embroidered needle book

I made this needle book last week from some scrap material I had left over from a previous project. It was really simple and cost virtually nothing to make, as I used things I already had. Even if you had to go pick up a few supplies, we’re taking CHEAP.

What a sweet, handmade gift idea for the girl who likes to sew! Mother’s Day is coming up, you know.

HERE, IN A NUTSHELL, IS HOW I DID IT

  • The fabric already had a floral print, so I just outlined some of the flowers with different colored thread in varying stitches.
  • I chose an arbitrary size for the book, and then cut it out so that there would be enough fabric to line the inside and outside of the book, with a little seam allowance.
  • I first sewed the bottom (long) seam of the book, leaving the ends open, and inserted cardstock lined on either side with felt, to give the cover some padding and stiffness. I used two pieces, one each for the front and back, using a little tacky glue to hold them in place.
  • I then used soft wool felt, cut into three pieces for the pages, and sewed it onto the cover with one seam down the middle.
  • Next I sewed closed the two open sides of the cover by hand, and into the back cover I sewed in a looped rope of braided embroidery thread for the fastener.
  • Lastly, I sewed a button onto the front cover, for the loop to go around, to hold the book closed.
front cover

front cover

inside cover

inside cover

pages

pages

closure

closure

open book

open book

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