I did similar knitting needles for a swap last year. the case is faux suede from a place mat I found. I love the blue :) I used 50 yen coins my brother brought back from Japan for the closure with a strip of leather and some blue pearl-like beads. staining the dowels was the hardest part. I actually started them back in the summer! but the case went together really quick. I might post a how-to if anyone is interested in doing one.