Make It Yourself: Travel Size Needle Book


One of the best part of embroidery is that it's easy to pick up and go! To keep my needle and needle minder safe in transit, I made this mini needle book! Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need:

Materials and Supplies:

  • Main Fabric: 1x 5" x 2.5" rectangle

  • Lining Fabric: 1x 5" x 2.5" rectangle

  • Iron on Interfacing: 2x 1.5" squares

  • Felt - 1x 3.5" x 1.5" rectange

  • Small length of thin elastic

  • 1 button

  • Sewing Machine Thread

  • Hand sewing needle

  • Sewing Machine

  • Pins

  • Iron

Let's Sew!

1. Start by trimming all your materials to size, I used scraps from previous projects for my fabrics. For a nice edge on your felt, use pinking shears to trim them to size. Apply your interfacing to the wrong side of your lining fabric. Use either an iron or mini heat press on the lowest heat, taking care to not melt the interfacing. Press firmly until completely attached to your material.

2. With right sides together, pin your lining and main fabrics together leaving a 2 inch gap along the top edge. Stitch with a 1/8th inch seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at the two edges and trim the excess thread.

3. Through the opening your left, turn right sides out, use a pin to carefully tease the corners out. Press, making sure to tuck in the edges of the opening to hide the raw edges. Pin in place and stitch close to the edge, making sure to lift your presser foot, turn and line up the edge at each corner. Trim the excess thread

4. Place your felt in the centre of the needlebook and stitch one line down the centre to secure in place.

5. Measure your elastic, ensuring it's long enough to go around your chosen button and there's enough length to stitch to the inside of the needle book. Use a clip to secure to the right edge of your needlebook and carefully stitch over the ends of the elastic, going back and forth a sew times over the same spot to secure in place. Trim the excess thread and elastic ends.

6. To finish, stitch your button in place on the left front of your needle book. Optionally, if you want to add contrast, use one strand of embroidery thread to stitch your button in place, taking care to keep the stitching on the back as neat as possible.

And you're done! Pop your needle minder on one side of the felt, and needle on the other and you're ready to stitch on the go! If you enjoyed this project please considering liking, leaving a comment or sharing the link💗

Happy Stitching🪡


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