz packages do.  The bottom half, therefore, will hold up to 60 new needles in their Schmetz packages.

The upper “Needle Parking Lot” is meant to hold used needles that are still good enough to use again.   If you really want to get technical about it, it’s not a good idea to put a used needle back into a package because the next time you pull it out, and if you have any problems at all (skipped stitches, usually) you won’t know if it’s possibly your needle or not causing the problem – because you probably won’t remember if it’s new or not.

If you pulled the needle from the Needle Parking Lot and *then* you have a problem, you can at least consider the needle as a suspect.  🙂

You’ll also notice a pin in the Needle Parking Lot picture above.   That pin is used as a place holder to mark what needle is currently in your machine.  🙂

About the pattern:

The Needle Parking Lot is made by printing a piece of cotton through an ink jet printer.   This is done by pressing the fabric onto a piece of Reynold’s Freezer Paper before running it through the printer.  It’s the coolest thing ever.  🙂

The pattern contains the instructions for printing on the cotton as well as the PDF of what you need to print to make this happen.   🙂   This printing on fabric trick has been used by quilters for quite a while – some make labels for their quilts this way.   It’s just genius!

If you already know that you want to make one of these when the pattern hits Craftsy, the materials list is below to get you started.

Till later,



Materials List

•    1 fat quarter (18” x 22”) or an assortment of scraps for exterior & the inside area that holds the needle cases
•    Interior “needle parking lot” – 1 – 8 ½ x 11” piece of white or other light colored quilting weight cotton
–   you may want a little extra for trial and error.
•    Batting for “needle parking lot” area – 2 pieces 8” x 5”
•    Pellon Peltex double fusible interfacing – 2 pieces 8” x 5”
•    Needle Pockets – 2 strips of 8” x 1 ½” Clear vinyl
•    Reynold’s Freezer Paper – 8 ½” x 11”
•    Thread
•    Iron
•    Sewing Machine Needles – I have good luck with Microtex size 80/12 & 90/14’s
•    Sewing Machine
•    Sewing Machine Feet:  walking foot is recommended for the “needle parking lot”, and please see more under “considerations” below.
•    Inkjet printer that is not front fed  (in other words, the paper doesn’t have to make a “U-turn” in the machine when being printed)

Considerations & Notes:

Colors of fabrics:  A light color is needed to print the “needle parking lot” grid.   I got lucky and I only needed one 8 ½” by 11” piece.  The first time I ran it through the printer, the fabric munged up a little and got smudged on one end – basically it cleaned out the inside of my old printer a little.  🙂

I flipped it around and ran it through again, and it worked.   Your mileage may vary.  🙂

Likewise, think of what color you want behind your needle packages.

Freezer Paper – I used Reynolds.  If you have something else, hey, try it.  🙂   Let me know how it goes – because I haven’t tried any other brands at this point.

About batting –  Personally, I like Warm & Natural cotton batting.

Peltex by Pellon –  This stuff is *amazing* for this project.   If you have something else you like, feel free to try it, but this project really needs the structure that the Peltex gives.  Plus, the double fusible is kinda important if you don’t want to quilt your exterior to the batting.

Serger Owners:  omigosh!  This project is the *first* thing I’ve ever made that I truly wished I owned a serger!   Making these is going to push me to buying one someday!!!   Instead of binding the edges, this is the perfect project for a well-done, serged, edge!

Sewing Machine Feet:  For me, I like working with:
• a ¼” foot
• an edge joining (or may be called “sttch in the ditch” foot)
• an open toe clear view foot
• as well as an overcasting foot.

The project can be completed with just a plain-ol’ foot… but I like the ease of control by using the ones above.