August 11, 2011

30 minute Thursdays...a very simple needle book

hi there Thursday crafters!

a useful 30 minute project for you today...a very simple needle case using leftover felt pieces...another project which is simple enough to do with the younger crafters in your lives...but cute enough to do for yourself or even as a gift for another stitcher :0)

You will need:
2 colours of felt
embroidery floss and a large holed needle
scissors and/or a die cutter
a button
some needles

Begin with 3 pieces of felt layered one upon the other.  I have alternated light and dark for contrast and my pieces are roughly 6" x 3".

Add a simple line of running stitch through the centre to create a spine for your needle book and hold the pages together.  Do a double stitch {i.e. stitch again over the original stitch} at either end and tie a knot.  Trim this fairly closely.  Make sure your stitches do not go right to the edges!!

Close the book up and use big sharp scissors to cut it into a fun shape...this is why you didn't want to stitch right to the don't want to cut your stitching ;0)

Fill the leaves of your book with a selection of needles or pins of your choosing...

Finally, we will decorate the book.  I've cut two Tim Holtz tattered floral blooms on my Big Shot and layered them with a toning button in the middle.  Sew these together and then sew onto the front to hold the front down and keep your book in shape, and to give it a bit of personality.  If you don't have a die cutter you could cut any simple flower shape by hand and make a truly unique needle book.

Thanks for stopping by and as usual i hope you enjoy having a go at this project...its part of my never ending quest to create a simpler, more organised craftroom!! lol


Shoshi said...

That brings back some memories, Alix! About 50 years ago I made one something like that at school. It was pink, with some felt flowers on the front. Would you believe it, I've still got it!!

misteejay said...

Lovely idea Alix - TFS

Toni xx

Ginger said...

what a cute idea, and how do you keep your craft sheet so clean, lol

alexa said...

This is much prettier than the plain ones I've made before - love your skill with the tattered die. I've seen it a few times now and loved it each time - I really will have to get one!

Sam said...

Hey Alix, I love this needle book!! Might have to make this.