Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Needlebook

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.

13 comments:

Pat said...

That needlecase is WONDERFUL. You did a great job with it.

sallyannequilter said...

Love your needlecase. Great job.

Sharon said...

Wow, that's great. I think you thought of everything! Love the needle threader holder...very clever! (And I love that Mark Lipinski print too. Yum!)

Zoey said...

What a great needlecase. I bet it will come in handy for your classes.

sewnut said...

Very well thought out!

Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

This is super. That print is great and your design is so well thought out and no surprise, beautifully crafted. Love that needle threader leash! You are such a clever little rat :)

kanishk said...

very clever! (And I love that Mark Lipinski print

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Zlaty said...

Great needle book! I love how you customize it!

Enjoy it and happy sewing!

Kim said...

That fabulous fabric looks just like your doodles! great project...

How large are you going to make your New York beauty?

Happy sewing,
Kim

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea!
Have needlecase, will travel to classes :)
Very cool!

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Diane J. Evans said...

Gosh, you are clever! You've inspired me, once again. I'm telling you -- you could write a book!

Diane

Jaye said...

Your needlecase is absolutely wonderful! I can't believe you made it up as you went along. I'll take it if you want to give it to me! ;-)

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