Stitch on-the-go & in style!
Organize and keep your hand-sewing tools accessible with this cute needle book. Featuring a designated spot for needles and a pocket for threads and thimbles, this needle book also has a special place for scissors and a pen. This needle book also makes a great gift for a beginning sewist. Fill it with notions, and they’ll be set to go. So cute!
These are the supplies needed to make a needle book:
- Plastic snap fastener pliers kit
- 1/2″ plastic snap fasteners – 2 sets
- 1-1/2″ hexagon paper piecing shapes – 3 pieces
- Hand sewing needles: embroidery & sharps
- Water soluble fabric pen
- Getta Grip® sewing clips
- 5 coordinating fabrics
- Small piece of felt
- Embroidery floss in a coordinating color
- Fusible fleece interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Smooth)
- Lightweight fusible interfacing (such as Fairfield™ Stabilize)
- Iron and pressing surface
- Sewing machine and matching thread
Prep – cut 1 each of each of the below materials:
- 7” x 10” outer fabric
- 7” x 10” lining fabric
- 4.5” x 10” pocket front fabric
- 5.5” x 10” pocket lining fabric
- 7” x 10” fusible fleece
- 7” x 10” lightweight fusible stabilizer
- 4.5” x 10 lightweight fusible stabilizer
- 2.5” x 4” felt
- Cut 3 pieces of 2” x 19” binding fabric
Gather your supplies, and prep your fabric as noted above.
1) Fuse the fleece interfacing to the wrong side of the outer fabric.
2) Fuse the lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the lining fabric.
3) Fuse the lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket front fabric.
4) Make the pocket by placing the pocket front on top of the pocket lining, wrong sides together. Line up the bottom edges.
5) Fold the top edge of the lining over ½” so that the raw edges meet. Press. Fold the lining fabric over ½” again so the lining creates a band across the top of the pocket and encases the raw edges.
6) Topstitch along the bottom of the band with a 3.0mm stitch length. Set aside.
7) Audition hexie placement for fussy cutting on the feature fabric. On the wrong side of fabric, trace the template of the hexagon with a water soluble pen. Be sure to include a generous ¼” seam allowance.
*If using light colored fabric, apply a layer of lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric before tracing and cutting your hexagons. This will prevent you from seeing through the fabric when you applique your hexagons on the front of your needle book.
8) Cut fabric along the drawn lines.
9) Center hexie template on the wrong side of fabric. Fold down one side of the fabric over the template. Finger crease along the fold.
Working counter-clockwise, fold down each side of the fabric, finger pressing as you go. With a needle and knotted thread, take a stitch at the first corner, working around the hexagon as you fold. Do not sew through the paper template.
Stitch each side, knotting stitches at the last corner. Press hexagons with an iron and then remove the papers.
10) Pin the hexagons in place on the outer fabric of needle book. Be sure to leave a ½” margin around the edges of the needle book and an open place down the center for folding.
11) Hand sew the hexagons in place with coordinating embroidery floss or thread. Set aside.
12) Place the felt on the right side of the pocket, 1” over from the edge and ½” up from the bottom. Sew down the center of the felt, backstitching at the beginning and end.
13) Place the pocket on the lining with the bottom edges lined up. On the pocket, stitch a vertical line from the band to the bottom of the pocket 3-1/2” in from the left edge. Baste the pocket in place on the lining with a 5.0mm stitch length and a ⅛” seam allowance.
14) Fold the lining in half and crease to find the center. Place lining over the outer fabric, wrong sides together. Line up bottom edges. Stitch a down the center crease of the lining from the top to the bottom. This will hold the lining and the outer fabric together.
1) Place the binding strips right sides together at a right angle. Fold the top right corner down to meet the bottom left corner. Finger press the crease. Release the fabric.
2) Sew along the crease from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Trim to the right of the stitches leaving a ¼” seam allowance.
3) Repeat steps 1 and 2 for remaining strips of fabric. You should now have one continuous strip.
4) With an iron, press each of the seams open and flat. Fold the binding in half lengthwise and press.
5) Starting at the bottom left corner of the needle book on the lining side, align raw edges of binding strip and the bottom of the needle book. Leave a 3” tail at the beginning.
6) Backstitching at the beginning of your stitches, sew along the raw edges of the binding with a ¼” seam allowance. When you are ¼” from the corner, pivot and sew to the corner. Clip your threads.
7) Turn your needle book so the binding is at the top. Fold the long tail of the binding up over the corner making a right angle. Then fold the binding down over itself, aligning the fold with the edge of the needlebook. Pin in place.
Sew the binding in place starting ¼” down from the corner. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the remaining corners.
When you have stitched the binding on the last corner, sew 3 more inches and stop. Backstitch. This leaves a long tail of binding unsewn.
8) Trim unsewn binding strips so they overlap by ½”.
9) Unfold binding ends. Bring right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Refold binding and stitch the unsewn binding in place, backstitching at the beginning and end.
10) To complete the binding, bring the folded edge of the binding to the front of the needle book, encasing the raw edges.
11) Using a needle and thread, hand stitch the binding in place using the ladder stitch.
12) To apply the snap, use the plastic snap fastener pliers kit.
Make a small dot on the cover 3.5” down from the top and ½” in from the right edge. Use the awl to poke a hole through the fabric.
Insert the snap cap prong into the hole on the outside of the needle book. On the inside, place the stud over the prong. Use the snap pliers to apply the snap.
Repeat for the remaining part of the snap (the cap and the socket) on the other side of the needle book.
It’s done! Your needle book is now complete! Fill it with notions and you’ll be all set for hand-stitching.
Here’s what ours looks like – front, back, and inside filled with goodies.
What essentials would you keep in your needle book? Let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
Big thanks to Jennifer Mathis for creating this super cute project for us! Jennifer loves modern sewing and design – we’re big fans of her work! Check out more of her tutorials, patterns, and inspiration at Ellison Lane.