Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tutorial Part I and a Giveaway!

So I spent my next-to-the-last free weekend before classes start back up again perfecting a needle book. I am guessing that is the best thing to call this. Basically I wanted something to stash most all of my embroidery supplies. Here is what it looks like:

It measures about 3 1/2 by 7 with enough pockets that I haven't been able to fill them yet. For the record... this is evolution number three of this project, I am not so much of a pre-planner, but more of a trial and error with "I wish I would've...." moments kinda person. So for the smart ones out there who like measurements and step by step instructions, I took measurements, and get this, pictures. Lets begin. shall we?

The overview:
The book has a cover and two internal pages, which means three flat pieces with a seam down the middle. I used regular craft felt, but you are more than welcomed to use nicer felt. I think craft felt works well when used with interfacing. I am also a big fan of the more instant gratification of crafts felt being available in town. I used my machine to stitch most of this, with the exception of the pink stitching.

Materials needed:
5 sheets of craft felt (9x12 in.) *you can get by with less is you want less color variability*
Button (yes, I am partial to vintage here)
The items you want the book to contain

Cut list:
(3) 7"x7" pieces for the outside cove, one of heavyweight interfacing 
(1) 7"x6" piece for middle page
(3) 7"x5" pieces for the center page, one of heavyweight interfacing
(2) 5"x1" pieces to embellish center page
(6) 1 1/2"x3 1/2" pieces for strap closure, two of heavyweight interfacing
(3) 1 1/2x2 1/4 pieces for scissors holder (not shown in above pic), one of interfacing

The pages are designed for the things I like to keep. If there is a tool you want included then start thinking now how you want to stash it on the front cover page, because there is room there. If you want to adapt this for needle felting or some other fun craft then just try to plan as much as possible ahead of time. It really is easy if you think ahead (unlike me). Take the chance now to decorate the cover in whatever manner you see fit. I hand-cut a leaf motif, but I am sure you can think of something better.

While you are deciding how to decorate your cover leave a comment here to enter a drawing to win one of these needle books made be yours truly. In your comment just let me know what colors you think would look best for you. I will pick a winner by random drawing on Friday, August 13th (creepy, I know). This tutorial will be in three parts, which means that you have 3 chances to enter. Stay tuned!

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