A few weeks ago, I posted about using a Spoonflower swatch to create a needle book (image shown above). I had to wait until I made a few more so I could get some process photos but finally had a chance to put together a tutorial with images for my needle book project. It is easy sewing machine project and a scrap buster! I hope this is useful to some of you who need a handy place to hold your sharp implements and for anyone who wants a last minute crafty gift to create 🙂
Note: Project requires sewing machine and iron.
-full 8” x 8” Spoonflower fabric swatch (as printed with white borders still kept on) [In this tutorial, I’ve used a swatch of the larger scale version of my Sew, My Darling fabric]
-piece of fabric at least of equal size to full fabric swatch for lining (or second Spoonflower fabric swatch)
-one sheet of felt (or two, if you prefer to have different colored pages)
-9” section of bias tape (I use ½” single fold bias tape, but you may prefer a variation)
-OPTIONAL: fusible interfacing, ribbon
- Create three pattern pieces using plain printer paper:
-COVER: 8 3/8” x 5 1/4”
-POCKET: 8 3/8″ x 2 5/8″
-PAGES: 6 1/2” x 3 3/4″
These pieces have a 3/8” seam allowance factored in.
- On the Spoonflower fabric swatch, cut off top and bottom white borders. Keep the smaller borders on the left and right edges, these will be hidden inside your seam allowances.
Center the COVER pattern piece in the middle of the white bordered areas on the left and right sides, aligning bottom edge of pattern piece with bottom of fabric. Pin and cut.
- OPTIONAL: To add some structure to the outside cover, you may choose to use fusible interfacing. To do this, pin and cut out a piece of fusible interfacing with the COVER pattern piece. Following the directions for your specific type of interfacing, fuse using an iron to the wrong side (inside) of the cover fabric.
- On leftover Spoonflower fabric swatch piece, center POCKET. Pin and cut out.
- Cut second COVER and POCKET pieces out of lining fabric.
- Pin and cut 2 x PAGES out of felt.
- Now you are ready to sew! Pin wrong sides of POCKET and POCKET lining together and baste 1/4” from edges with sewing machine. This will keep everything secure and flat while you work.
- Take your strip of bias tape and unfold one edge, pinning flush to top of basted pocket edge. Sew (the distance from the edge will depend on how large your bias tape is, just make sure you go lower than your basting stitch so it is hidden).
- Wrap remaining width of bias tape over the top pocket edge, encasing the raw edge inside. Pin and sew closed, a scant distance from the front outside edge of the bias tape.
- Position the POCKET on the right side of the COVER lining piece, matching the bottom edge and sides. Lay the right side of the outside COVER face down against the pieces you have just positioned lining up all the edges and sandwiching the pocket inside. Pin all edges together. Sew 3/8” seam allowance all the way around, leaving a two inch opening at the center top.
- Clip corners and then flip inside out using opening. Push out corners using something blunt if necessary. Press so the edges are nice and crisp.
- Pin the opening closed** and pin around the rest of the edges to ensure when stitching everything will sit where it should. At this point I do a double row of stitching, mainly because I like the aesthetic of it. It is possible to do just one row of stitching (or more) if you’d like but you must ensure that you catch the seam allowance of the opening so that it is closed properly. Sew 1/8” from edge. Repeat sewing 1/8” from the first line of stitching.
- **You can hand sew the opening closed before proceeding or you can just use the top stitching to close everything up.
- OPTIONAL: If you would like to add any extra embellishments to your pages such as a ribbon, elastic, buttons, etc., this would be the time to do it (before Step 14).
- Mark the center of the inside needle book at the top and bottom using pins. Repeat with the felt pages, making sure they are stacked and aligned on all sides before pinning. These will be your place markers for centering the pages on top of the inside cover.
- Position the two felt PAGES on top of the inside of the needle book cover using the pin guides. Make sure the pages are equal distance from the top and bottom and from left and right sides. Pin and stitch down through all layers from center front top to bottom.
- Fold entire book closed along the center and press along the center fold. This will help keep it closed.
Now you have a lovely little homemade gift that will help keep you or someone else organized! Please let me know if anyone has any questions about this project or any issues come up with my directions 🙂 Happy Holidays!