I recently found out about the existence of a needle case made by Jane Austen for her niece. According to the Jane Austen Centre, it is on display at Chawton Cottage and bears the inscription “With Aunt Jane’s love”.
The directions for making it are on their website and are very straightforward, so I decided to give it a go.
You need a layer of cardstock, a layer of patterned paper, a layer of felt, and two ribbons, 30cm long. The measurements are all on the website, but I altered mine a little bit. Now it is basically a process of sticking it all together.
First, lay a piece of ribbon horizontally between the cardstock and the patterned paper and stick it down with glue.
Then lay the felt on top of the paper layers, with the other piece of ribbon placed on the inside of the “spine”. Hand stitch a vertical line of running stitch through all layers down the centre.
The vertical ribbon can be tied in a bow on the outside of the “spine” and the front can be decorated as you wish. The horizontal ribbon can also be used to tie the finished booklet closed.
Needles or pins can now be put into the felt on the inside of the little booklet. Very cute!
My finished needle case measured 7 cm by 9 cm. Have some fun making your own!
Sources and Relevant Links
Make Jane Austen’s Needle Case – The Jane Austen Centre
Jane Austen’s Sewing Box, by Jennifer Forest – a book all about Jane Austen crafts!