For the longest time I have been wanting to make myself a needlebook......well I have finally done it. I plan to take an applique class next week so this should come in handy.
I started with this fabulous Mark Lipinski print,
( LOVE this black and white) came up with a bit of a plan, decided on a size and then just kinda made it up as I went along. I put magnetic strip here on the inside so I won't be loosing my needles. I dug through some old jewelry findings and using a jump ring, attached a lobster claw to a short length of lightweight chain. It holds my needle threaders.
I have 6 felt "pages" to hold my betweens, straw, and basting needles along with glass head pins & safety pins.
I added a pouch with a flap and a little tiny pocket. This holds my thread snips, leather thimble and even my seam ripper.
For the pocket, I used a tightly woven batik for extra strength.
I made the inner and outer layers separately. The inside has the pockets and pages sewn to it using a piece of cotton on a medium weight stabilizer. The outer cotton print was stitched to a layer of a Timtex like product (at Fabricland it is called Flexi-Firm)
Once that was done I just put the two pieces wrong sides together, finished the edges with a zigzag stitch and added my closure.