Step 1: Materials and Tools
-Cotton swab (Or similar object that can yield a small section of tightly rolled paper, like a lollipop stick)
-Thick paper or card stock (I used a "desk calendar", a big sheet of card stock covered in advertisements someone slipped under my dorn room door, if you wonder later why there's stuff on it.)
-Standard size card (For measurement)
Step 2: Measure and cut the cover
First, we're going to make a paper cover to put everything in and to keep the needle from running away. Put the card in the corner of your card stock and trace around it, then move it and do this two more times as shown, creating three touching rectangles, each the size of a standard credit card. Then, cut around the outside line so you're left with a rectangle three credit card-lengths long.
Step 3: Cover the needle
Cut one of the ends off of your cotton swab, then cut off a little more so you're left with a short length of paper stick. Make sure it doesn't go flying and get lost when you cut it! This piece will be used to cover the point of the needle. Press it on to the point of the needle HARD to ensure that it won't come off. USE CAUTION. It would not be very hard to stab yourself with the needle doing this. I did it by hand the first time without hurting myself, but I'd recommend that you use two sets of pliers as I show in the pictures. I found that it was easier to get a grip on the needle to press it tightly into the paper with the pliers anyway.
Step 4: Fold the cover and cut again
Fold the cover at both of the lines that were drawn earlier so that it will be the size of a single credit card when folded in three. Then, take one of the short ends and fold it in again just a little bit. The needle will be contained under this short flap. Hold the needle over this flap, approximately centered, and draw two small marks, one at each end of the paper cap. Then cut out a small notch between the marks as pictured, going through both layers.