How to Stitch Up a Felt Needle Book

comments (11) September 18th, 2014     

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Keep all your types of needles organized in this cute felt needle book.
Heres all you need to make a sweet and functional needle book.
I finally know where to find my needles!
Keep all your types of needles organized in this cute felt needle book.

Keep all your types of needles organized in this cute felt needle book.

Photo: Kayte Terry

If you are anything like me, you have dozens of half-empty needle packs lying around in your sewing stash. I open them, I lose them, and then I go out and buy another one, just in time to find the old one. So I am making this felt needle book for both of us, me and you. Because I'm sure there are some other people out there who need to keep their needles organized, too!

What you'll need:

  • Wool felt in several colors
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Fabric scissors
  • Two buttons
  • Sewing machine (If you don't have a sewing machine, you can handsew these pieces)
  • Needle and thread

1. Using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut a 5 x 8-inch piece of wool felt for the needle book cover. Cut two 4-1/2 x 7-inch pieces (or three if you have lots of needles!) of felt for the pages of the book. Cut a 1 x 2-1/2-inch piece of felt for the closure. Round one end of the closure with scissors.

  Here's all you need to make a sweet and functional needle book.

2. Fold the cover in half and press. Sew a button on the front cover of the book, halfway up the side of the cover.

3. Open the cover and center the felt pages on the cover. Pin and fold in half again. Finger-press the fold. Open the book again and sew down the fold through the pages and cover.

  Sew on the tab closure to secure, then add topstitching for a nice extra touch.

4. Sew the closure to the back outside of the cover, overlapping 1 inch of the closure on to the back cover. Topstitch around the closure. Cut a slit close to the end of the closure for a buttonhole.

  For flowers, cut fringe every 1/8 inch in a strip of felt, being careful not to cut all the way through!

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Comments (11)

user-5760798 writes: I don't know if this is of interest to anyone, but these needle books are being made by at least 1 person who heavily embellishes them with beads, for leaders, and marks each 'page' with the most common sizes of needles used by readers (10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15) using Delica beads in black and white.
For example, the edges of the cover may be trimmed in bugle beads all around, then The whole cover is filled in with many, many seed beads, some of the smaller flatter Swarovski crystals using bead embroidery.
She charges $395.00 for these and gets it! And they are beautiful...
Just wanted to share...
Posted: 9:27 pm on August 22nd
Fabric1869 writes: I love my moleskin journal and never thought of making my own. Thanks!
Posted: 8:56 am on March 26th
EchoLin writes: finally, i find a good way to collect the neddles.
Posted: 5:11 am on March 19th
MixedKreations writes: This is so cute! What a great way to store sewing needles. Love the little fringe flowers. Featured on my blog with link back to tutorial. Thank you so much for sharing.

Pinning and sharing.
Posted: 5:40 pm on September 14th
KayleeTea writes: These are so cool they totally remind me of something my granny would own, but SO much cooler
Posted: 8:49 pm on May 16th
sigridsoto writes: nice
Posted: 4:48 am on January 24th
Anasofia writes: This idea is perfect for me!
Im so like you, really!
My sewing box is full of empty neddle bags!
and i love the idea of the book
im going to make it
Posted: 3:17 pm on December 7th
Lorelei7 writes: Cute! Cute! Cute!
Posted: 12:34 am on October 26th
Lalalauren writes: I love this! So cute! I would like to revamp this and maybe make a large one with pockets for my knitting and crochet needles!
Posted: 11:47 am on October 22nd
kaytet writes: i totally agree! i love when someone takes an idea i had and adapts it to their needs! it's so cool to see what people come up with!
Posted: 9:47 am on September 29th
LPERRY193 writes: This is a wonderful idea, that can be translated in to so many different projects. It's beautiful, easy, and makes wonderful gifts. Yes I made a sewing pin booklet but I included space for my sewing machine needles, that i mis-place more than anything.

With a bit of adapting my best friends daughter asked that I make her hardbound paper journal in to a nice wool felt covelet like shown above with the exception of brighter colors for a teenager. She loved it.

You can make it be whatever you want, it was nice for someone to record this wonderful idea but don't let it stop you from adding that creative flare. No person who shows their creation can not be more pleased to see how you all adapt or overcome and idea when one is found. Thank you.
Posted: 11:29 am on September 28th
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