project: diy needle threader
We have this fun calendar with crazy days and holidays listed, and imagine my delight when I saw Thread the Needle Day was coming up. And here it is! I made a special little project just for today. Are you ready? Here she is!
A needle threader! That you can make and love. What? You're wondering who would actually love a needle threader? Seriously. Look at that face and try not to love her. Rarely do I use a threader, relying on my eyesight that is only going to last me so long. But this one is cute enough to convince me to save my eyes!
Here's what you need:
Felt in tan plus another color (I recommend wool)
Super fine wire (I believe that fine fishing line also works)
Note: The wire I used came in a kit years ago, so I don't have specifics on the gauge. But you can see from comparison to the other items here that it's really fine and on a tiny spool!
Cut a piece of felt to 1 x 3 inches. Cut two pieces of tan felt to 1-1/4 x 3/16 inches.
Fold the larger piece in half, then make two small holes along the fold line. (I used this punch...I love it! You could also use a large needle.)
Stitch a little face, if you want, then add some lines of running stitches to act as thread. Yes, my lines are a different color than the spool. Yes, I like it that way!
Cut a piece of wire or fishing line and tie it through the holes. Leave a loop that is about 1 inch long, then securely twist and/or knot the ends on the wrong side of the felt.
Apply some craft glue to one half of the felt piece, then fold it closed.
Glue the tiny tan strips of felt to the top and bottom to finish off the spool. It's a good idea to place this under a heavy book for a little while as it dries.
To use your new needle threader, bend the wire just enough to poke it through the eye of your needle. Slip a strand of thread or embroidery floss through the loop of wire, then pull it through the eye of the needle.
Hey! You just threaded the needle on Thread the Needle Day!