close

Search Term

Enter a search term (optional)

Categories

Select One (optional)


Difficulty Level

Select One (optional)

Estimated Cost

Select One (optional)

Materials

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafts
  • Craft Foam
  • Pipe Cleaner Crafts
  • Clay & Sculpting
  • Nature Crafts
  • Wood Crafts
  • Beads & Jewelry
  • Recycled Crafts
  • Painting & Coloring
  • Food Crafts
  • Plastic
  • Mixed Media/Miscellaneous
Time to complete

Select One (optional)

Primary Technique

Select One (optional)

Holiday

Select One (optional)

Season

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter
Age Group

Select as many as you like (optional)

  • Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens
FaveCrafts.com

Menu

Latest Comments

Sew Girl
"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

What is Punch Needle Embroidery?

Learn the basics of how to needle punch with this helpful how-to.

My Punch Needle Adventure

Punch needle embroidery is a craft where you punch loops of thread through fabric to create the look of a miniature rug hooking project. It allows you a great deal of freedom to play because you can easily draw a variety of designs on the fabric without the complexity of stitching them.

If you're a fan of rug hooking projects, you'll love the look of punch needle embroidery. You only need a few very basic tools to get started! If you buy a kit, it's easy to follow along with the pattern to create your project. However, if you're an artist you can design your own patterns, or you can use free printables online as your templates. Learn more about needle punching in our helpful article.

What is Punch Needle Embroidery?

How to Do Punch Needle Embroidery

Needle punching is so soothing because of the rhythmic motion. It's perfect for working on with the TV on in the background. Learn the basics of how to "paint with thread" when you do punch needle embroidery!

Materials:

  1. Punch needle
  2. Embroidery floss
  3. Weavers cloth (cotton + polyester blend)
  4. Embroidery hoop or frame

Instructions:
  1. Thread your needle. Your punch needle should come with a threader along with instructions for how to do it.
  2. Draw or transfer your design to the weavers cloth. If you're working out of a kit, your design will likely be on the weavers cloth for you already.
  3. Stretch your cloth "drum tight" in your embroidery hoop or on the frame you're working with.
  4. Set your depth on the needle. This will affect the size of your loops.
  5. Begin punching! You want the bevel on your needle pointing in the direction of your work; the tail of the embroidery thread should not get in the way of your needle. Another way to think of it is that you should have the scooped out portion of the needle facing you. You also want to be sure you punch the full depth of the needle as this will help you maintain the even size of your loops.
  6. Punch about one needle's width apart. 
  7. You'll be working on the reverse side of the project so that the back is facing you. This is okay! Some designers prefer how the back looks instead of the front, so this is totally up to you.
  8. Turn your work as you punch. This is easier!
  9. If your thread becomes frayed, you are punching too close together. Try increasing the distance between loops slightly.
Resources:

Basic Punch Needle YouTube Video Tutorial by Notforgotten Farm

Punch Needle Projects on FaveCrafts

Find three of our favorite punch needle projects below!

My Punch Needle Adventure
Cupcake Punch Needle Project

Have you tried needle punch? What tips and tricks would you say to a beginner?

Free projects, giveaways, exclusive partner offers, and more straight to your inbox!

Your Recently Viewed Projects

I have not made this yet so I cannot rate it.

Include a Photo Include a Photo

Click the button above or drag and drop images onto the button. You can upload two images.

Cancel Reply to Comment

Thanks for your comment. Don't forget to share!

I too did this year's ago and had forgotten all about it until this reminded me. I made all kinds of cute embellishments. Now my hands are itching to try it again. It was easy and always came out just great. Thank you for reminding me about this old craft I had forgotten.

This is a really fun technique and a trip down memory lane for me. It was during the 90's when I was making a lot of cute and soft animal appliques for my kids using needle punch embroidery. It was quite relaxing and the results always looked great. The kids loved their sweaters and sweatshirts I decorated with the appliques.

Sigo, if you have any punch needle tutorials on your site, I'd love to feature them on FaveCrafts! :)

I wish I had made images of those projects back then. ) If I make any new projects, I will surely submit them to Fave Crafts! I need to look and even find the needles in my craft jungle here. I have not seen nor used them since years.

Close

Report Inappropriate Comment

Are you sure you would like to report this comment? It will be flagged for our moderators to take action.

Thank you for taking the time to improve the content on our site.


Project of the Day

No Pattern Beach Kimono

The No Pattern Beach Kimono is a perfect DIY beach cover up if you want something light to wear over a swimsuit. You will learn how to… Continue reading: "No Pattern Beach Kimono"

 

 

Something worth saving?

Register now for FREE to:

  • SAVE all your favorite crafts
  • ADD personal notes
  • QUICKLY reference your crafts

 

Sponsored Content

Connect With Us

Facebook Instagram Twitter Pinterest Twitter
Blog Email RSS

About Us Advertise Contact Us FAQ Keyword Index Privacy Policy Share Your Project Subscribe Terms of Service Unsubscribe

---- 1 ----

close

Images from other crafters

There are currently no images from other crafters.

I Love It