Here is an easy DIY tutorial for a collapsible eye needle. It seems I always need them. I never have them, so I decided to make my own on the fly. They work pretty well.
Materials & Tools:
Round Nose Pliers
Flush Cutters/End Nippers
26 gauge or smaller craft wire
Cut about 10 inches of craft wire. Place your round nose pliers at the center point of the wire about midways down the beak of the pliers.
Cross the wire ends over each other. Begin twisting the wire (not wrapping) until you reach the desired length. Trim ends. Slide the needle off the pliers. Straighten and use until you wear it out.