Sunday, 13 December 2009

Needle Book Sewing Tutorial

I have been putting together some kits for my crafty friends this Christmas and one of the things I have included are these little needle books made from the Lizzy House, Lollipop Trees fabric I got in this bundle from Fabric Rehab. 


I thought you might like to make some for yourself and your friends too if you have any odds and ends in your fabric stash, so here's what you need to do...

Kit: Fabric for cover, felt, ruler, scissors, pinking shears, needle, thread, sewing machine (optional)


  1. Cut out two 20cm x 10cm pieces of fabric and pin the right sides together.

  2. Leaving a 1cm seam allowance, sew 3 sides leaving one of the short sides open.

  3. Turn your work inside out and press.

  4. Where you still have an opening fold the 1cm seam allowance inside, press and pin closed.

  5. Hand stitch the opening closed with an invisible stitch.

  6. Cut 2 16cm x 7cm pieces of felt using your pinking shears.

  7. Pin the 2 pieces of felt in the middle of the fabric cover you have sewn.

  8. Fold the cover and felt in half like a book and press well to create a crease in the centre.

  9. Sew all the way along the crease from top to bottom through the fabric and 2 felt pieces.

  10. On the font cover sew 1cm in from the edge on all four sides to create a decorative square. Repeat for the back cover.

Have you been crafting for your friends and family this year? Id love to hear what you're making so tell me all about it in the comments section :)                      


  1. I will have to try and have a go at this, my needles are very messy :) Good tutorial.

  2. Let me know how you get on Abi, i hope you find the tutorial easy to follow :)

  3. Alex, I've just sent you an email in reply to yours regarding linen here in London :)
    This looks like a really cute little tutorial, which I shall have to try as I so need to sort my needles out too!

  4. I have been making some of these as gifts for my baby shower which is in a few weeks time. The tutorial is great and they look lovely. Thanks for the great idea and instructions!

  5. What a great idea. So glad you found the tutorial useful, I hope you have a lovely shower Laura! :)

  6. These are really cute. What a great way to use leftover pieces of fabric!

  7. thanks for stopping by Lula Bella hope you give the tutorial a try it is a great scrap buster!

  8. Hello, I have just made my second needle book following your tutorial. Thank you !
    PS I have put a thin layer of wadding in between the two layers of fabric (before turning everything inside out) and I've added a button and loop to close the needle book.
    Beatrice (from France).

  9. Thats great Beatrice im so glad your like the tutorial and its fantastic that you've adapted it to add a closure ect. I have also found that ironing interfacing to one of the 20x10 pieces is good if you want it to have a little more structure :) Thanks for stopping by x

  10. Hi,
    This looks like a great use for the little pieces in my stash of fabric, I can't wait to make a few! Thanks for posting it!