I wanted to show off a little needlebook that I made last night during the sewing class I teach at the library.
There are a million or so tutorials on making needlebooks on the internet, so I am not going to show the step-by-step. I cut two coordinating pieces of fabric and one piece of felt 3.5″ by 6.5″. It doesn’t matter what color that piece of felt is- it will be sandwiched between the layers. (I used felt instead of fusible fleece because it’s cheaper and the library’s budget for this program isn’t huge so I am trying to save where I can, but fusible fleece or quilt batting would also work.) The “pages” are coordinating felt cut to 2.5″ by 4.5″
You will also need about a 3″ piece of thin elastic. Make it into a loop and hand sew through the tails, wrapping the thread around them a few times to make a little knot. This will help keep it from popping out as you use the needlebook.
Stack the two fabrics right sides together on top of the felt with the elastic loop centered on one of the short sides. Stitch around the perimeter with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving about a 2″ opening on one of the long ends. Clip the corners and turn it right side out. Edge stitch around the whole perimeter. (I did 1/4″ from the edge, but you could do 1/8″ for a more dainty look.)
Fold in half to find the center and mark it with pins. Do the same with your felt pages, then place them on the cover and stitch down the center to bind your book.
Close the book and mark where your button needs to go to match the elastic loop. Stitch your button on, organize your needles in the pages (I’m planning to use mine for all of those sewing machine needles that aren’t brand new anymore but still have some life in them) and sew on!
P.S. my exterior fabric and button are vintage, and the interior fabric is a scrap from JoAnn long ago if you keep track of such things. 🙂
What are you stitching up this weekend?