Using a salvaged wool coat, you too can make a really cute holder for storing sewing needles. I use this project as a learning tool for beginner sewers. It is a fun way to introduce students to three introductory stitches: the basic running stitch, the cast-over stitch, and the back stitch. In addition, students learn to sew on buttons.
Search second hand stores for a wool coat or blazer that is worn out or ripped. Take it apart at the seams and felt the fabric by washing in hot water.
Order a pattern from me or design your own pattern. If you want to save time and support this website, send an e-mail requesting this pattern (HesterJane@FunInTheMaking.net) The pattern is 2$ and you can pay by clicking on the donation button on the right-hand side of this website. You will also receive a smaller version of this coat intended for making Christmas ornaments.
1. Print out the coat needle book pattern. (See instructions directly above.)
2. Trace and cut out two coat shapes. Follow the blue dots for the front piece and the pink dots for the back piece. Note that the back is slightly different on the center top of the coat. *Follow the perimeter of the coat: don’t cut the dotted lines that separate the sleeves from the coat body (D to E on pattern) yet.
3. Cut down the center top of coat (front of the coat only) about 2 inches or desired distance.
4. Pin the front and back of coat together.
5. Fold down and pin the collar.
6. Fold up cuffs and pin in place.
7. Use the overcast stitch to sew up the side of the sleeve from A to G on pattern. Do the same to the other side of coat.
8. Cut your sleeves D to E. I find that it is better to cut the sleeves now when you have the front and back of the coat lined up on top of each other. This way the front and the back of your sleeves will be the same size.
9. Sew sleeve front and back together D to E. Do not sew the body of the coat from D to E because you want the coat to open up like a notebook.
10. Sew on button(S). Sew the buttons to the front of the coat only.
11. Use a backstitch to make a decorative line across the bottom edge of the coat on thefront of the coat only.
12. Use a backstitch to make a decorative line across the bottom edge of the sleeve cuffs.
13. Sew the collar down.
14. Cut out the pockets of your choice.
15. Sew on the pockets using an overcast stitch or a straight stitch. Front of coat only.
16. Use a backstitch to make a decorative line on pockets.
If you or your child is interest in taking a class on how to make these adorable coats, please follow the link “Classes” on the top of this website for more information.
Here are samples of student’s work.
This coat was made by a soon to be 4th grader. Isn’t Sara’s coat so sweet!
This cute coat was made by a soon to be 5th grader. Great job Katie!