I didn't mean to make this now. It is something I thought about years ago and I just got the urge to make it.
Remember those sandwich plates that your grandmother had?
Every group I have ever belonged to had one in the cupboard that someone had donated. There were doylies that were made especially for these and I have been collecting them for years. This is part of my collection.
And today I worked out a way to re-use them. A needle case. I cut a piece of batting and some patchwork fabric to fit inside the crocheted edge and then slip stitched this into position.
Cut the leaves and machined these across the middle.
Attached a button and loop.
And I have a new needle book. Some of those other pieces have more complex shapes but I will work on that. I am pleased with this solution to the problem. I didn't have to cut into them, which would have just cut my soul but they can be reused and loved once again..