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Welcome. I’m here to talk about creating an intentional wardrobe that is ethical, affordable, beautiful, and comfortable. I mostly make yarn, knit, sew, thrift, and mend to do it.

Quick-Make Felt Sewing Needle Book: Finished in under 15 minutes

Quick-Make Felt Sewing Needle Book: Finished in under 15 minutes

This has been a really fun week of crafting for me. I finished a refashioning project that I’m very excited to share with you once I get better pictures of the final result. I also had a craft day with a friend where we sat from noon to 6:00 and just worked on projects. It’s amazing how much you can get done when small children aren’t interrupting you every few minutes. Not that I’m complaining about interruptions. After 6 hours in one chair, my body was feeling the effects of being stationary.

Aches and pain aside. I finished mending my old flannel shirt I blogged about last week. I also fixed a couple of my friend’s old handbags, mended some pants whose hems had unraveled, spun a few yards of cotton on my Turkish spindle, embroidered my dress as a quick mend, and made a little needle book to organize my sewing needles.

The idea for this little needle book to hold my sewing needles came from a book I rented from the library called Sewing Happiness. For ages I’ve put up with my needles rattling around in my sewing jar. This handy little needle book made of felt can be finished in under 15 minutes. It’s a great little project to help keep any sewing kit more organized. Of course you can make them extremely fancy, but here’s the basic steps for a simple needle case.

SUPPLIES

Here’s my sewing needles lined up in their new little bed. You can see my big ol’ darning needle found a place too so it’s not rattling around in my supply jar.

Here’s my sewing needles lined up in their new little bed. You can see my big ol’ darning needle found a place too so it’s not rattling around in my supply jar.

Felt scrap - enough for approximately 3” x 4” rectangle and a 1” x 2” rectangle
Sewing needle
Thread
Embroidery floss (optional for cuteness)
Safety pin or button - to hold the book closed (or cuteness)

MAKING THE BOOK

  1. Cut a rectangle of felt the same height and twice as wide as you want your book to be. This will be the front and back cover of the book

  2. Cut a second rectangle 1/2 the width of the first and about 1/3 the height. This will be where you can slide the needles in.

  3. Attach the small rectangle on the right half of the book placing it halfway down. Stitch it in place with a needle and thread. One straight line will do the trick.

  4. Add embroidery or decorations to the cover. This is the time to add a button and a loop if you prefer to close it that way.

  5. Place in your needles and close book. I fastened mine with a safety pin since I like to keep one near while I’m sewing anyway.

    It’s a short and sweet post this week as I’m hoping to do a much longer one next week on my refashioned dress. Stay tuned!

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