Thursday, January 24, 2013

Needle Book Tutorial~With Free Template!

This post is so photo heavy! 
I apologize in advance but hopefully all the pictures will answer all of your questions! 
If not, fire away!

You will need:
3 coordinating fabrics (fat quarter or smaller will work)
1 piece of batting
1 button
6 inches of thin elastic
Printed template (you can download it here)
Use the template to cut your cover fabric and your inside fabric
 Then fold template on line
And cut your third piece of fabric for the pocket
 You'll have one cover, one inside and one pocket
 Fold your pocket fabric in half lengthwise and sew down the creased side. That way your pocket looks good from the outside and the inside.
Cut your piece of batting to the size of the full template
 Pin cover fabric to the batting,
 and quilt as desired. 
I ended up doing a diamond pattern and then played around with some embroidery. 
Try stitching your initials, add ribbon or ricrac. Make it yours!
 Sew your button on the right hand side about an inch in from the side.
Tie a knot in your elastic.
Place loop facing in on the left side.
 Lay your pocket on top. 
You'll cry if you don't.
Stitched edge up? Check!
 Lay your inside fabric on top of the stack. 
If it has a print, make sure the print is facing the inside of the sandwich, NOT you. 
Pin Pin Pin. 
And then sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around, making sure to leave an opening.
Once sewn, snip your corners.
 This step is optional but to make it sturdy you can serge the edge. 
The easiest way to do this is set your machine on a zigzag stitch and let the needle only catch the side of the fabric and fall off on the other half of the zag. 
Goodness that is confusing.
  Pull your needle book right-side out.
Use a pencil, crochet hook, bobby pin, whatever you like to poke the corners out. 
Iron the book nice and flat, tucking in the opening flap to match the seam.
 Do a 1/4inch top stitch all around the edge of the needle book.
This will sew up your opening and give the book a nice, clean look.
 Cut your felt to 3 1/2 inch by 7 inch strips.
I had 3 strips total.
Embellish them any way you like.
I cut 2 1/2 inch circles and sewed them on.
 Pin your pages in your book,
and sew down the center.
 Yay! It's finished!

I made the one below the exact same way. 
Only for the cover fabric I pieced scraps together for a quilted look.
I just kept sewing until I had a full piece of fabric the size of the template.
And of course if you have any questions I am happy to answer them!
Happy crafting!


  1. Thank you so much for this KO, I actually think I will be able to follow along and create my own sewn needle case! Great directions and the photos are very helpful.

  2. I can't wait to tell my sister to check this out! She sews and I think this would be a fun project for her :)

  3. OMG! Too cute. You really are a good seamstress. I cold learn a lot from you.
    What is the metal bar coming from the machine I see on the quilting pic?
    and...did you hand embroider that or use a machine?

    1. Oh that is totally machine embroidery! I wish I could do something like that by hand :) As for the little metal bar, you should have one in the bag of accessories that came with your Pfaff. It's a quilting guide and it slides into a little hole behind the foot and you can set it at whatever length you would like. It is amazing for giving you nice straight quilting lines!

    2. did you do the embroidery on your pfaff? GUESSING NOT!

  4. Great tutorial and a fabulous needle case!!! I love the little pocket for scissors... so handy. Hope you don't mind, but I'm pinning this.

  5. Belíssimo, amei!
    Espero poder copia-lo; parabéns!

  6. I really loved this tutorial... the pictures are great!!!

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  9. An old friend gave me a pattern for a little folded needle/pin holder, I will send a picture if you are interested, it's sort of a circle that folds. Have you seen one? I love yours, and plan to make one for grandkids along with some pin cushions.

  10. Excellent tutorial, and there are never too many photos. This is high on my' to do for Christmas' list. Thank you for Sharing.

  11. Thanks so much for sharing! I have just made this little needle book for a friend for Christmas and it turned out wonderful!

  12. This is so cute, and functional! What a great tutorial, too! Thanks so much for your beautiful project!

  13. Love it, love it, love it! It's exactly what I was looking for. My friends are going to get a nice surprise. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! I made one and it turned out just great! You are so talent!!!!

  15. Thank you for sharing this lovely project. Never too many photos on such tutorials.

    I finished this today. Made 2 mistakes and one mishap, lol, but it was my very FIRST sewing project!!
    The corners are bulky though, despite snipping them as you did, and I couldn't get them under my machine's foot. I managed but wonder how I could fix that next time.

  16. Great tutorial! Thanks.

  17. pattern doesn't download. looks like a rectangle. can you just tell us what those dimensions are?

  18. Thank you so much for an excellent tutorial.

  19. I've been looking for the perfect needle book and this is it!! Thank you!

  20. I make something every year for my girlfriends on MY birthday to give to them. I want them to know how important they are to me in my life. My question is the round material on the page 2 of the needle book? I'm not sure what it is for are how to use it. Thanks for sharing you talents with us. I loved all the photos. Never too many when you are learning how to do something for the first time.


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  23. I have been looking for a pattern like this. I could have made one myself but that would have required a lot of math! Thanks so much!

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  25. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I am always amazed by the generosity of people like yourself who share their talents with others. Can't wait to make this!

  26. Thank you so much for this little tutorial. I have been trying to find something uncomplicated and this is it!

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  28. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Just the thing for Xmas presents.

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  30. Hi, I have been trying to download your template but it keeps telling me I need permission. Is it possible to send me the dimensions of the template or a template pdf? Thank you.

  31. This is great as an idea of how to set up my booklet. The only addition I'll be making to mine is to add labels to each page so I can quickly see what type and size needles are on each page.

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  33. great tutorial thanks. I am unable to download the template. could you please tell me the measurements. I'm not sure how much bigger than the pages to make the cover

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  35. I’ve made your needle cover for myself and gifts loved by all. Have misplaced my pattern and your blog won’t let me download. I see other requests here too can you please allow us to receive the pattern again? So appreciate your talent and kind heart to share with us.

  36. I made this and it turned out so cute! The only thing I did differently was to sew some small buttons in a row at the top of a couple of the felt 'pages' of the book so I could wind any thread left on needles around them to keep them from tangling. I added a small row of matching felt backed with interfacing at the top back of those two pages to make them sturdier for the buttons.

  37. Thank you so much for your kind generosity. Your photo's; instructions and tone were, clear, accurate and engaging. It was a pleasure.

  38. Thank you for the pattern, photos, and tutorial! Everything is so easy to follow. Could you please add the dimensions of the needle book to the written directions? Google will not allow access to the file. TIA!

  39. I love this pattern and am dying to make it but I can't get to the google drive to get template. Could you let me know the dimensions of the two pieces? Thanks.