Moss Stitch Sewing Needle Case

When I asked mum what she would like for her birthday, she requested a sewing needle case so I started planning the design for the Moss Stitch Sewing Needle Case.


After thinking about it for a while, I decided to make one with a moss stitch knitted cover. I based the size and style for the design on my grandmothers old leather covered one that I use all the time.


I used a a lovely hand dyed 4 ply wool that I bought a few years ago on ebay.  I loved the colours when I saw them.  This is an ideal stashbuster project for left over sock or 4 ply wool.



  • 2.75mm double pointed needles (dpns)
  • 4 ply wool
  • felt – I used two contrasting colours
  • 1 button
  • I used a sewing machine to sew the spine but you could also sew this by hand.

Moss Stitch Pattern

Moss stitch is a simple and elegant textural stitch.  It consists of alternate knit and purl stitches.

  • Row 1 (RS):  k1, p1, repeat to last st, k1
  • Row 2:  As Row 1
  • These two rows form the pattern when worked over an uneven number of stitches.

The Moss Stitch Cover


  • Using 2.75mm dpns cast on 33 sts using the 4 ply wool.
  • Work in moss stitch until the front piece measures 8 cm (3 1/8 inches).
  • Leave the stitches on the dpn needle.


  • Work the tab separately.
  • Cast on 9 stitches.
  • Start the moss stitch with a knit stitch.
  • Work 7 rows in moss stitch.
  • Create the buttonhole in this row, work 3 sts then cast off 3 sts, then work to end keeping the moss stitch pattern correct.
  • Second part of buttonhole is created in this row, work 3 sts then cast on 3 sts then work to end.
  • Continuing in moss stitch, work another 11 rows.
  • Leave the sts on the dpn needle.



  • Cast on 33 sts
  • Working row 1 of the Moss Stitch Pattern – Moss stitch the first 12 sts, starting with a knit stitch and ending with a purl stitch
  • Work the next 9 sts and the 9 sts for the tab at the same time, starting with a knit stitch and ending with a knit stitch
  • Then continue to moss stitch the remaining 12 sts, starting with a purl stitch and ending with a knit stitch
  • Working row 2 of the Moss Stitch Pattern – continue the back until it measures 8 cm (3 1/8 inches).

Join the Front and Back together:

  • Place the back and front pieces with the Wrong Side facing each other and cast off the sts using the 3 needle cast off.  Darn in all the loose ends.


Adding the Felt “Pages”:

  • Take your felt for the felt “pages” inside the case. I chose 2 contrasting colours, a pale aqua and a deeper shade of turquoise.
  • Measure the needle case and cut the felt to the required size (twice the width and once the height) – I used my rotary cutter, mat and omnigrid rulers.
  • Open the needle case cover and lay it on top of the two pieces of felt.
  • Pin along the spine and sew, by hand or using a sewing machine, along the spine.
  • After the case was folded over, I carefully trimmed the felt wherever was necessary so that it had even sides, then trimmed the corners to a 45 degree angle.


Finishing Touches:

  • Choose a button for fastening the case. I chose a beautiful metal button recycled from an old cardigan.
  • Sew the button onto the front below the “closed” position of the tab button hole.
  • Just add sewing needles and the finished needle case is ready for gift wrapping.


About Nicolette


  1. I was so impressed.the case is so beautiful.I’m going to make one for my mother.I wish I could make one like yours !!!

  2. Jacky McFarlane says:

    congratulations on your new venture Nicolette, your blog is beautiful and I wish you every success. Love your gift you made for your mum

    • Thank you Jacky. I wish you every success with all your endeavours for 2013… Have a very Happy New Year! Would love to keep in touch.

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