Each needle-threader is made of three layers of cardstock and a loop of
beading wire. To thread a needle, guide the wire loop through the eye of the needle, insert the thread through the loop, then pull the threaded loop through the needle: voilà - a threaded needle. Very handy for the reading glasses generation. Or if you are working in poor light.
|Pull the threaded loop through the eye of the needle.|
Just print it out, full-size, on a piece of A4 cardstock. I used American Crafts 12 x 12 cardstock that I cut down to A4 size. The cardstock is printer-friendly, folds nicely, and it has an attractive canvas-like texture. Cut out all the pieces. Scissors will do for cutting the edges. You will need a craft knife and a cutting mat for cutting the slits in the centre layer of the needle-threader fans. (It is easier to cut the slits before cutting the fans out of the paper.)
Here's how to make the needle-threaders:
|Raise the fan slits using the blunt end of a needle.|
|Cut a piece of beading wire with scissors; fold a loop.|
|Pass the loop through the slits; tape down trim excess wire.|
|Apply tacky glue to the taped side of the fan; glue onto fan bottom layer.|
|Apply glue to the other side and glue on the top fan layer.|
|Smooth all three layers together to achieve a good bond.|
|The drawer is lined with contrast paper.|
|Matchbox printable: cut out and folded. Plus two brads for the drawer-pulls.|
The long sides of the drawer must be folded in half lengthwise.
|Just one overlap to stick to make the slipcase (use glue or ds tape).|
|Drawer: stick all four of the long base tabs first.|
|Next, apply tape to the end flaps and tabs. Carefully stick them down.|
|The long flaps are the last to stick down.|
|Carefully smooth the sides.|
|Insert a brad on either end and spread the wings.|
|Finally, insert the drawer.|
There's room in the matchbox for a reel of sewing cotton or two - and a packet of needles, in addition to the needle threaders. Very handy.
Thanks again to patient Leah, for taking the pics.