6 January 2009

How To Make A Needle Book

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Skill Level : Piece Of Cake..
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Here's a really quick and easy way to use up those last scraps of fabric to make a dinky place to keep your sewing needles or safety-pins.
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You will need :
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2 pieces of fabric for the cover
2 pieces of felt
Pinking shears
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Cut your 2 pieces of fabric to double the width you want your book to be.
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With right sides together, overlock or sew both long edges and one short edge, leaving one short edge un-sewn.
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Turn inside out, push out the corners and press seams with an iron.
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Fold the open (un-sewn) edge inwards and then top-stitch all edges.
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Fold the cover of your book in half and press with an iron to give you a crease down the "spine"
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Pin the 2 pieces of felt together. Use enough pins to make sure the layers of felt can't slip.
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Using your Pinking Shears, cut all 4 edges of your felt so that they are slightly smaller than the size of your cover.
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Once you're happy with the size of your felt, pin to cover and then sew along the crease you ironed down the middle of your cover.
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Your book should now look like this:
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You can either call this the finished article, or you can then top-stitch the middle of the book. All this does is stop the pages always falling open at the middle. (Not a great explanation, sorry!)
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Once you've got the hang of it, you can embellish your covers as much as you want!
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14 comments:

Sal said...

A lovely idea for all those left over smaller pieces of fabric! ;-)

MelMel said...

Lovely ideas for stocking fillers for next yr.....xx

Marie said...

Very cute. I could definitely use one of these too, my needles are alway strewn along the bottom of my sewing box! I'm such an untidy crafter!

xMx

Judy said...

These would be great little gifts to make out of that last little piece of cool fabric - you know the one - it's too small for anything else but you can't bear to throw it out ... ;o) Judy

Swirlyarts said...

Oh this is cool - I'm going to make one for my sister :)

bekimarie said...

Hi,
Just saw your comment on MelMels blog.
A few years ago I went from a size 18/20 to a 8/10 losing 5 1/2 stone but I did it on my own, no slimming clubs. So it can be done, it just needs to be the right time.
Since having Jack i'm now back up to a size 18 but determined this will be the year I lose it.
Take care
Hugs
Beki xxx

bekimarie said...

Love the needle case by the way!
Going to give one a go for the gorgeous Jess xxx

April said...

oooh lovely and you make it look so easy - i may have to make one

April xx

Tiff said...

This is my first time here. I love that tutorial! Thanks! I will be sure to visit again!

Andrea said...

I LOVE that case!! I also LOVE the way that you have been able to post those Piccies editing out the backgrounds...how did you do that??!!! x

Casey said...

cute easy idea! thanks

Jo said...

Great project Emma! Thank you for the tut.
How are you? hope you're well and had a fantastic christmas!
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2009 too ;)

Jo xx

thriftymrs said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I think I'll make one for my mother in law.

Chocolate Cat said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I will definately be churning some of these out!! Great to use those last bits of some favorite fabrics.