As you can see, my original Machine Needle Index is rather thick!
This made it awkward to handle, and I had to keep it stood up in an ice cream carton as it flopped about otherwise. I decided to re-design it to fit in a ring binder so it would be easier to handle and store. It also means I could add notes and samples.
Now here in the U.K. we use A4 paper for the printer, and I designed the new version to have two pages fit on an A4 sheet. (That makes each page A5). Now you could leave the two pages as they are and put them in an A4 ring binder, but as I wanted to have the organizer open flat on my worktable when I was sewing, an open A4 folder would take up a lot of room, as you can see above.
So I decided to buy an A5 ring binder as it is half the size, and found this one on Amazon. It flops open and flat, which is perfect. It's black, which is not so perfect, so I may have to do something about that!
I used white felt this time, but I rather wished I had chosen a colour instead as this is a bit dull. I stuck the pages back to back (to hide and seal my stitches) with double sided-tape again as I still haven't bought a hot glue gun, then punched the holes.
Et voila! My New Improved Machine Needle Organizer!
Much better, I'm happy with that, far more sleek and professional looking. I bought two of the A5 binders as I thought I might make the other a gift, with some needles in it. I am not sure what I will do with my original prototype now, seems a shame to throw it away after all that effort!
So 'over the pond' I know you use U.S. Letter size paper, but do you have an equivalent half size like our A5? I thought I might do a Tutorial and include the files to download and print so you could make your own. What do you think?
STOP PRESS! Free tutorial and downloadable pdf files for a new improved version now available!