Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Personalised Needle Book - A Tutorial



I made these needle books for my girls as part of a sewing kit gift I made to say thank you for pattern testing the tutorials in 


They are super simple to make. I used denim scraps from old jeans (white and blue) which makes the needle cases nice and sturdy.



To make this needle book you will need,

1 piece main outer fabric 16 x 10 cm (6.25 x 4")
1 piece inner fabric 20 x 14 cm (8 x 5.5")
Scrap inner fabric and fusible webbing for initial
2 pieces felt for pages 12 x 8 cm (4.75 x 3.25")
1 piece stitch in velcro 2.5 cm (1") long


First iron your fusible webbing to your fabric scrap, draw the mirror image of your initial letter, cut out and place on your main outer fabric piece. 
Fold this piece in half to find the centre of the front cover. Iron then appliqué stitch into place.

Now place this outer rectangle face up on top of your main inner piece which should be facing down. In this case your fabrics should be wrong sides together.

Double fold the inner fabric over the edges of your outer fabric like this. Pin into place.


Continue this all the way around. At the corners, fold one side in as shown in this photo, then continue to double turn the edges on the next side.



Pin then stitch this 'binding' in place close to the inner edges.





Add your velcro
First cut your velcro in half lengthways. 

Then lay one side each on the inner edges of your needle book cover. Pin then stitch into place.


Stitch around each velcro rectangle twice to make sure it's secure. The stitching will get tugged every time the book is opened.



The pages
Fold your main book cover in half and place a pin in the centre.

Then take your two felt rectangles and fold them in half both together and place a pin in the middle.


Now place your felt pages inside your needle book cover, matching up your centre pins.


Stitch into place along the pin lines.


That is your needle case finished and ready to add pins to.





I used the same fabrics as the girls sewing kit bags for these needle cases, so that everything matches.

My girls love their sewing kids and needle cases - I'm looking forward to doing lots more sewing with them!


This tutorial is also available as a free PDF download here.

If you want to see how to make the sewing kit bag shown in the picture above, you will find that tutorial here.

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6 comments:

  1. This is such a cute little idea! Would be great for gifts!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  2. Not surprised your girls love them, they're gorgeous, and really clear instructions too. Best of luck with your new e-book, such a great idea!

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  3. Wow! I love these personalized needle books you made. They are perfect for a holiday gift!
    Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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