This little book will certainly hold your needles. It could also be a repository for the scraps you can’t part with. It could tell a story, mark an occasion, like a birth or anniversary, or be a sort of travel journal, the pages filled with little things found along the way and saved.
I always travel with small sewing and it is always a mess of ziplock bags and other aesthetically unappealing containers with sharp things poking out of them. This started as a practical project and turned into a whole other thing.
I made this needle book for future me. Future me is the sort of person who is packed a week before travel, has extra light bulbs and never runs out of toilet paper.
I’m in love with my little needle book and plan to take it pretty much everywhere for the rest of my life. There are more of these books in my future, for needles and ideas and memories. It is good winter evening sewing.
I’ve put together a tutorial for you below. And subscribers will have a link to a pdf download emailed to them.
You will need a basic sewing kit and the templates.
- cotton or light linen
- scraps for details
- matching and contrasting thread
- embroidery thread
- batting or felt
- light weight cardboard
Cut out two each of the A, B, C and heart pattern pieces. One side of A will be your cover page. Add patches, embroidery, appliqués, and other details to your pages. Also cut out 2 cardboard support pieces from light weight cardboard ( a cereal box is great). Use a glue stick to glue the cardboard to pieces of batting or felt and cut out.
Note: Piecing fabric together before cutting the pattern shapes creates a nice variety in the pages.
Cut a 3 and 1/2 inch length of ribbon or trim and fold in half. With the right side of the cover fabric facing you pin the folded ribbon to the center of the left side. The folded edge should extend 1 and 1/4 inches from the seam line. I’m using 1/4 inch cotton twill tape.
Pin The A, B, C and heart pieces with the right sides together and stitch the seam lines. Leave a small section on each open for turning. Be sure that the opening on A is large enough to insert the cardboard supports. Clip off the corners of the rectangles close to the seam. Clip the bottom point of the heart and clip notches around the curves at the top and at the center.
Turn your sewn and clipped pieces right side out. Use a chopstick or similar to push the corners and curves all the way out. Add any additional appliqué or other details.
Insert the cardboard and batting pieces into the cover page. The batting side should be facing the inside and the cardboard facing the outside cover. Push the cardboard all the way to each side, there should be an empty space between them. Leave the cover open at the bottom.
Stack the pages with the ribbon loop on the right and and fold your book in half.
Fold the loop up over the cover to determine the location for your button. Stitch the button in place and – optionally stitch right through the cardboard support for a tighter attachment. If you stitch through the cardboard you can cover the knot with an appliqué.
Stitch each of the pages closed and press. Before we begin finishing the page edges check out this tutorial on how to hide your knots.
Blanket stitch the edges of each page with embroidery thread. 1. Make one stitch perpendicular to the edge and knot at the top. Insert your needle away from the edge and about 3/8 “ from the first stitch. 2. Bring the needle through the loop. 3. Pull the thread tight and repeat.
To assemble the book stack the pages. The loop should be on your right. Make sure your pages are centered and pin in place with several pins. Attach the bottom of page B to the inside of page A at the center with 1 or 2 stitches. Use thread that matches the blanket stitch on page B.
Stitch the center top as well. Notice you are stitching all the way through page B but just catching one layer of fabric of page A.
Using thread that matches the blanket stitch of page C, attach page C to B at the top and bottom center.
Stitch the top and bottom center of the heart to page C using thread matching the heart edge stitches. Stitch all the way through the heart but just catching the top layer of page C.
Finished! Add all your tiny projects, precious scraps and sewing tools and you are ready to travel.
If you make needle books I’d love to see. You can email photos to info at ann wood handmade dot com or use #annwoodhandmade or #annwoodpattern on instagram.